Trevor Green recently released his fifth album Voice of the Wind. It's a unique melding of Native American and Australian roots music. Rob had a chance to catch up with Trevor over email recently and here is what transpired.
Rob 1340 (RF): Hi Trevor, your story is an interesting one. How did you come to your unique blend of North American and Australian culture?
Trevor Green (TG): Years ago I began to spend time writing music and meditating on a piece of land called the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Preserve and listening to the deeper understanding of what it was that was coming through my music. I soon found out, that where I was going was a sacred burial site for the indigenous people of the land. I began to write music here and pray for the spirit of the land and it was soon after that I encountered a brother who would later adopt me into his Navajo family. As my connection to spirit grew deeper I was called to Australia to study the roots of the didgeridoo and gain a deeper understanding behind the instrument that had been a part of my music for years. I have been drawn to honor the spirit of our ancestors past and present and through the music I believe their voice can be heard and help to inspire the healing power and purpose within us all.
RF: When did you discover the didgeridoo?
TG: When I was 24 I was working at wilderness program in the mountains of Idaho with children who were sent away from their homes for various reasons. One of the children there played the didgeridoo and we shared time together playing music. That’s when I first experienced the magic of the instrument.
RF: Voice of the Wind is your fourth full-length record, what made recording it unique to your prior records?
TG: This record was unique to previous records in so many ways. We launched a crowdfunding campaign and received the support that sent my wife, children, adopted nephew and me on a 25 show tour of Australia and into the indigenous regions in the Northern Territory, where we were invited by elder Djalu Gurruwiwi to sit with the Galpu Clan of NE Arnhem Land. What we experienced there was something I will hold close forever. When we returned I decided that we would record the album in Joshua Tree. Recording in the energy of that space allowed the magic that we brought back with us to come to life without any distraction.
RF: What albums were you listening to while recording it?
TG: At the time I was listening to some older recordings of Peter Gabriel with co-producer Robbi Rob.
RF: What were your favorite parts of recording Voice of the Wind?
TG: The making of this record was incredible in so many ways. First, the team was amazing! I co-produced this album with Robbi Rob, which I had not done on previous albums. The nature of these songs and the inspiration behind them all brought a purpose to the sessions that united everyone in a special way and made this recording something very different than just recording music. The place we recorded had never been recorded in before. We were able to build a custom studio and live there for 3 weeks. It allowed us to infuse the intention and spirit of our work into the space without any distractions...and having the beauty and silence of Joshua Tree National Park outside the door didn’t hurt. We also held ceremony on the land the night before recording to set intention for what we wanted this work to bring forward.
RF: I see you have some dates coming in the next few months, do you have any plans to tour in the near future?
TG: We are working on touring the record in the US over the summer/early fall months and in late fall/early winter we plan to head to Australia.
RF: What is the most exciting thing about music to you today?
TG: The most exciting thing I have found in music today is that there is no one model to go by. The industry has been broken wide open and seems to be looking for a new way forward. I believe it is the responsibility of the musician to give a voice to those doing good work and through bringing service to communities, we can find a greater sense of purpose and support and use the platform to go beyond just offering entertainment.
RF: What is the most disappointing thing about music to you today?
TG: Hard to say...I see 3 sides to it...I feel that as an artist who is given a platform to reach millions, it is a responsibility to serve humanity and assist in bringing the masses together and give back. I also think the industry carries responsibility to operate with integrity, keeping the art before the dollar...and last I feel it’s the obligation of the listener to support the artist and make it clear that what they value is worth much more than free music or even a .99 cent download.
RF: Who are your heroes and why?
TG: So many!! My wife and children are heroes. They have given me the inspiration to walk my path with conviction and truth and deep purpose. I see all those doing good for humanity as heroes as well. So many that are never recognized yet doing so much. They deserve the recognition for their heroic work.
RF: Where can people learn more about you and your music?
RF: Thank you very much, Trevor!