Interview with Sidney (@sidneytrites)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I’ve been interested in music ever since I was a little kid. I’ve been performing since the age of 9 and writing songs since the age of 13. Music has always come naturally for me so it only made sense to pursue it professionally. I’ve released a few songs on all music streaming platforms and have lots more in the works.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Oddly enough, this story is how I actually got to record my music. I was performing at a festival in Moncton, all expenses were paid, so they must have really wanted me to sing. It was probably my favorite performance thus far. After I finished my set, I had someone approach me from a local radio station asking if I had any of my music recorded. We ended up exchanging information and I got recording probably a week later. Once the song was released he played it a lot. It’s a really fond memory of mine.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
The best advice I can give to someone looking to be in the music industry is to be patient and love your craft. Write because you want to, and about what feels right to you. Not every song is gonna be a hit, but as long as you’re putting out the things you want to say, that’s what matters. Not everyone will like your music, but if you’re confident about the quality, others tend to follow. Take your time and enjoy the ride.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I think the person I’m most grateful for is my mom. There were many times, even before I started writing my own music that I wanted to quit thinking I wasn’t good enough. I mean sure she probably had a bit of that family bias, but she has always encouraged me to keep going because she knows it’s what I love to do. She taught me that there’s always gonna be critics, but that the people who support me are the ones I should be focusing on, and writing for. So because of her, I still write and have lots of songs ready to record and share with you all.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Although my songs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, I’ve had a lot of people reach out to me over the past few years about the relatability in my music. The first song I had released was about bullying, towards someone who’s doing everything they can but still gets pushed aside. I’ve been through that, especially through middle school and high school, so it came from the heart. I’ve had people tell me it made them feel not so alone, it’s not always something that gets talked about through music. I think anything that’s honest and genuine, whether it’s music or whatever, is good for the world. Nobody is perfect so why sugarcoat it?
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Don’t let someone’s opinion of you affect your self-image. Only you know who you are. I used to be very insecure about what others thought about me, even trying to change myself to be a people pleaser. The reality is that not everyone will like you, and that’s okay. Those who take the time to actually get to know you are the ones that matter. People will always talk, that’s just the way it is. So let them. Those who matter will know better and so will you.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My Instagram is @sidneytrites, I also have a TikTok that I post on every once in a while with the user @sidneylovesyou. I can be reached on either one so don’t be shy 🙂
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
I am a singer-songwriter from Fredericton, New Brunswick. My newest release “The Things I Should Have Said” is available on all streaming platforms. New music is on its way!