In this digital age, our younger generation’s musical pursuits tends to veer towards a more electronic conquest. Ever since her youth, Troi Irons’ heart has been set on something more organic and natural, which starts with the food she eats and ends with her fingers on her guitar. The road to being a musician tends to be an arduous one, the brightness is usually dimmed momentarily, while the ups & downs run their course. Irons has found the ability to take all of those instances and craft them into a vehicle that moves her art forward—finding strength in solitude. Below Patrick Spears photographed Irons, and takes a moment to discuss everything from being homeschooled to the sustenance that keeps her head up and legs goin’.
PATRICK SPEARS: At what moment did you realize that you wanted to be a musician? And when you decided this, what kept you on the journey?
TROI IRONS: When I was twelve-years-old I picked up the guitar to play along with the music I liked. For the first time I felt like I had something that was mine. I'm happiest when I'm playing instruments. So I decided I'd do what makes me happy. I'm very determined. When I make a decision I stick to it at all costs. I had encouragement along the way. I had some false starts. I hit some low points. But [these experiences] taught me how to trust people.
You were home schooled and finished high school at age 12. What was that like?
That's a mixed box. It was lonely sometimes. I remember watching the school kids walk home together at 3pm. I wanted to be a part of a group. I guess the upside is I can't be a follower even if I wanted to be. I never learned that.
What inspires you?
Life. The little things inspire me. I couldn't find inner quiet the other day. When I looked outside, the cattails on the mountaintop were blowing and looked like waves in the sea. I felt so small and finally quiet.
You recently released your EP Turbulence. It's an amazing body of work. (I think it's magical.) How did the project come about?
Thank you. I started out writing songs about my coming of age, creating an album about that. Many artists kinda do that on-your-own-troubadour-live-in-car thing. Then I got sidetracked with a girl and it was the most toxic and destructive situation I've ever engaged in. It definitely shook my journey up. So Turbulence is kind of a crash-course, to introduce people to my world before I take them on the full journey.