Indy Spotlight: Nate Trillo


Explain who you are for those who don’t know
I’m an 18 year old Hip-Hop artist and director out of Dallas, TX. I plan on using both my visual and musical talents to stand out from the crowd and not only break down stereotypes, but also break down barriers in connecting both industries.
How did you come up with your name?
Nate Trillo is actually my real name, that’s sick isn’t it? I wasn’t about to ruin that opportunity by calling myself, “Lil Trill,” or something like that. Changing it to anything besides Nate Trillo would seem like a waste and wouldn’t have as much of an effect. People were telling me it sounded like a celebrity-name even before I started making music so I just had to stick with it.

Where are you from?

I was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in a small town just outside of Dallas called Midlothian. I’m really repping the DFW area and Midlo as a whole since both of the communities have treated me so well and showed a lot of support.

Whats it like growing up where your from?

There’s not a lot of Hip-Hop culture where I’m from giving that it’s a small rural Texas town, but the culture is definitely working it’s way in. Dallas/Fort Worth on the other hand has some major talent right now just waiting to hit it big time; Go Yayo, $hredd, Bobby Sessions…and I think the DFW area is about to takeoff soon enough, and I won’t be too far behind when it does.

How did you get into music?

Originally I was a full-time filmmaker and director, I’d post a few shorts every now and then and got pretty skilled at video editing, (which gives me a huge advantage with music videos.) Even though people liked it, I wasn’t reaching as big of an audience as I wanted to. Then one day, I was playing around with some new music software and created a remix to “Walked In” by Bankroll Fresh just for fun. I shared what I did “just for fun” to my social media and the response from people was absolutely overwhelming. Soon enough, they started asking for more music and the rest is history.

What makes you different than other artists?

Well to start off, I can admit that I definitely don’t LOOK like what people expect from someone making my kind of music, and the way I talk, act, and carry myself is very different than most Hip-Hop artists. I would say I’m very light-hearted, and I’m super big on positivity. At first glance, a lot of people would say I don’t “fit the image” of a Hip-Hop artist, but that’s exactly what I’m trying to prove. I embrace every thing that might be different about me and use it to define my image, all while breaking down any stereotypes in the process.

What are you currently working on?

Right now, I’m just about ready to release my debut project VACATION. I’ve made a few singles in the past in order to improve my quality and find my sound, but this is going to be like nothing I’ve ever released before. My own fan base won’t even expect to hear anything like what’s on Vacation, because there’s so much new content on there.  What my fans CAN expect though are plenty new music videos AND even a short film for Vacation. All of this is coming just around the corner so people should be getting really excited pretty soon.

Anything you would like to say? 

Just that anything is possible, really. I can’t stress enough how important positivity is to getting what you want out of life. Things come up and things happen but you just got to push through and treat what you’re trying to get like it’s already yours.


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