The almighty Troi Alexandria Irons was named after the historical city of Troy in Turkey and the Great Alexandria who could never conquer that city. With such a powerful name, Troi Irons lives up to the greatness with the most amazing and soothing voice I have ever heard in my life. Initially I had related her sound to another amazing artist who I have been obsessed with for years named Imogen Heap. Although slightly similar in sound and vocal range, the two artists couldn’t be more different. As of right now if you search for Troi music online, you will only find two fairly new released records and a couple collaborations with other artists. This past year Troi was featured on Lupe Fiasco latest album Tetsuo & Youth. The song was called They.Resurrect.Over.New and it featured rapper Ab-Soul. Another Troi assisted track from the album is Body Of Work featuring Terrace Martin. So although there isn’t a lot of evidence to explain Troi’s greatness, I can guarantee you that will all change this year and when her debut album releases. Until then get to know Troi Irons from an exclusive interview I had with her.
Where did you grow up?
I moved to LA when I was 13 so I guess you could say I grew up here. I’ve never felt native to anywhere though. Every place is the same, human nature remains consistent.
What music were you singing along to most as a young Troi?
My first album was American Idiot by Green Day and the first song I ever played on guitar was Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles. It was all rock and roll in the early days.
What are the origins of your amazing name Troi?
My legal name is Troi Alexandria Irons. Troi after “Troy” the city that Alexander the Great could never capture and Alexandria after Alexander The Great. How’s that for self contradiction.
So are you signed to a major label now? Can you explain your deal a bit?
I’m actually not signed to a major label, just a publishing company. I was signed when I was younger but took a step back to develop my sound a little more. I’m in talks with a few labels now but taking it slow as I’m enjoying the creative freedom of being a free agent. I’ve gotten more done on my own than I ever did with a label. I feel like labels need to prove themselves to me at this point.
Your voice is amazing and I hate to compare voices to others, but i immediately thought of one of my favorite singers Imogen Heap (thats just my opinion). How did you develop such a beautiful voice?
I recently started listening to Imogen Heap since I get that comparison often. I respect and admire her and consider the grouping a compliment. I developed my vocal style from imitating the shit I grew up listening to like Evanescance, Green Day, and Niyaz. The falsetto yodel thing I developed as a cheat code because when I was younger, I couldn’t reach high notes. Now I can but it’s still fun to yodel here and there.
Can you discuss details of your major debut album or project release?
I’m currently working on my album with a lot of really cool collaborators but I can’t discuss much more than that. Just know that my music is coming very soon. Until then, I did two features on Lupe Fiasco’s latest album Tetsuo & Youth as well a couple of other features with some pretty big artists that will come out later this year. I’m excited.
What music have you been listening to most recently?
Recently I’ve been listening to Arca who I think could be the next Aphex Twin. Listening to a lot of Rachmaninoff right now because he’s great. And Prince. I listen to Prince every day.
What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I don’t really believe in time. I’m an infinite being. My only goal is to be all of me always and forever. Music soon.
Troi of Los Angeles is, in my mind, the next big singer songwriter with an original sound to explode. The volcano of Pompeii has nothing on her. Remember who introduced you to Troi Irons. Her music will change lives. It already has changed mine.