TRINA
SHOEMAKER

EMPOWERED WOMEN IN MUSIC

Meet Grammy Winner Trina Shoemaker.  The woman behind QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SHERYL CROW and more...

Thank you for being part of our zine.  Tell us more about your beginnings in the industry! How did you get your start?

First memory, The Little Drummer Boy.  3 or 4 years old.  I loved it. I carried the 45 record around with me like other kids carried their dolls - I have always attached myself to songs with little interest in who wrote or performed the song.  I loved listening to music in headphones ( they were kg the 1970 's kind on my kid head).  I  was fascinated with panning even then.  I got my start in the record business as a secretary at Capital Records in L.A . in the mid 1980s.  My recording career began in 1990 cleaning studio's in New Orleans.

Where are you from and where are you currently?

I currently live in Alabama near Mobile . I was born and raised in Illinois in a town about 40 minutes south of Chicago.

Goals for 2019 ?

To generate enough income to support my family.  Continue my quest for all things geological ( I love rocks ).  To be a good mom .  To take care of old horses. Deal with Type I Diabetes.  A record I produced this year will be released in a few months.  The artist is Doug Levitt.  It's my best work to date, I mixed the new records by The Indigo Girls, Tanya Tucker, The Secret Sisters and The Wood Brothers this year .

What have been the specific challenges in your career so far?  What have been the greatest achievements so far? ​

Everything about my career has been a challenge except my relationship to sound - Making enough money to survive is the greatest challenge. My greatest achievement is the fact that I still make a living making records after 30 years .

 

Please answer the followng, 'I couldn't have gone this far in my career without..." 

Nicorette gum, panty liners and weed and Tchad Blake belief in me early on in my career.

Top Inspirations?

 

Rupert Nine and every engineer that has ever worked for AM . The people who invented Genetic speakers, Nitida Tesla . Richard Dawkins and Sam Cooke .

More Dreams to Conquer?
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To became a geologist and artisan perfumer and open a horse rescue ranch. Tell the truth. Serve the song. Share the glory 

Any words of wisdom for artists out there? 

1.  Don't have a baby until your career has proven sufficient to support you unless you're already wealthy .
2.  If anyone harnesses you, make sure one or both of you end up in the hospital .
3.  Don't make being a woman an excuse for why you can't do something, it's bullshit .

INSTAGRAM  @trinashoemaker

THANK YOU TRINA!