As I walked into Lost Property Bar off Hollywood and Vine last night, I was hit with three pleasant “firsts”: my first time at the trendy new whiskey bar in Hollywood, and my first time hearing both Angela Mukul and Trishes live.
The showcase, trending on social media under the hashtag #HwoodSongwriters, was put on by Los Angeles marketing company Alternative Ent, who specializes in indie branding. Tonight, Alternative Ent brought together singer/songwriters Angela Mukul and Trishes for their special showcase.
Up first, Angela Mukul stepped behind her guitar and up to the plate, wearing a favorite wide brimmed hat and an even wider smile. The singer/songwriter from Orange County first gained attention with her thick voice and energetic melodies as a contestant on The CW’s “The Next” vocal competition. From there, she has released her debut EP “Free” and a single “I’d Rather Be Single”.
Last night, however, the audience was treated with several new songs from Mukul. Her soulful, yet hometown country vibes, soared over the simple acoustic accompaniment from chorus to chorus. Despite the loud room and difficult acoustics, Mukul didn’t sacrifice a single emotional dynamic, allowing her songs to ebb and flow as they were meant to. The songwriter further showcased her comfortable stage presence as she made an effort to connect with every member of the audience, drawing them in one by one. Saving her best song for last, “Bomb” left the audience in a rapture of cheers, and the gentleman next to me whistled the melody until Trishes took the stage.
Trish Hosein performs under stage name Trishes, an allusion to her use of loops during her performances. As the artist settled in behind her keyboard in her signature facial war paint, it was clear we were in for a show. The Berklee grad started her set with a quick beatbox into the microphone, threw a loop on it, and continued to layer her first song before adding her full and practiced vocals. Between the layers, melodic choices, and fresh lyrics, Trishes transformed the bar into a one woman theater, showcasing her skills as a musical storyteller.
While the comparison to Imogen Heap could be made, Trishes moves away from the pop world and comes into her own in a theatrical element that is a unique and uncharted territory. From creating a song out of the year and month she was born to covering Sia’s “Elastic Heart”, bringing a new meaning and light to the already powerful lyrics, this young artist is primed for takeover.
Having already gained attention from around the world, I anticipate only great and innovative things from these two Los Angeles singer-songwriters.
Drea Dorman is a singer-songwriter and music blogger living in Los Angeles, CA. Learn more about Drea and her music at www.dreaofficialmusic.com.