Troy Hudson was previously known as one-third of girl group RD who were signed to Universal Records. More recently however, Troy has stepped out on her own, and has released her own project, ‘Protect Your Throne’. PYT is a 5-part Visual EP which saw Troy release a new video, and therefore the ‘next part’ of the story, every other Tuesday, using the hashtag #TrizzyTuesdays. Each part of the story took us through the trials and tribulations of love, life and emotion.
Verge Mag’s Tasha Demi sat down with Troy to discuss all things PYT…
Hot or Cold?
Sweet or Sour?
Hmm I donâ€™t know, I kinda like savoury *Laughs* Iâ€™m gonna go with sour
Phone Calls or Texting?
Instagram or Twitter?
Would you rather go back in time or to the future?
Back in time! Back to when I was youngerâ€¦ Iâ€™d do it all over again, my childhood was the best.
If you were a fairground ride, what would you be?
The Waltzer! I love it!
Would you rather be invisible or be able to fly?
Hmmâ€¦ Invisible! Iâ€™d go everywhere. Iâ€™d spy on everybody!
If you were in a film and there was an apocalypse, would you be a surviver?
Oooh I donâ€™t know! Iâ€™m scared of everything *Laughs*. Iâ€™m the one that always panics first!
If youâ€™re drunk, and you say â€˜I love youâ€™, does it count?
What is your weakness?
Ooh, trainers! I do love my trainers.
Tell me something that not many people know about youâ€¦
Iâ€™m very spiritual. I like to meditate.
Whatâ€™s your favourite song at the moment?
Jagged Edge – Hope. Theyâ€™ve got a new album that came out in October and I canâ€™t stop playing that song!
Tell me about the â€˜Protect Your Throneâ€™ project in your own wordsâ€¦
Protect your throne stems from protecting yourself, and your heart, and your mind. And putting yourself before anything. In terms of your emotions, or in a relationship, or with people in general. It stems from my own experiences. Sometimes youâ€™ve gotta put yourself first.
What made you decide to put out a visual EP?
I recorded all my songs separately and finished them all off and they didnâ€™t connect together at all. They werenâ€™t meant to. They were just individual songs. And then one day we were listening to it all back in the office, and everyone started saying that to them, it felt like I had written a story. So when we started talking about it, and then visualising each separate video and then we pieced it all together and you know what, it just worked *Laughs* So yeah, then we decided to just run with it and make it a visual EP with the whole story and each of the videos.
Is acting something youâ€™d like to also pursue? Youâ€™re doing a lot of that throughout these videoâ€™sâ€¦
Itâ€™s definitely something that Iâ€™d go into. Itâ€™s actually something that I do and something that Iâ€™ve been doing for as long as Iâ€™ve been singing. Iâ€™ve just been putting more of my time into my music. From a young age Iâ€™ve been doing performing arts, I went to a Theatre school and singing and acting were the main things I did.
Whatâ€™s your favourite video of them all?
My favourite video is actually â€˜Contemplatingâ€™. I also really enjoyed â€˜Head Over Heelsâ€™ because I loved all the comedy. Jazzie and Adot literally had us laughing the whole entire night when we were shooting that, and outside of shots they were just bantering away with everyone. It was the funniest thing ever.
Youâ€™re a real R&B girl and you keep that energy running through all of your projects. Do you think R&B music will ever make a major comeback?
I definitely think it can come back! The reason I make this music is because itâ€™s who I am. My influences all stem from R&B music from the 90s. Itâ€™s just something that comes natural to me. Itâ€™s like the fashion as well you know? Like, a lot of the fashion from around then has now come back around, and itâ€™s normal now. So I feel like the music could have the same impact.
What R&B artists are you listening to right now?
Iâ€™m still listening to Jhene. Iâ€™ve been listening to her from when she was young, but she still has it. I really enjoy her music. I like her sister too, Mila J. And you know what I really like – how different they are to each other!
How do you usually write your music? Do you have any specific processes? Is it based on real life orâ€¦?
It is based around personal experience yeah, but not only my personal experiences. Sometimes my peersâ€™ too. I donâ€™t really want to use the word â€˜inspiredâ€™, because sometimes people arenâ€™t in good situations so that sounds a bit wrong, but it just puts me in that frame of mind where I need to vent – you know? And sometimes the only way to vent is through a song. A lot of people would take to their statuses and everything, but I just take it to the studio, or record something on my phone.
Whatâ€™s your experience been like so far as a solo artist coming from a group?
At first I was nervous because I wasnâ€™t sure how people would perceive me as a solo artist, but Iâ€™ve been getting really good feedback. People have been so nice and supportive and telling me how much Iâ€™ve grown since RDâ€¦ Itâ€™s a really good feeling you know, to have been able to step out on my own and express myself how I want to express myself. It was a great experience being in RD, and I feel like Iâ€™ve learnt a lot from being in the group. And Iâ€™ve now been able to take things that I learnt back then, to guide me through all of this now.
Whats next for Troy Hudson?
Thereâ€™s gonna be a part 2 for â€˜Protect Your Throneâ€™. And I canâ€™t waittt for people to see what Iâ€™ve got in store for that. Itâ€™s gonna be different from this project, but the message is going to be the same. I canâ€™t wait to put it out. Itâ€™s gonna be out shortly, so look out for it!
Should we expect it to be done as a visual EP again?
Hmm, I reckon I could do that again *Laughs* Iâ€™ve been getting a lot of good feedback, and so if it works, then I may as well still run with that!
Make sure you head over to iTunes now to get your copy of â€˜Protect Your Throneâ€™ and follow @IAmTroyHudson on Twitter!