Elson invites you to listen to his soul.
The 30-something singer/ songwriter/
multi-instrumentalist, born and raised in the diverse Los Angeles
community of East Hollywood ("I'm just a
Filipino kid who grew up listening to black music in an Armenian
neighborhood where people spoke Spanish and ate Thai food," as he
describes himself) has always done things a little differently.
In the '80s, Elson Trinidad was no normal teenager. Instead of hanging out
in malls, he was obsessed with synthesizers and drum machines, inspired by
British new wave/techno-pop and early hip-hop. He spent many a summer
vacation recording his own music on a 4-track cassette recorder.
In the '90s, instead of playing in three-chord alterna-grunge bands, he
opted for the more jazzier, funkier side of things, playing in acid-jazz
bands in venues alongside local artists such as the Black Eyed Peas and
In the early '00s, when dance/electronica made its peak, instead of merely
spinning records, he opted to perform his electronic rhythms live - having
performed under the name
e:trinity - and
sampled sounds and influences from Asian music as well.
Now, this music artist once again reinvents himself,
making his own original flavor of
singing from his soulful, 3 ½-octave range voice, honed over the years
from school choruses, karaoke nights, jam sessions, local bands and gospel
Elson has also had the opportunity to perform with one of his biggest musical influences - Stevie Wonder - in 2009, and also performed with members of The Black Eyed Peas in the 1990s.
Elson's voice has graced such venues in Los Angeles as The House of Blues Sunset Strip, The Greek Theatre, The Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels and The Avalon Hollyood.
Sensing that soul has lost its emotion and R&B has lost its "B," Elson
hopes to once again do things a little differently, this time opting for a
more original soul sound, flavored with jazz, funk, electronic and world
influences, rather than merely imitating today's artists du jour.
Elson is currently playing live around his hometown of Los Angeles
backed by The Soul Barkada, a band of his superbly talented
and is working on their debut album, entitled, Brand New Thing, to be released in 2010.