PAINTING A PRETTY PICTURE
TRISTAN PRETTYMAN SPEAKS FOR US ALL
We met up with North County's favorite surfer songstress and took some serious notes on the IDEAL DAY.
PHOTOS: BRAD COHEN
Aday in the life of singer, songwriter & mama, Tristan Prettyman @tristanprettyman. She opened up her house to our team, she sang to us, played guitar and even made us the most delicious smoothie, all while rocking our new Salt Air collection.
ER: Being a mom and an artist, how do keep up your creative energy and find the time to work on what fulfills you
TP: Since becoming a mom, my creative flow is definitely a bit choppy. Things take longer. Lots of pausing and stopping. At first it was frustrating because I rarely had these long windows to create and let my mind wander. After my son was born, it became an hour here, 30 minutes there. I had to reframe my expectations and be open to this new way of how the creative expression was going to come through. Boundaries are a good place to start. I end up saying no to a lot of things so that I can work in my studio when my son is at school. I try to remember that I toured for 15 years straight and these moments with my son are happening in the now and I won’t get them back, as parents we don't get make up days. I am fortunate to not have a more traditional 9- 5 job that keeps me away from him most of the day. I also try not to “should" all over myself, as my friend Tricia Huffman talks bout in her upcoming book F The Shoulds, it’s easy for me to beat myself up for not being more creative or producing more content. One thing I know is that that the creative flow cannot be forced, and I know that the most beautiful creations come from the experiences we have when we are fully immersed in life, living and aligned with our authentic wants.
ER: Tell us about the projects you have coming up! We're so excited to hear some new music!
TP: Oooh so many things in the works. I feel like I have multiple projects going on right now. Lots of ideas brewing. But over all, I am always working on new music. Right now i'm exploring with a more programmed electronic sound. I have always loved lounge-chill vibes, beats and hip hop. But I also really love super quiet cozy folk songs. I really want to put together a kids album at some point, and an instrumental meditation/medicine journey album, and am digging collaborating with other artists as well. Im kinda just feeling into where music wants to take me at the moment. I can easily get into that mode of should - I should be making this kind of music, writing this kind of song, etc. But I am trying to just be open and cultivate that stillness so that whatever wants to come through can come through. When it comes to music, I always keep it authentic. I have never been into cranking out songs just to stay current or relevant. I feel super grateful my fans are down to drift with me wherever I go, if I wanna go color outside the lines, they seem to embrace it rather than want to keep me the same as I have always been.