As we continue to follow the Mask Off Challenge inspired by Future’s song, Mask Off from his self-entitled album, “Future”, today we are spotlighting one of Baton Rouge’s own, violinist Trenton “T-Ray” Thomas. Check out T-Ray’s take below.
More About T-Ray
I’ve been playing violin for 16 years and began my journey as a young kid in elementary school and reconnected with it again in high school where I fell in love with playing. Within that time, I have been able to experiment with many assorted styles of music from when I was a young kid in the 90’s growing up during a prolific period of Hip-Hop and RnB. I studied jazz in high school at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and afterwards received my degree in music education from The University of New Orleans.
I’m originally from Baton Rouge, LA, but I have been based in New Orleans, LA for 11 years where I have built my career and life as a multi-genre violinist and have been able to travel the country doing so and overseas as well.
Why the Mask Off Challenge?
I heard Mask Off before but didn’t think that it would be a trend with instrumentalists. I decided to do my take on the #maskoffchallenge to show my versatility once again, and as somewhat of a non-verbal stance to show the world that instrumentalist can also play any type of genre. Many people think instrumentalist are just good for background sound on more popular tracks and those that come on the radio, but I believe with this challenge, it gives some insight to the misconception about the violin once again. There are so many of us (instrumentalists) in the world who are doing great things, and I believe this challenge has shown the masses that we do exist! It’s been amazing to see the response my video has gotten from people all over the country and the world as it went viral on NowThis, which got over 1 million views in the mashup video that they made with various #maskoffchallenge clips.
T-Ray’s love of Music
I am a lover of all types of music and am constantly listening to different styles and new artists to expand my own sound. I believe we draw our experiences from what we hear and experimenting with new sounds. Music has been a part of my life for so long, and I’m blessed to be able to make a living from my passion, which is playing the violin and writing music. It is indeed a dream come true!
And just for good measurement and since the days are sunny and it’s time for rooftop parties, also check out T-Ray’s covering Drake’s Hotline Bling.