I was born Scott T. Mallory, Jr. (known to most as “Trent”) in Washington, D.C. and first took pleasure in visual arts and creative writing. I learned to play congas around age 8, mostly influenced by Go-Go music (a percussive syncopated genre originated by Chuck Brown in D.C.). The congas were homemade, and held up by furniture and stacks of books. As that developed, I had the chance to spend time backstage on tour with reggae luminaries, and producer Philip “Fatis” Burrell bought me a set of LP congas, soon inviting me to perform with them, although I couldn’t ditch enough 5th grade classes to pursue that much further.
I continued playing with Go-Go bands through high school, and was persuaded to get a piano which opened another vast creative dimension as I started learning on my own. While pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts in the Studio Art Honors Program at University of Maryland, College Park (USA), I built a studio in 2006, learned to play several more instruments, and began recording various types of music as a “one man band” and added rapping to the toolset. Among my influences were Miles Davis, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Autechre, Portishead, Radiohead and Mos Def.
As my artwork evolved from drawing/painting to video art, I used my musical and technical experience to create accompanying sound art. At this time I began incorporating performance and writing. After graduating in 2008, my video work led me study film at London Film Academy (England) and Prague Film School (Czech Republic) and then 3D Animation & Visual Effects for Film at Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (Canada). Filmmaking is now my favored medium to combine everything. These were all directions I felt were necessary, and it was remarkable to me how a single comment, or moment, or particle, could launch me around the world and back and recalibrate the entire scope of things.
Since 2010, I have worked in visual effects including at Side Effects Software Inc (Toronto), done sound engineering and video work, taught English as a foreign language at private language institutions, and taught music, art, Spanish and algebra at charter and public schools. I also find teaching to be an engaging art in itself.
While completing a Masters in Visual/Media Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Canada), I now continue personal work and contributing to other projects and collaborations, exercising my passion for creative problem solving.
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