This week was about stepping outside of our comfort zone as we interviewed the Seattle Local DJ/Producer: Treyis. An up and coming talent who has booked some serious gigs and has only been in the game a year and a half. His productions are professional in sound and and bring a funk that the music industry has not been able to put it’s grasp on yet. This bass loving musician takes an approach to create the best musical composition he can while making you you feel the kick in your chest.
Where are you from?
I am from Seattle, Washington
What made you want to start djing/producing?
I got into Electronic Music in back in 2011 when Skrillex started to emerge. I guess I’m one of the million who got inspired to do this, by him. I really didn’t get into it until a year and a half ago for production, same with djing. I wanted to get into it because, I was starting to get serious about wanting to produce and my interpretation was, is that you need to have both down in order to be successful in the industry. You can’t just be a good producer and a lackluster DJ and vice versa. So it kind of balances out and that was my mindset.
Who is your biggest influence(s)?
Sonny (Skrillex), got me into the industry but I’ve listening to a lot of AU5 and guys like that who really are taking music to the next level. They are not as well known as some of the commercial guys are but their production quality is top notch. I listen to a lot of SKisM for the way he mixes. I’m not trying to copy him but it but he really opens up your perspective of what you can do.
Whats you’re favorite record of all time?
That’s kinda hard. It kind of varies as you get older and change, your styles of music. When I was a kid I was really into Underoath a lot and I was into the post hard core and screamo bands so I was listening to a lot of that and I grew up drumming so I always listened to heavier type stuff to try to get technically better with my feet and syncopation so I was listening to metal and funk. My favorite album to this day is “They’re Only Chasing Safety” by Underoath or there is one by The Devil Wears Prada called “With Roots Above and Branches Below.”
What can you recall your favorite performance and where it was?
I got the privilege to open for Adventure Club back in October. They got booked at my old university which is Washington State University, Go Cougs, and this happened the semester after I graduated and I got called back to play for it. It was the first time I was playing for a massive crowd, for me at least, it was about 1,500 people and I had never done a show of much over 100.
Who do you want to collaborate with?
There are a lot of people. I still consider myself a noob with the production game but I would really cool to collaborate with some funky guys like Griz.
What’s the most embarrassing thing thats happened to you at a show?
When I was a resident at “Last Super Club” here in Seattle, we were trying to create something new in competition with the other promotion companies because there are some really great ideas coming out of them. We had this idea of throwing 1 dollar bills on the crowd to “make it rain” but none of us were rich enough to throw 20s and right before my set a bunch of people were leaving and I was getting pissed off and pretty discouraged because there was only a crowd of about 20 people left and I decided to just go with it and threw the money and only two people came up and very slowly picked the money up, it was so embarrassing.
What do you like to do when you’re not working on music/djing?
I work an 8-5 job during the week, spend time with friends, family and my girlfriend, while trying to progress forward in my musical career all at the same time. I also enjoy playing video games. My current game is Titanfall, It’s different at first from most games and its really fast paced. Most games last only 5 minutes but once you get into it, it’s like crack, you can’t stop.
What is your opinion on the current Dance Music scene?
I dont think it’s dead by any means but I also don’t feel like much change is happening at this point in time. There’s a commercial sound that a lot of people are comfortable with, and so lots of people out there are trying to make stuff that sounds relatively the same.
What do you think will be the next big thing for Dance Music?
There is a lot of new future sound that is really starting to make some pull, there is some weird new Trap Music by Snails. It’s a really new organic fresh sound and I think those kind of artists are really going to emerge and Barely Alive are doing really big things for Bass Music.
Is there any upcoming releases/shows we should keep an eye out for?
I’m opening for Them Lost Boys on April 19th at Volume Night Club which is where I have my once a month residency. I also just released an EP with 3 songs which has been featured on Dance Music North West, Only the Beat, and EDM tunes and has gotten a lot of great feedback so far.
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