Trev - Interview 22
1. Tell us your name and a bit about yourself!
My name is Trev and I'm a Rapper/Songwriter from Wayne, NJ. I just released my first EP called “THEYELLOWTAPES”.
2. What made you start making music?
It started off by looking through these vinyl records that my parents had in the basement. That was what first introduced me to so many different styles of music. From Funk, Soul, Jazz to Rock all of that played a part in shaping what I listen to today, hip-hop came later on to me around 2007-2008 when I was 10. I first started rapping out of boredom, some of the records my parents used to play growing up had these intro's that were long enough to freestyle maybe 8 or so bars over, that was my first taste of rapping.
3. Who are your influences?
I have so many but Jay-Z, Drake, Wayne, Curren$y, Earl, Tyler, The Creator, A$AP Rocky, Kendrick, Cole, Pharrell, Joey Bada$$, Kanye, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, J. Dilla, Madlib, Tribe Called Quest are definitely the main ones.
4. What is your take on the underground rap scene right now?
The underground scene to me is good right now, there's a lot of great music that should be out on the mainstream. I like what came from Griselda records last year Westside Gunn, Benny & Conway had an extremely underrated 2018 and I can't wait to see what they have coming this year. Bas' last album went crazy too, and I have NoName and Earls albums on repeat. Hopefully, the underground can be apart of the mainstream really soon!
5. What are your goals for 2019 regarding music?
To keep giving quality music, and improving every time I step in front of a microphone. I definitely am going to perform more, and be more active in the music scene. Since putting out my first project “THEYELLOWTAPES” it’s been a lot easier to network and collaborate with different people and artists since they can match a voice to me now. I want to keep that momentum going and start to become one of the more well known up and coming artists by the end of the year.
6. You have 1 person to thank who would it be?
As far as music my friend Isaiah (@trillionaremtg). Where I come from if you tell someone you rap they’ll probably laugh at you and won’t take you seriously. But since the day I met him, he took me under his wing and taught me how to make songs. He’s the one that made me see the difference between being a good rapper and a good musician. He took the time to teach me how to put my bars together, when I’m rehearsing a verse for him sometimes he'll stop me mid-rap and be like “yo, that’s good but try it like this and see how that sounds”, one thing that's underrated about him is he taught me how to care about my craft, the art of music and the culture of hip-hop, he's one of the few people that could go song for song with me on classic West Coast Hip-Hop. He believes in me, he’s the true meaning of a producer. When I make it one day, he’ll be one of the first people I thank.
7. What is your process for recording music?
It varies, most of the time I write first and practice my verses countless times to get a feel for the song so I don't have to look at the lyrics when I'm recording. Then after I get comfortable with that I'll start the recording process. I'm very particular with how I rap so my cadence & flow has to sound almost exactly as it does in my head, because of that it might take a little bit longer to finish a song but the end product is as close to or exactly how I imagined it.
8. Any upcoming projects or singles fans should be getting ready for?
I have one more surprise with my most recent EP "THEYELLOWTAPES". Then after that, I plan on putting out a single or two, while working on my next project called "PAYNE".
9. What is your favorite part about being an artist/musician/rapper?
It's therapy, in social life, I'd like to think I'm a pretty quiet person. Music helps me clear my mind and relieve a lot of stress that I go through daily. On top of that, it's something I have fun with and enjoy doing. Even when I'm not in front of the microphone rapping, some of the best times I've had in the past couple of years have been in a studio setting, it's like the barbershop sometimes there will be great conversations that make you see things in a whole new light, or you might get roasted. You never really know what to expect, and that's something I enjoy.
10. What impact do you want to have on the world?
I want to bring back that feel good energy, positive and happy vibes. I want my music to be a haven of sorts, whenever I drop something I want people to put their headphones on and use that to get away, take a break and chill for a second. Its okay to slow down every once in a while, you know?
11. What are your ambitions with music is this just a hobby or is this a full-blown 24/7 lifestyle your embodying?
I want to be one of the top artists in the game, have a fan base that craves new music from me and is super supportive, and positive. I want this to be a 24/7, 365 day a year lifestyle of mine. I'm so determined to make this happen. Even when I was younger, to fall asleep I used to think about being on the radio and what type of questions they would ask me and I would try to figure out how I would answer those questions. I normally fell asleep before I could get those answers off though lol
12. Who is your favorite artist in the rap game right now and why?
Curren$y without a doubt. His hustle, demeanor, the way he can be in the spotlight one second but stay away from it at the same time is something I look at, his ability to interact with his fans, and even with the fame, he stays humble. He's been killing the game consistently since I was in the 7th grade.
13. Anything else you have to say?
First, thank you to RoyalRap for giving me this platform!!! Stay tuned in for more new music coming soon!!! If you haven't heard it already please take a listen to my new EP "THEYELLOWTAPES" on SoundCloud, Youtube & Bandcamp. You can follow me on IG: trev.___ and on twitter @trev850i