Introducing Hip Hop/R&B artist, producer and songwriter, Tre Duce who hails from Grand Turk, Turks And Caicos Islands. Tre now lives in Marietta, Georgia.
Tre thanks for taking the time for being with us today.
Would you mind answering some questions for our readers
What is your professional name?
L-32 aka Tre deuce
Where did you grow up?
The Turks `and Caicos Islands
What is your musical background?
I am a producer/artist/writer/engineer
What is the first album you ever owned? How did you acquire it?
The life and times of Sean Carter Vol 3 I got this album by saving in high school. I knew the album was about to drop and i made up my mind that i wanted it so i put a plan in play to save and get it when it dropped.
When and why did you start rapping/singing?
I started at the age 0f 14 when my mom took the tv away from me. So i needed something to do else i would be bored all the time so i turned to music and fell in love with the production and that created the question of “how did they do that?”
Musically, what are your biggest influences and who are your favorite artists?
I’m a person that loves diversity and change but not at the price of quality and substance so with that being said my biggest influences would be the love for the art of music itself and artist as well as producers that i respect that have shown these qualities would be Jay – Z, Andre 3000, Eminem, Timbaland, Pharell, Scot Storch just to name a few.
If you could compare yourself to an already established artist, who would that be and why?
Well I wouldn’t call it a comparison but more of certain similarities because i really don’t compare myself to any other artist due to the fact that even though we are creators. We all have a different way of expressing that, but artist such as Jadakiss with word play, Jay – Z with delivery would be a couple names that similarities will show.
How would you describe your musical style?
It’s a unique style that i believe requires its own lane because of the fact that it has many different elements in it that are pulled from a lot of different genres such as reggae, hip – hop, soca, afro beat, R&B, etc.
What do you think your listeners will get out of your music?
The substance that is missing in a lot of today’s stuff that is marketed because my music is not all club not all chill, but it’s a mixture of both I have music that caters to every human emotion
What do you think of the music scene in your area?
There’s a lot of great talent here. But what I’ve noticed is that a lot of them are doing the same thing so it’s hard to find the originality that stands out.
Have you performed in your area?
Yes I have performed here about 3 weeks ago actually.
How would you describe your own style?
Unique but relatable
Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
Well that comes from the music. The beats tell me which direction to go in and life’s lessons tell me how to talk about it
Who do you collaborate with?
I collabed with producers such as Swigga Rebel, R.I.G.., Kilo’s Working, Quinton Dean (former lead guitarist for Prince) and as far as artist goes, Red Lyte, Artikal Sound System, soca icon Carl Jacobs, Trini Jacobs, Jah Bami, etc.
In what ways has your newest music changed from when you first started?
It matured greatly it’s just like any other thing that you do once you keep at it it gets better each time.
What in your opinion is the biggest barrier an artist like yourself, has to face and overcome, to gain any commercial success?
Finances are always the biggest barrier…and I’m one of the ones that does 80% of my productions from start to finish but there are those that don’t really have that because of finances.
What are the main inspirations for the lyrics you write?
Life’s lessons….daily situations whether directly from my experiences or experiences of someone i know.
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
I perform wherever I’m booked at lol… that includes all the above.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
That depends of the type of mistake…if its lyrics that’s not a problem I can freestyle my way out of that.
Do you get nervous before a performance?
Hell yes I do, but it eventually goes away when I get on the stage.
How do you rate your live performance ability? (be very critical. No cliches)
I’m very hard on myself when it comes to that so i would have to say it’s a 7/10 but getting better each time.
How often and for how long do you practice?
Everyday….I would put a 10 – 15 minute performance together and run over it daily.
What are three things you look for when you see other artists play live?
Their stage presence, their crowd interaction…I look to see what they are doing and I learn from that.
What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
A nervous feeling is just an indication that you’re closer to success.
What would be your dream venue in which to perform?
Being an independent artist, which is the one factor, above all else, that you currently desire most (increased music distribution, better quality production, more media exposure, more club and live performances etc.…)? Definitely more media exposure and more club and live performances.
In your experience thus far, what is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed? And one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?
The best piece of advice that i followed was “develop a plan and stick to it”, and the piece of advice that I wished i had followed back then that I’m doing now was “release the music as singles first”
What aspect of the music making process excites you most, and what aspect discourages you the most?
I love the full process of creating but the part that i would say i love the most it’s a tie with the beat production and the mix the least favorite would be recording other artist
What is the most difficult thing you had to endure in the music industry?
Building a team…it’s hard to find people that are willing to work together.
Do you think the advent of internet and all the new technology has helped your music and independent musicians in general, or do you think it just creates a mass of mediocre “copycats” who flood the web, making it difficult to distinguish yourself?
I think it does both… where it creates the tools for great artist and musicians to get their work out to the masses but it also created the negative where you have folks that do it just for the love of a quick come up hopefully and that hurts the art of it more than anything else in my opinion.
Have you created a career, marketing, or business plan? (Is it in writing?)
Yes I have a business plan and it’s in writing took some time to do it but I got it done and putting it to use.
How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, and job?
It’s not easy because when you’re a creative it’s like a calling no matter what time of day or night…it just calls and you have to answer. The balance i achieved with that was finding a spouse that knows that this is how it works for me. Everything else i’m able to set disciplines and follow a schedule.
What are your immediate music career goals?
(next 1 to 3 years.) To build a stronger fan base and get a lot more bookings.
What are your long-term career goals?
To not have to work for anyone else but just do my music all day and night and work with great creators such as myself.
How would you define the word “success”?
To me success is not completion of steps leading to a goal but more of completed goals leading to peace… a lot of people rejoice after they have been successful at completing a single task that leads to a goal. And often times forget that they haven’t gotten to the goal yet.
Who’s your fashion icon and why?
I don’t have a fashion icon to be honest i just rock what feel good.
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