INTERVIEW WITH TREY ROSE AS WE GET TO KNOW HIM, AND TALK ABOUT HIS LATEST SINGLE, DAMN
Afternoon, Trey. Thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview with me.
How are you today?
It's my pleasure.
Hey everybody, my name is Trey Rose - I’m a singer/songwriter from Hugo, Oklahoma. I grew up listening to music riding in the car with my mom who drove me to and from school, it was like a small concert in the back seat. I was just 10 and I remember wanting to be just like the guys that she and I would always sang along to. I began to learn to play guitar in high school and at 17 “cut my teeth” to play in small Texas nightclubs and bars. Performing quickly transformed from something that I wanted to “try out” to becoming something I HAD TO DO. I left school as college freshman to pursue my music full time, I’ve been fortunate to play music ever since.
I actually didn’t get into the songwriting arena until much later in my career. I didn’t really understand just how good it would feel to create my own art; and it’s quite a therapeutic outlet. I think I was too caught up in just performing and being on stage rather than concentrating on writing and recording my own music. In my early 20’s I changed my direction. I began to “digest” what I thought were “real problems” and I sat down and wrote a song called People Like You and Me. Of course, it was about an ex girlfriend. The song wasn’t very good, but it was “good enough” for me to start playing at live shows, and it gave me a cute little story to tell the audience which they actually seemed to enjoy. That’s what motivated me to explore my own stories, and what, if anything, I might have to say. Now, it seems, I’m writing all of the time and I truly enjoy the process.
The first place I can really remember ever playing my own music was at a bar in Houston, TX called Skeet’s. I was in my mid-twenties, I wrote a song about the girl I was dating and I’d met her at Skeet’s. I thought what better place to unveil my first ever music-of-art at the location where it was born.
That’s such a hard question to answer! I think my favorite country song of all time is I See The Want To In Your Eyes by Conway Twitty. Conway also happens to be my favorite country artist of all time. As for “newer” acts, I really like Old Dominion, Midland, and Dan & Shay (just to name a few). I admire how they are making their own brand of music a unique brand for the country music format.
This is such a heavy question. I feel like I’m supposed to be super deep here, and come up with some big song. I think there have been a lot of songs throughout my life that have inspired me. I think the last time I really felt moved to the point of “inspiration” was by a song was the first time I heard Lady May by Tyler Childers.
Quarantine has been for me, what it’s been for most people, I am sure. Boring and stressful. It has pushed the entire music industry to its breaking point in one way or the other, and it has been really, really hard to see so many of the people that I care about struggle through it. It’s also been a time of “creativity.” Some really cool, and beautiful music product has come from it. I tried to take this time and just create. I’m really excited to start letting people hear what I’ve been working on during this quarantine!
Definitely agree, but it's definitely given us all a lot of time to be creative.
Last week saw you release your latest single, Damn how was this for you?
This single release was SO STRESSFUL! Getting all of your "ducks in a row" leading up to a single release can be one of the most taxing experiences. I am so happy with the way the song has been received and am really looking forward to seeing where it goes from here. I’m truly grateful to have such an amazing team and support system behind me to help me keep everything in order.
A great support network is always fantastic when it comes to releasing new music.
I feel like I really came into my own with Damn. I’d been wanting to change up the way I made music for a while, and wanted a different sound all together. I’m at a point in my life where I’m having so much fun, and I’m really happy. I just wanted a fun, “vibe” song. I went into a writing session with nothing more than that guitar riff and that idea in mind, and a couple of hours later, Damn was finished. I wrote the song with my friend, Rizzi Myers whom I’d met on The Voice along with DJ KO. We wrote at his house in Nashville, TN. I was really blown away at how quickly we were able to make the song feel bigger than anything I’d ever done before.
Did you always know you wanted to release Damn?
I think I knew I wanted to release the song Damn before we even finished it. I had come up with the guitar riff and it was so catchy, and hooky that I knew I had to record it. The first time I got the rough cuts back from the studio - that sealed it. I just knew this a song I wanted to record and release.
I have to admit, I love Damn especially the catchy lyrics.
I’m just me.
These words, I like a lot.
Then, I have to ask you to describe your music in just 3 words?
Pretty Damn Good.
Honestly, I just hope 2020 keeps bringing more creativity and music — and allows me to share my creativity and music with folks like you!