We had the good fortune of connecting with Tremaine “Tre” Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tremaine “Tre”, why did you pursue a creative career?
My career path as a musician kinda chose me. I had plans of being a math teacher since middle school, but I fell out of love with that. Music has saved my life in so many different ways, from being the source of income to help me get in and finish college, to being the thing that I turned to when I’m down and depressed and had no one to talk to, it was there and got me thru. Opportunities presented themselves and I’ve been fortunate to earn a living from doing something I’m absolutely in love with.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a musician and my instrument is the lead & rhythm guitar. I feel what sets me apart is my approach to my instrument. I’ve never been formally trained, not 1 lesson, and I can’t read music. What I play comes from what I feel, and in my opinion my better playing happens when I’m not feeling my best emotionally. I have to play a little harder in effort to leave my issues on the stage. I’m always excited when I get a chance to share my gift with the world and play along side my band mates. After college I was invited to play with a local band in South Florida called “Open Casket Sharp”. This was my first real gig outside of church and the learning curve was serious. It wasn’t easy learning and having to perform years and years of classic hits in the time frame. I was horrible now that I look back, but the guys stuck with me and never kicked me to the curb and I’m grateful for that. After some time I joined up with Jon Saxx and Endless Possibilities. They were already established so I had to catch up quickly, and it wasn’t easy but they helped me to get where I needed to be. My brothers from both groups had no problem getting on me about playing it right. I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned in life is that relationship and attitude outweigh talent. No matter how great you may play or do what ever it is you do, if you’re hard to be around as a person, no one is ever going to really want to genuinely want to work with you or have you around. I want the world to know that my music comes directly from a genuine place and my prayer is that it puts you in a happy feel good space.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh that’s easy, my best friend is one of the most talented drummers to come out of Miami, Johnnie Hicks. Being that I live in Atlanta, we have way too many spots to choose from because there’s live music somewhere in the city literally every single night. The city is also full of culture, history, and great food, so daily we have places like the Martin Luther King memorial and historical sites we could visit, or visit with some of the local musicians at the studio. The possibilities are endless.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this to my mother Valarie Young. She has always been my biggest supporter and cheerleader. Thank you for everything and always having my best interests at the top of your priority list. I love you
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