It wasn’t always that music producer Treytice wanted to pursue a career in creating sounds. From his early high school days playing b-ball to now making versatile beats – Treytice has found himself adding his own personal spin to creating music, always keeping things spontaneous and creating from instinct.
The hip-hop and R&B producer allows anything to inspire him, but was originally drawn to making music thanks to the 90’s-2000’s wave of classic hip-hop. Treytice has worked with music artists such as Marquel Deljuan, Turo Siviran, QU3 and more – elevating their tracks through his innovative production methods.
Listen To ‘Now You Know’ by Marquel Deljuan – Produced by: Treytice Lee and Eli Brown
XMPL got the chance to interview Treytice on music production, his inspirations, creating a beat and much more. Read the full exclusive interview with Treytice below – which has been featured in the second issue of XMPL.
XMPL: Can you walk us through what made you decide to pursue music as a career and why did you choose the production route?
Treytice: I grew up pursuing basketball but always had a thing for pianos. Once ball didn’t work out, two years after high school, I figured I could build some type of brand or business through my beats. I chose the production route because I like the creative process of making a beat from scratch. I enjoy hearing other artists.
You are very versatile with your beats, clearly you have an ear for Hip-Hop. Who were some of the producers you drew inspiration from?
Thank you, appreciate that. I grew up in the late 90’s-early two thousands, so definitely Timbo, Dilla, Swizz, Lil Jon, Scott Storch, Just Blaze, Kanye, 9th Wonder. From around 2007 and on, I was getting inspired by Hit Boy, Johnny Juliano, Superstar O, Vybe, Epik The Dawn, T-Minus, Foreign Teck, OZ, Prodbyvsn, Avxp, NastyNellz, Tmhwks – bro I can list hella producers. I get inspired by every dope beat I hear.
What genres do you feel like you excel at and are there any genres you want to try producing?
Most of my beats are Hip-Hop and R&B driven but I was born and raised by the southern border so eventually I want to make some Spanish pop records.
You have a variety of beats with no samples, can you walk us through your process of creating a beat from scratch?
I just open up different Vst’s and play around on the midi piano until I find that right instrument, lay down some chords or a melody then I build off of that with other instruments. I keep it to about 3-5 tracks of instruments then I eq out the low end of each track so when I eventually lay down the drums I’ll get a clear mix.
You’ve also worked with many artists like Marquel Deljuan, Turo Siviran and QU3. What are some of the things you learn working with other artists?
I’ve dealt with some real cool artists whether they from my state or not but when you actually link, as a producer you can literally open up a beat and change it for the better whether it’s taking instruments out at certain points or adding a bridge that they envision.
Can you tell us about the production process of the song ‘Package’ and did it turn out like you expected?
I actually made the Package beat from scratch with Turo back in Jan 2018. He helped with the melody and the percussion structure. The lead of the melody is a little weird and video game-ish but I’m always trying something new, all in all the song came out how we wanted it too.
Are there any artists you would like to work with? What do you think you could offer to elevate their sound?
Of course it would be dope to create records with the heavy hitters in the game like Kendrick or Cole, but at this point I’m just ready to work with anyone who has the talent and drive to make good music. I feel like I can help elevate an artist from my sound because I don’t make beats based off of what I hear or what’s popular. I make beats off of instinct.
Do you feel like producers are credited enough? Why or why not?
I would say they don’t. When bigger artists post or drop a new song you hardly ever know who made the beat haha. But for me personally I do get credited because of the relationships I built even if they bought the exclusive, it’s just up to the producer to have his business right.
With access to programs like FL, Abelton etc. Many people catch themselves copying styles of established producers. What advice would you have to staying original and why is it important?
Good question, for me I stay original by not thinking about other producers or songs. You cannot confuse being inspired and copying another beat. Try new drum patterns, buy different style drumkits, record sounds from your phone and sample one shots into a beat, try new hihat patterns, and add effects. YouTube tutorials can be good for some things but its important to learn as you create because artists gravitate towards innovation.