Trebles and Blues Release Interview - From My Father (by HeadNodsEargasm)
1.Master of Ceremonies
2.A King’s Entrance
3.The Stars Align
4.Clear the Fog
5.From My Father
6.An Unbreakable Promise
8.Until We Meet Again
9.Leave Everything Behind
10.Evening of Reflection
11.From Dusk to Dawn
12.The Time Has Passed
13.When We Met Again (Skit)
14.Reunited in the Fields
16.The Will to Overcome
17.An Uphill Trot
Album Description from Bandcamp:
From My Father is an 18-track instrumental LP that acts as a personal narrative of my father’s journey through life.
My father was a South Korean immigrant that came to the United States with my mother to realize the ever-so-elusive “American Dream”. Fifteen years after being in this country, he found himself in the middle of a crisis that resulted in him being deported back to Korea, with the strict order that he would never be able to step foot in the States again. He was abruptly separated from his wife and children, returning to his homeland with essentially nothing to his name. However, through patience and perseverance, he rebuilt himself while in Korea, and eight years later, my mother reunited with him and has lived with him ever since.
Although this tale may seem specific to him, I felt that the nature of struggles, reflection, rebounds, reunification, and eventual triumph can resonate within any human being. Since I wanted this story to embody my father’s personal life, I only sampled material that my father listened to when he was my age, which consisted primarily of Korean folk music from the 70s and 80s. Also, much of the music was given to me directly from my father himself, adding to the significance of the album’s title.
“This project is dedicated to my father, Seong Ho Yeo, and my mother, Hee Sook Moon. Your love for each other and for your children knows no bounds, and the story you share together is a testament to the power of patience, persistence, healing, and unconditional love. Thank you for the warmth and care you continue to bring to my heart. Even through the distance, I feel it every single day.”
released 23 April 2013
All tracks produced and mixed by Trebles and Blues.
Mastered by K-Murdock.
Artwork by Vi Pham: www.vipham.de.
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Download This Artist: Trebles and Blues Mixtape: Eighth Notes Mixed By: DJ Phatrick Hosted By: The Find Magazine (TheFindMag.com) + The Soul Dojo (TheSoulDojo.com) 1. Autumn’s Fall (0:00) 2. Lost in Certainty (1:37) 3. Off the Record (3:18) 4. A Difficult Love (4:24) 5. An Evening in Osaka (6:48) 6. A Blunted Dedication (8:49) 7. The Night I Left You (11:28) 8. The Other Night (14:15) 9. 131 West 3rd Street (16:23) 10. Midnight Zone Out (18:42) 11. One Jazzy Summer (19:59) 12. You Wonder, Wonder, Wonder (21:11) 13. Experiment A (22:54) 14. Experiment B (The 5 AM Journey) (25:57) 15. Experiment C (The Grand Finale) (27:11)
Artist: Trebles and Blues
Mixtape: Eighth Notes
Mixed By: DJ Phatrick
Hosted By: The Find Magazine (TheFindMag.com) + The Soul Dojo (TheSoulDojo.com)
1. Autumn’s Fall (0:00)
2. Lost in Certainty (1:37)
3. Off the Record (3:18)
4. A Difficult Love (4:24)
5. An Evening in Osaka (6:48)
6. A Blunted Dedication (8:49)
7. The Night I Left You (11:28)
8. The Other Night (14:15)
9. 131 West 3rd Street (16:23)
10. Midnight Zone Out (18:42)
11. One Jazzy Summer (19:59)
12. You Wonder, Wonder, Wonder (21:11)
13. Experiment A (22:54)
14. Experiment B (The 5 AM Journey) (25:57)
15. Experiment C (The Grand Finale) (27:11)
We have the honor of having Producer Trebles and Blues along with a little patience that paid off so here it is.
I first heard of him through the Hope in a Cold World track #17 in the http://wordisbond.bandcamp.com/album/hope-for-tomorrow Hope for Tomorrow Album by Word is Bond (free download by the way).
After that.. well, I did a little research and here we are now.
Trebles and Blues, how did you come up with this name?
In early 2009, I was taking production classes at this spot called Rehab / Scratch Academy over here in Los Angeles, which is run by a prominent local DJ named DJ Hapa. It was very basic, just teaching me the fundamentals of production and how Propellerhead Reason worked and so forth. At the end of the course, the students got to go up on stage and press play on some beats that they’ve made, and I started playing a few beats that I created while I was there. I looked up after a bit, and saw that the reception towards the beats was actually pretty cool! I saw people nodding their heads, giving that “woooOOOooo” noise, and the funny thing is, the beats weren’t very advanced or anything hahaha. Actually, you know what, I’m gonna send over one of the beats to you that I created while I was taking production courses there to prove to you that it really wasn’t that dope haha (some exclusive pre-pubescent shit!!). All the samples I used are from the Reason stock library, so if you use Reason, you’ll be able to find them. I named this one “Chillin’ After the Storm”, and I remember hearing this beat being played through the speakers while thinking to myself that this whole feeling I got when playing these things out the loudspeakers was pretty damn amazing.
Anyway, back to my name. While I was playing the beats, DJ Hapa came up to me and asked me what my name was. I didn’t have anything set in stone, and two words just emerged into my mind: “trebles” and “blues”. I just put them together and blurted out, “Trebles and Blues!” Haha, I think the name describes me both musically and personally. Musically, I like to incorporate very melodic sounds, and that could be represented by the treble clef. The “blues” portion could more so relate to the color of my aura. A good friend and I had a discussion a while back about people having specific auras and how they could also be determined by color as well. I like to think of myself as a pretty chill, laid-back dude that enjoys mellowing out, and I think the color blue would represent my aura pretty well. There you go!
How did you start making beats?
Although I took those production courses in early 2009 and I made a few beats before then, I really started taking the craft a bit more seriously in 2010. I wasn’t even aware that I had the ability to make beats; I just kinda tinkered around with it a bit here and there with loops and such, but it was only when I started delving more into Reason that the whole tradition really intrigued me. Originally I used it as an escape from work because I wasn’t a huge fan of the workplace and what I was doing there. Afterwards
I began making some beats with a good friend of mine and we would collaborate on stuff, but once again, wasn’t too serious about pushing the whole thing. It was only around 2010 when I linked up with Nefarious! and the members of The Soul Dojo that I started making beats with a bit more intent on releasing work out to the general public, and once I started chillin’ more with my creative director (Nam Bui) later on in 2010, that’s when making beats became more of a lifestyle for me.
What sort of equipment do you use?
My set-up is pretty minimal. I have a MacBook Pro with Propellerhead Reason/Record and Ableton Live installed (which are my two primary beat-making software programs). I use the MPD32 and M-Audio Axiom 49 as my MIDI controllers, and I have a pair of KRK Rokit 5 monitors. I also have a Maschine, but I haven’t messed around with it too much yet. That’s the next step in the whole process!
Who inspires you?
My family, friends, and overall community inspires me. Despite being Korean, my parents are fully supportive of what I do and they are genuinely happy that I have found something that I am passionate about. When you have the go-ahead from your parents to do what you love, there is nothing more that you can ask for. My younger brother is also very supportive of my craft, and all my friends serve as a great support network for me as well. A lot of my good friends are entrepreneurs and they know what it’s like to break out from the norm and do what you feel is right for yourself, so we share a lot of stories and continue to inspire each other in our respective realms of operation.
There are also many artists that inspire me, but one individual that inspires me greatly is 9th Wonder. I love what he has done for the beatmaking tradition and how he has helped open up this new generation of beatmakers that don’t require ridiculous set-ups to achieve a sound that listeners long for. To top it off, he is also a phenomenal educator and is always focused on leaving behind a legacy that is greater than himself.
What do you hope to deliver in your music?
I hope to deliver a thread of messages to all of my listeners with what I create. As cliche as it sounds, my music really is an embodiment of my mind, heart, and soul. I have been fortunate enough to discover music as a canvas to paint all my emotions onto, and I’m just glad that music is something that transcends distances and boundaries between cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and also has the ability nowadays to traverse distant lands in mere seconds/minutes. When I sit down to create, whatever emotions may be brewing inside of me come out, but the listener may receive a completely different emotion once they hear it. That’s the beauty of music. The product is there for everyone to hear, but it will always be interpreted differently depending on whose ears it reaches; this is especially the case with instrumental music. Regardless of its interpretation, I just want to provide music that sends messages of hope, love, and unity among all of us, because that’s what being blessed with life is all about.
What has been the most challenging thing about what you do?
Working on music full-time can be mentally and emotionally draining because you’re always creating, thinking of what the next idea should be, and trying to embody all your thoughts into concrete pieces that you hope a listener will be able to appreciate. I think the most challenging part about doing this is to constantly discipline yourself and realize that when there is nobody there telling you what to do, you have to be driven that much more to get shit done. Having worked in the financial services industry where everything is structured and there is a standardized way of doing everything, it was a pretty big adjustment I needed to make and am still getting used to now. However, once you are certain that this is the path you are here to take, then you end up just getting into the zone and doing what you need to do. It’s a hustle, but a beautiful one at that!
What has been the most rewarding?
The people, the people, the PEOPLE! I’ve met so many phenomenal people while working in this space, whether they are musicians or not. I’ve learned so much from being involved in the scene and also meeting the people that have influenced my work to this day. I also recently joined as an instructor for a local youth center here in Los Angeles called SIPA Sessions, which is led by the homie DJ Phatrick and his musical cohort, Bambu. If it weren’t for music, I wouldn’t be teaching production courses to the wonderful and hilarious students that attend this place twice a week, and this would be an experience that would have been lost in the crevasses of the “what if’s” if I didn’t choose to pursue this artform. It really is a trip, when you choose to pursue something you love, there are many risks that may come with it, but those tend to be calculated. The rewards, however, really are bountiful and unexpected treasures that you find along the way.
What do you like to do on your free time?
I like to play a lot of basketball (which I actually haven’t done in a while though…) and just chill and have a good time with my homies. Most of the friends I see when I hang out aren’t musicians, so we just talk about all kinds of random shit while having fun and coolin’ out. I also enjoy reading, and right now I’m reading Amir Said’s The BeatTips Manual and Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. By the way, if you’re interested in beatmaking, The BeatTips Manual is REQUIRED reading. If you’re interested in what goes on in the subconscious mind within the first 2 seconds of meeting someone, pick up Blink. It’s a great read.
Are you currently working on something?
I’m working on quite a few things right now. I’m working on a full-length project with an emcee named P.H.I.L.T.H.Y. out of Michigan, which is set to drop some time early 2012. I’m also about to embark on a collaborative instrumental project with the homie Sinitus Tempo; more details on that later to come. I’m also working on my next full-length instrumental project, which I gave a little teaser to a few months ago when I released the track “Summer Love” on my Soundcloud page. There is also something else that has been discussed, but I’m gonna keep details on that wrapped up. However, if this project in question does indeed pan out, I’ll be absolutely THRILLED. Let’s just leave it at that!
Big shout out to Jessica for the thought-provoking questions, I had a lot of fun answering them. I still have a lot of work to do as a musician, but I hope that you all will continue to follow me throughout this journey! Thank you!
Thanks for the shout out