Today we’d like to introduce you to Trey Woods.
Hi Trey, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I started making music in high school around 2012. I originally started making beats on this website called beatlab. Unfortunately, that website ended up going out. After that small music interaction, I started to write to YouTube beats and record on garage band off a headset microphone. My mom bought me my first mic I still have till this day. It was a (USB Blue microphone digital spark) she was definitely my biggest supporter and one of the main reasons why I never stopped making music. Unfortunately on October 16th, 2016, she passed away from cancer. I was 20 at the time so I had to drop outta college and get a full-time job to pay for the bills and provide for my little brother who was a Junior in high school at the time. I had to man up and take some time to develop myself to adjust on being the man of the house. Months later, the apartment landlords tried kicking me and my brother out of our section 8 apartment for apparently not paying rent from two years back which was (illegal) but they sent dates of months that “were not paid” luckily, my mom kept Receipts from the money orders that were stamped by the staff at the time. More happened that I’m not gonna get into but I ended up beating that case and that staff got fired but within those ten days, I made an EP called “10 day notice” one of my personal favs cause I made it at a time when I was under a very stressful situation in my life. I got to understand every problem that I face was an opportunity for me to grow.
Now I got three projects out on Apple Music and Spotify that I mixed and mastered myself. First one is called “WOODSIDEBENN” that was produced by the two members of the 4est production team. I met up with a tight duo Brookside & Bigg Benn 2 artist that lived a couple of blocks away from me. We became the deadly trio and we worked on that album for one full year in 2019 then released in 2020. Then I dropped “Welcome to the 8” where I talked about me living in hood and everything that comes with it. And now my most recent project called “Love Drugs & 808s” is me showing off the different pens I got that show the versatility in me as an artist. I got way more things planned going into 2021 and I’m very excited. Like what Benny the butcher said “last year was about branding this year is bout expanding“ so definitely be on the lookout for my name. Just wanna give a quick shout-out to all the single moms that are being mothers and fathers because my mom managed raising me and my brother by herself in these section 8 apartments and always kept a smile on her face.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Definitely had struggles growing up one of them being my step pops being an alcoholic. Living in the hood seeing drive bys and people get killed in front of me. Losing friends to gangs. Being pressed for the colors I had on and Losing my mom to cancer. Me having to face these obstacles made me tho. I appreciate the problems god putting me through cause a lot of people woulda folded being in the same situation.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Used to classify myself as a “rapper” but at this point, I’m an artist. I produce my own beats now. I also rap on them not to mention the mix and master. I’m most proud of my last three projects which were called “WOODSIDEBENN” “WELCOME TO THE 8” & “Love Drugs & 808s” because of the time me and my friends put in and the timeline of struggles we were all facing at that specific time What sets me apart is my worth ethic and my versatility. not a lot of artist can say they made the beat, spit a hard 16, sang the hook, and mixed it.
What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love the art that Los Angeles carries and the pride the city got. From the graffiti to the music to the movies. I wouldn’t wanna be anywhere else. What I like least is all the gentrification that’s going on in our neighborhoods.
- Features $1000
- Hook $800
- Studio time $60 per hour
- Mix / master $40 per song
- Email: Treywoodstv@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/treywxxds?igshid=1ge2113v2jwrw
- Youtube: https://youtu.be/kYwEgcUMn1U
- Other: https://music.apple.com/us/album/night-crawler/1544610492?i=1544610495
Photography credits to Blaire @bes.mp4 And my dawg Ivan @ivangssj