[FLEET FEATURE] DJ TRE D @DJTRED
SO: Can you tell us a little about yourself? What’s your name and where are you from?
TD: My name is DJ Tre D. I am from Montgomery, AL but reside in Huntsville. I am one of the managers for the Fleet DJs for the state of Alabama. I am also a member of The Coalition DJs based in Atlanta.
SO: Let us know your social media. How can we find you?
TD: My social media is @djtred on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
SO: How you first got involved with DJ’ing?
TD: I got involved with being a DJ when I was around nine or ten years old. I was in a group called Y.B.S. which stood for Young But Smooth. I didn’t want to rap so I asked my father to buy me a set of turntables and a mixer. After finally convincing him to purchase a set, we went to a pawn shop and purchase two Sony turntables and Radio Shack mixer for 80 dollars.
SO: Wow! That’s dope. I remember getting my ifrst pair of turntables. My mom went nuts about the price. So, what do you find most challenging about the music industry?
SO: That’s deep. I kinda have an idea about what you mean, but I’m going to leave that alone lol! Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while performing?
TD: I met many people in the industry because I managed two music stores back in Montgomery as well. I met Outkast, Pastor Troy, Lil Jon, Webbie, Whoopi Goldberg (years ago), DJ Jelly, Mr Collipark aka DJ Smurf, Dirty Boyz, Deuce Komradz, Small Tyme Ballaz among many others.
SO: Music store used to be everything. I hate that many of them are no longer around. That was the highlight of my Saturdays. What do you do when you aren’t DJ’ing?
TD: If I’m not spending time with my daughter I love to read and research.
SO: Your daughter is absolutely a cutie. What has been the most challenging moment in your career and why?
TD: My most challenging moment was moving away from vinyl to CDs. I started on vinyl that will always be my first love as a DJ.
SO: I have to pull out my 1200’s occassionally to make sure I don’t get rusty. Do you have anyone that has influenced you in your career? Who and Why? I have a few influences.
TD: DJ Premier because during the time he became popular it was unheard of being from the south and making it in New York. DJ Jelly he influenced me by the brand of mixtapes he put out. At the time, if I bought a mixtape it was only east coast music on it but Jelly did all South mixes and it was dope. DJ Screw because he brought a new sound to the south Rest in Paradise Screw. DJ Jazzy Jeff, he influenced me by being a great show DJ and having the skills on the tables. The last one is Kid Capri because he is one of the best party rockers of all time.
SO: What a list! I’m from H-Town so I have a special place in my heart fro DJ Screw. Where do you see yourself in the next couple of years?
TD: To have more growth in mixtapes and radio.
SO: Dope! Is there anyone you would like to give a shoutout to?
TD: Major shoutout to DJ Profluent for reaching out to me back in 2009 to become a member of the Fleet DJs. Also want to shoutout DJ Firestarta, DJ Adonnis Stone, Klassik and The Fleet DJs, Maximum and The Coalition DJs, DJ Twyst, Boy Wonda, P-Air, the state of Alabama, my brothers from another mother Marlon and Rico, my homie that always tell people he is from Ft. Lauderdale but really from Pensacola Steidmon Reed, DJ Immaculate, Hazel Bellamy, my brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity and last but not least my beautiful daughter Taylor and the Queen of my life Yuressa.
SO: Anything else you want to drop on us before we get out of here?
TD: Absolutely, make sure you go to Livemixtapes and download Boy Wonda “Hater Check Reloaded” mixtape and P-Air mixtape on Spinrilla titled “Diagnosed With Ambition” both hosted by me. If any artist need mixtape hosting, single placement, radio spins and promotion hit me up at email@example.com.
Make sure yall get at DJ Tre D! Thanks fro sitting down and getting Straight Official!