In an interview with Vents Magazine, Trey Libra opens up about his creative process and unpacks how indie artists can thrive with strong brand perception
Trey, very nice of you to join us. What have you been working on lately?
As you may know I am a videographer and hip hop recording artist. They both help pay the bills. I’ve been trying to finish up my client’s video edits so that I can get back to writing my own records and recording. I’m currently working on the re-release of my project “Black Recluse” which is a 2019 release. I’m looking to add a few songs and tighten up old mixes.
What does your creative process look like?
I’m a go with the flow type of guy. I used to have to have my rhymes written before I load up ProTools/Studio One. Now, I’ll go on YouTube and look for beats in YouTube’s Studio library. I’ll play a few beats that may catch my attention and get to developing melodies and lyrics. I’ll then load up my D.A.W. and get to printing vocals.
Does the reality of being an indie artist/entrepreneur line up with your expectations of being one?
Yeah and No, I’m told that people look up to me for some of the things I’ve achieved in life, but I don’t see it, I’m greedy, I want more. I’m not some rich guy, but I’m told that I’m a big brother to a lot of artists in my area. I feel like my run isn’t over yet, I expect to achieve a lot more.
When it comes to your brand, what’s the biggest takeaway you want fans to have?
I want listeners and watchers to know that you can make it in this hip hop industry by being yourself and doing your own thing. You don’t have to put on or follow other people to become successful. What that means is, you can praise GOD, be that light and still make good money and a living. You don’t have to be this super hard dude or follow all the trends to make it.
Do you have a favorite quote or scripture verse, or motto that you live by?
I have a few of them. Galatians 6:9, Proverbs 18:21 and James 2:17
Thank you so much for your time! Look forward to hearing more music and content from you.
Yes sir, stay blessed
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