Starting off our March 2010 interviews we have Dr Tre.
The name Dr Tre may not be as famous as Andy Farley or Paul Glazby, but that is not stopping him from making quite the mark on the hard house scene today! Already with tracks on labels such as Stereodays, Oktane, Fireball and Toolbox, its no wonder that alot of the top Djs are playing his tracks to packed venues with explosive reaction.
Now with out any further ado, Dr Tre
Welcome Tre, to The Beat Ranch. This is not the first time we have seen your name on our site as your tracks have been played by pretty much everyone on here. For those who do not know where are you from and what is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Its nice to be here! Born and Bred in Wellington New Zealand, now living in Auckland. Chocolate all the way.
The name Dr Tre...very similar to a famous rap artist...was that the intention?
Yeah me and Dre go way back, I was his dealer for a while – but then all that shit with East / West coast went down and I got out of the rap game, now im writing hard house in my bedroom
The NZ sound has really left its mark in today’s scene. Where do you think the inspiration came from for that style?
I think it comes from the harder edge stuff that a lot of the HH guys here are into. Anyone who has been to NZ and played or played up, will know that we kiwis are into hard, energy filled hard house. I think it comes across a lot in some of our music. Drum and bass is massive in NZ, and a lot of my influence comes from that hard dnb sound, also pretty heavily rock influenced as well. It’s a real interesting thing listening to the differences between the UK / Australian / NZ productions, but its pretty cool that we are all creating our own unique forms of the same genre, keeps things interesting!!
For production, what is your main weapon of choice (program) to work with?
Logic 9 at the moment. Ive always used Logic from the old PC version 5.5, up to this day. Love it.
Can you give the techy readers out there a rundown of your studio?
Yep – Running an Intel Mac G5 quad core machine with dual 17” widescreen LCD’s. Monitors are Tannoy reveal 8D’s which are the big 8” beasts. Awesome sound. With custom built stands. Ive got a pair of Sennheiser HD600 and HD800 headphones for secondary monitoring as well, along with my HD-25’s. My soundcard at the moment is a Lehmann Black Cube USB, which is a phenomenal bit of kit, so clean!! Keyboard is an M-Audio Axiom, and I’ve got a busted Nord Lead sitting on the desk! When I’m bored ive got a Yamaha DTX electronic drumkit to have a bash on. Software wise, I’m running Logic 9 rewired with Abelton 7, with a heap of third party VST’s. I’m currently in the process of fully soundproofing the room as well
You mainly work with Disturbed for your productions, is there anyone you would like to work with in the future?
I really enjoy working with anyone as long as they bring an open mind, good ideas and a crate of beer to the studio. Production and engineering-wise I would love to work alongside the likes of Owens, Maddox, Nardi, Dom etc. It would be awesome to work with the best and pick up on the little tricks, techniques and pure knowledge and experience they bring to creating music.
You have had releases on Stereodays, Oktane, Fireball and Toolbox to name a few, do you have any productions in the pipeline that people should be on the lookout for?
Yeah, hardhouse wise, a few more to come out on Stereodays that ive written with Future Resonance, one of which (walk on fire) I just finished up. Ive just finished a remix for Peroxide Records founder Daniel Ro for his new label ‘Ballistik’ which is due out in April. Ive also just finished a Scott fo Shaw remix for Tidy which is due out in March I think which will be under my name Ryan Tregurtha. Me and Disturbed have plans for a few more releases this year as well – got big things planned!! We would have had a few more out by now but with work commitments and a new addition to the family, things got put on hold! Other than that I’m working on an album of my own which goes into liquid breaks, house, liquid dnb, trip hop sorta stuff, will keep you all posted!
While you are mainly known to us as a producer, you are also a DJ. What came first for you DJing for production?
Always production. Ive DJ’d a few times, but never really got into it in a big way. In hindsight I wish I had of pushed it more. Although for the last 5 years my mate Terry Wizz and I wrote a tonne of tunes and played out semi - live as ‘High Dosage’ I just layed down samples and loops etc over our tunes which worked real well so didn’t need to DJ as such. From that we toured NZ and Austraila and headlined alongside some massive names – awesome times!!
Do you remember your first gig and if so, how did it go?
Yeah it was at the legendary ‘Cube’ nightclub in Auckland back in 2004 – Terry and I had just teamed up and written a whole heap of tunes and decided to play them all out. That was our first gig as High Dosage and from what I remember it went off!
If you could play anywhere in the world, where and why?
I would love to play a massive day / night beach party on an island in the middle of nowhere – anywhere in the world really, as long as its mint as weather, and an up for it crowd!! Better than being stuck in a club!!
When can people see you play out next?
Laying low at the moment – My partner and I have just had our first little girl, so focusing all my attention on her. Needless to say it will give me plenty of time to work on a whole heap of new material and continue on with my album.
When you are not DJing or producing what do you like to do for fun?
Anything with my mates (which usually includes a lot of drinking!)
You are stranded on a desert island and can only bring 1 album, 1 drink, and 1 food, what are they?
Album – NOFX (punk in drublic)
Drink – Corona
Food – Mince and Cheese Pie
Any last words or shout outs?
Be good to your mother.
Evo D & Maxwell
Scott Fo Shaw
JP & Jukesy