We met up with DJ Trevi, ex reality star, actor, DJ, producer, and business man. We wanted to go in depth with the DJ. Here is our in house interview.
How did you start your career?
I wouldn't know where to start. I was always obsessed with music and entertainment. When I was 7 years old, I knew I wanted to be a DJ. Our house was always surrounded by music. You name it we had it; Freestyle, Country, Pop, and Latin. I was big on dance music growing up. I would say, it was the moment when I pretended to be a DJ. Every weekend I would make up my top 20 songs of the week. I would sit there and play them. Each week was different set of songs, I was 7 years old.
What was the first record you ever bought?
We always had music so it hard to pint point which one was the first song I bought. I do remember asking my mom for a Madonna record. She came home with a Donna Summer record. I had no clue who was Donna Summer. I was upset. Growing up our house was a Madonna house. My mom said, you will love it. Slowly it grew on me. I can tell you my first underground CD. It was, Techno Club: Talla Vs. Taucher. That's when I started to get into Trance. I would also buy the Tunnel Trance series and the Dream Dance series.
What has been most memorable DJ gig?
I would have to say San Diego Pride Festival. There is nothing like playing for a massive audience. When you see a sea of dancing and cheering people it really just elevates your energy. You do thing that you normally wouldn't do, like jump around, and scream on the mic. Every time I talked to the audience I would get a huge reaction of cheer. It was amazing, plus it's a great feeling when you drop a new single to a big crowd and the reaction is a good one. I dropped, Shallow, a song I did with Mike Avery. The crowed went crazy and that validates you in a weird way. I did a gig in Kanas City. I was just starting out as a DJ, and I had never played in a different State. Little did I know it rained in the summer. I was on the main-stage, right before my set it started to rain. I though the people were going to go into the close stages. To my surprise everyone stayed, even people from the inside stages came out to hear me. The rain was so bad, the lighting people had to bring down the lights. I was tired during those early years. I was doing double booking in one night. We would go from city to city playing gigs. We go from one party straight to the next party. The love from the fans is what makes it amazing, it makes it memorable.
What has been your worst gig?
There no such thing as a bad gig. I call them learning experiences. I was asked to play at Insomniac Presents Inception at Exchange LA I was super scared. If you're going to do awesome, it's going to be at an Insomniac party. I was playing in the Gallery Room, and every thing that could go wrong went wrong. One of my CDJ wasn't working and the DJ booth is pretty big, I'm a small guy and I couldn't reach behind the decks to see what was wrong. I also couldn't hear out of one of my headsets. I was a mess. I must had a look of panic because someone came over and asked me if there was something wrong. The problem was fix, and I was embarrassed for weeks. I couldn't get over the fact that I had a huge group of people including DJ's watching me play and I didn't perform to the level I wanted. Eventually you recover and move on. The second time I was invited back was for a John O'Callaghan night. I knew I had to redeem myself. OTC did a Gallery take over, the headliner was Jon Bishop. I was supper nervous going right before Jon Bishop, and playing at the same time as John O' Callaghan. Jon Bishop was in the conner and heard my whole set. When you have a legend behind you, it can be a little intimidating. I came out feeling like a champ. The room was packed and people were dancing. I'm grateful for the opportunity Exchange LA has giving me. I like to call Exchange home. They have an amazing staff and the talent is unbelievable, to be part of it is sort of an honor. Los Angeles is host to the biggest names in the industry. You can throw a rock any night of the week and it will land on a top 100 DJ. To be able to play in Los Angeles is an accomplishment in itself.
How did you get into reality TV?
Haha, the question I like to avoid the most. Like I said, I'm a huge fan of music. One day a classmate and I went to a filming of a TV program, they would bring artist and they tell us to scream. Although when you have a room full of teenager, you don't need to tell them to scream. A girl came up to me and asked, "Have you ever tried acting or modeling." I thought it was a joke. One I'm not tall enough to model and I had never acted before. Expect at home, when I wanted something from my mom and dad. The agency would call me. I would ignore their call's, but they would insist that I come in and do a test shoot. I asked my friend Marco to go to audition with me. I only went to get them off my back. Next thing you know I'm part of the company, they taught me how to walk, talk, and act properly for film and TV. They had classes for everything. They wanted us to be well rounded. I didn't have to audition for roles, they would call the agency and they would send us out. The agency catered to the latino community. If you seen a latino reality show, I was probably in it.
Which do you prefer reality TV or Film?
I love film. I loved working on Left at the Rio Grande. It was one of the best experience of my life. You wake up at 4 in the morning and you don't leave till at 1a.m. The days' are long, but when you love something it doesn't seem long. I realize I was a natural on this film. I would take direction well, and the director love that I improvised. Another great shoot for me was TLC, Kids by The Dozen. We shot it in a couple of weeks'. I was really attached to my family. When you work so closely with people for long period of times, you develop special friendships. It really did feel like the Cason were my family. It was also the first time I saw the politics of the business. The producer didn't get along with the DP, and vise versa. I learned to keep my mouth shut and not take sides. Sometimes you get stuck in the middle. One of them would tell you one thing, and the other another, all you can do is smile. The filming days were long for Kids By the Dozen. I remember we had to shoot one scene in Santa Barbara. We didn't leave till 1a.m. and we had to be up in Lake Elsinore, California by 6a.m. to start filming there. It was well worth it.
Lets talk production how did you get involved?
I have been dabbling in music production for some time. I was a self thought DJ, and taught myself how to use Logic 9. People bitch about education, what they don't realize is that there is so much information out there, you can grab a book, look up tutorial's , ask your buddy questions. We live in an information society and I took advantage of that. I digress, I always wanted to learn, I always try to learn as much as I can. I'm enrolled at my local community collage. I take classes there. It is a bit hard sometimes because I also have to work as an entertianer. I love my teachers, they are very patient with me. The program is amazing, I would tell anyone to get as much knowedlge as possible.
What made you open up a record label?
I want to have a company that deals with music, video, and film. I want to cross promote my art in different mediums. I also have distribution, why not release other music as well. The company takes a lot of my time. There is the legal stuff, the marketing, the art work. It all has to be coordinate in timely manner and you have to invest a lot of time trying to get the music out there. You don't get paid unless you sell. It's a big undertaking. We have the pleasure of releasing some amazing tracks. I was a fan of Mike Avery before I started working with him. I love releasing music with him. I'm glad we have him on our team. Delshad is an amazing producer, we have also worked with him, he always manages to hit the charts and thats what we want for our artist. I also love to see the people we work with succeed. Shmitty and Tyler Rouse are on the way of becoming industry standards in the Techno community. They play at Insomniac festivals and throw their own parties, Minimal Sessions. The vibes are always great at Minimal, anyone that loves techno needs to go. We recently signed Hate Beat Crushers and they are also doing well, they are an Italian House duo, and their productions are amazing. We are always looking for special music. Recently we found one from Sumo Impact, he will be releasing his first single with us. We loved his production so much we gave him a 10 song contract.
What do you look for in artist?
That's simple, great production and something with a wow factor. Something that makes you say, ooh shit where did this come from. Sometimes we might hear something and it might need a bit of polishing, but we see a huge potential and we take a chance. You have to know basic music theory and production. If you just throw sound together, it won't get far. We are stepping our game up. If we are going to spend money on an artist, we want something that delivers.
Last question what are you currently working on?
Right now my first priority is shooting music video's for our artist. I will be in Europe meeting with Hate Beat Crusher and Sumo Impact to shoot their music videos. I like to be involved in the process of what the label does. In my free time I will be working on my own music. I have a few finished track's, but I don't know if that is the direction I want to go. I'm making different versions until I'm happy. Im also working on a small short film. I will probably start that in the spring. Making The DJ our news magazine is also one of my top priorities. I will add host to my resume. I really want to bring people some of the best interviews with some of the best artist on the planet. I want to explore their minds and find out how they actually got to the point they are now. So basically I have to shoot a magazine show, music video's and write my next EP.