In the studio with Atlanta Producer, TreDaFuture
By Nicole Morris
September 3, 2020
For those who don’t know who you are, who is TreDaFuture?
TreDaFuture is a young innovative producer from Indianapolis who's working to push the envelope of music production.
What inspired you to become a producer and artist?
I've had a natural likeness and talent for music since I was a kid. At five years old, I watched the movie Drumline with Nick Cannon for the first time. After watching that movie, later that evening I was at home and I recited the scene when Nick Cannon plays the snare drum with a pair of drumsticks I had. That scene in the movie heavily sparked my interest in playing the drums; which lead to me taking drum lessons. Following that, I began to take piano lessons and I discovered that I had "play by ear" talent. Both the movie and Pharrell William’s music were two sources of inspiration that motivated me to become a music producer.
When I was in elementary school, my uncle gave me a beat machine. This was a was my first introduction to music production from a technology standpoint. With this drum machine, I learned how to create drum patterns, time signatures, and measures. In middle school, I took a music and media class. There I met the choir teacher, Mrs. Keys. I would stay after school to work on assignments and participate in activities. That eventually led to her helping me explore my music creativity after school. Mrs. Keys would let me in the music room whenever I stayed after school. I was the only kid in the music room after school, unknowingly by others. I discovered a program called Garage Band during this time, I started using loops and playing melodies on a midi controller to create demos. Fast forward to me going into high school, I progressed to programs such as Reason and Logic Pro X. From there I learned about producing completed beats and understanding song structure. The rest is history on how I progressed sonically as a producer and the continuous hours I work on my craft.
What’s your perspective on the current social climate of Hip-Hop (culturally)?
From a sonic and producing standpoint, it's amazing. It's been a thrill to see how far music production has come sonically. The enhancement of technology helps achieve sonics. As far as artists, there are a lot of dope artists who create conscious vibes as well as songs you can have fun to. In the midst of that, there are still a lot of artists that lack originality and bite off other artists' waves. That's what separates the true creatives from the “not so creatives” I suppose.
Are there any genres of music that you haven’t produced, but that you want to produce in the near future?
I would say producing Latin Pop, Gospel, and Rock would be an acceptable challenge to take on in the near future.
What’s your collaborative process like?
With most artists, if the opportunity is there, I like to create organically with them. Sometimes that's not possible, so I email them the beat(s) and produce records from my end. I have a small circle of producers I create with. Those moments are usually organic and in person as well. Nowadays it's important to be collaborative. Good situations come from anything these days, especially good relationships.
In the first episode of “House Vibes”, your YouTube docu-series, you allow viewers to watch you cook up a beat from scratch. It was honestly dope, how did you bring that concept to life?
The House Vibes series stems from the reality of my life. I've realized as a producer I've hadn't put out content the world can listen to and watch, aside from the placements I have with underground and mainstream artists. In my house, I have a studio setup where I produce my music. When I travel outside of Atlanta, I try to bring my house vibe with me to be creative and stay productive. So it's really not a gimmick. If you were to follow me when I’m working, wherever I’m at, you'd see the creative vibe similar in the House Vibe series.
What has your experience in the music industry taught you thus far?
My experience in the music industry has continuously been a blessed journey. I come from Indianapolis, I feel that the opportunity is very rare for music creatives there. I also feel that there is a lack of support for creatives there. It's a blessing to be where I am today. In my early years as a teen pursuing music, I prayed and hoped for a lot of things. Today I can honestly say I've manifested some good progression into my career. What I've learned is, despite my progression, that a lot of other producers would love to have my experiences. I'm personally thankful for that, so the grind is never over. I've come a long way, but have a long way to go. I'm a student first in the music world, and my best is yet to come.
Have you been working on any new music lately?
I've been focusing on cooking up a lot of beats and pushing my sound forward. These days music opportunities come spontaneously, and it's good to be prepared. Also, I'm focusing on creating more music with my close friends who are underground. I want to be the best producer I can to them and help maximize their potential as artists. I don't want to do too much name dropping "haha", but there's more content produced by me coming on a mainstream and underground level. Also, I have more visual content on the way along with personal projects from me.