#TMITuesday: 10 Questions With Canadian Artist Tremayne

Tremayne is a Toronto grown hip-hop artist, known for his prolific performances and universally respected for his visceral songwriting. Born and raised just west of Toronto, in the suburb of Brampton, Tremayne began his career under the moniker T-Mayne, a nod to his birth name. Known for wearing his heart on his sleeve, whether on stage or on record, it has become a calling card for his style of music. Floating somewhere between the poetic, introspection of classic Chicago hip hop, and the contemporary trap soundwaves of New Toronto, Tremayne explores the interpersonal workings of the artist mind, the bleeding heart and the human experience. His pursuit of a career in music has taken him across the globe from London, New York, Montreal, Germany to performing at Atlanta hip hop festival, A3C. He and his collective, StayOutLate, look to leave an imprint on the entertainment industry.

  1. Since today is #TMITuesday what can you tell the readers about you that they may not
    already know?

    This is a tough one because I’m pretty much an open book, but that actually gives me a good
    answer. If you follow me on Instagram you might not know my handle is an acronym. Most
    people fuck it up when they mention me. It’s not idaati, it’s Ldaati and it stand for Life Death And All Things Inbetween. The name came from the fact I wanted to treat my Instagram like a reality
    TV channel. so you can go back to my very first post ever. Nothing has been deleted or
    archived since, I think I started it in 2014?
  2. Who or what inspires your sound?
    This unpredictable, highly experimental, chaotic thing called life. Most of my music, whether
    bright or dark sounding, dances in a vast, often uncomfortable world of existentialism. I often try to mimic the peaks and valleys, and always venture to explore things less explored.
  3. If you were to collab with any artist who would it be and why?

    Honestly this question is tough, because as an artist that changes depending on a million
    different factors. But if the scenario was that I was locked in a room with one artist and we
    couldn’t leave until we made a hit on my terms it would probably be either Jill Scott or Erykah Badu. I’d have them teach me how to sing, which would drive them crazy cause I’m a terrible singer, but I think they’d be able to help me find my pocket. We’d talk about life for probablydays. If it’s Erykah I’d convince her to be the doula of my first born child, and somewhere within all of that we’d end up making an album worth of music, that if you know me might never seethe light of day lol.
  4. I talk about reality TV a lot on this site, would you ever compete on a show like Canada’s Got
    Talent, or The Voice?

    I personally wouldn’t. It’s not fitting for me. Ima super emotional, theatrical, grungy artist. If they allow the audience and judges to be on a shroom trip when I perform maybe. But stripped down I think my content is more disruptive than entertaining.
  5. A simple one, whats your fave movie?
    Lmfao! I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say the movies I’d like to say, but I’m going to say it and you edit if you want afterward. It’s either Lars Von trier’s – Antichrist or Gaspar Noè’s –
    Irreversible. Both incredibly hard movies to watch. Gaspar’s has the most beautifully redeeming moment in the end that very few people can make it to. I always connect with things that challenge my safe place. I believe a huge and dangerous flaw in most of us is our inability to navigate uncomfortable things. It often pushes us to a place of black and white when nothing on this planet is completely black and white.
  6. What is a song that you are most proud of?
    Probably my most recent release, Daddy issues ft. Backxwash and Charlie Noiir. It’s an
    extremely vulnerable song and sound wise not really something I’ve expressed as an artist. It’s a song that I thought would alienate a lot of people who listen to my music, but on the contrary it ended up connecting with a lot of people, which I’m proud of.
  7. What is an average day like for you?
    Being tormented with a list of 100 things to do. Always deciding to let things flow as they may, and wearing whichever cap I’m most connected to at the time. Having a million deadlines and trying to complete them all in one day. Being concerned I’m not living up to my potential. Being obsessed with making the people around me better.
  8. If you could choose one song to be your ‘theme song’ what would it be and why?
    It would definitely have to be Kanye – Power. No song gets me as hype and makes me feel as
    determined and destined as that song. Whenever I feel lazy or like giving up or uninspired I play that song for a charge up.

9. Do you remember the first song you ever recorded?
I don’t remember the song exactly, but I remember the time period. It was high school. My
friends Scotty IV, who at that time went as Spooks and Prezident Jeff all had just got into
making music. They were already talented producers and rappers and I was just a kid who liked to write. To this day I have no clue why they let me rock with them cause I was really horrible, but I was committed. I’m still committed.

10. What’s next for you?
No clue really. I want to do a lot of things, but we’ll see what the universe has in store. If you’re following my socials you’ll see it all play out.
Twitter – @tremayneSOL
Instagram – @Ldaati
Tiktok – @treyoutlate

photo by Daniel Chirume

Cover image by: Dusty Loops

Published by Nikki Sin

Toronto based blogger, dreamer, and a green tea addict. Currently working with a fire breathing dragon, no seriously.

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