Facebook R&B crooner Mario has been relatively quiet on the music front for…
- Posted on Mar 15th 2010 2:03PM by Tina Smithers
How did you get into the music business?
After rapping in ciphers, battles and just about anywhere I could get in a circle and rhyme, a friend and I were introduced to the Black Eyed Peas' [at the time Atban Klann] producer Motiv8. Prior to working with him, I had never even recorded in a studio. The first song I ever recorded professionally was produced by Will.i.am [formerly Will-1X]. What proceeded were the general ups and downs, trials and triumphs of becoming the artist I am today. Those who can remember the old names of Will and the Peas can put a date on how long ago that all was.
How would you describe your sound?
I consider my rhymes just a conversation. I talk about things I would tell you if we were just chillin'. I don't feel like my sound is confined to a specific style, it's just the ability to cleverly convey my point. The influence of Los Angeles and West Covina (626!) where I grew up is heavy in my music. I speak from every experience I can relate to - being a Black American, a traveling musician, a loving father and everything in between.Who are your musical influences?
Big Daddy Kane, Aceyalone, Chaka Khan, James Brown, The Doobie Brothers...I draw inspiration from recent artists as well. People who push to create music from their soul will always win with me.
How did you choose your name?
It started off as a joke from my man, Cam J (RIP). In high school, I used to be out and would walk pretty far just to go to the mall or Tower Records, so I wouldn't be involved in nonsense. So he started calling me 'Trek.' It stuck, and here it is. I added 'Life' later, feeling like all life really is, is just a quest to get from one stage to the next.
What's in your festival survival kit?
My iPhone and my laptop.
What's the craziest thing you've experienced on tour?
Recently a promoter got really drunk during our show and refused to take us back to where we were staying because he said he wanted to "go to the afterparty and eat pussy." The whole debate with him to just pay us, take us back to the flat and let us be took over an hour! It wasn't so funny then, but it's hilarious looking back.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
Janet Jackson in 'The Pleasure Principle' video. Black Guess jeans and footie socks had me jockin' her for a minute!
Britney Spears or Lady Gaga?
Britney seems to be the lesser of two evils.
What's your guiltiest pleasure?
Tag Team's "Whoomp! (There It Is)." That song gets it crackin'!
What can we catch you singing at karaoke?
Anything off of Michael Jackson's Thriller album or New Edition's first album.
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