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Local Music Monday: Trevor Tremaine

Jamie Lazich

This week DeBraun Thomas profiles musician Trevor Tremaine.

Trevor Tremaine is a native of Nicholasville who moved to Lexington in the year 2000. Music was always around in his house growing up as his grandfather was a traveling minister of music, his grandmother played piano and his father played bass in a jazz trio. Tremaine started playing piano before eventually moving to guitar, but he says he decided that he wanted to be a musician, after watching his father play.

“And for that whole time it was like, I could watch him and see he was in heaven, with his eyes closed and playing walking bass, which again is kind of a lost art, it’s not something that you hear in rock n roll, so just seeing someone that I love, that I was close to, improvise and just be completely in the moment, I was like ‘that seems like a cool job, that seems cooler than other possible jobs or if that’s not a career, that’s something I wanna do, I wanna make that part of my life’”

In addition to playing music, Tremaine also spends time recording music as well. Since he has been in many different bands, Tremaine has tried to capture every incarnation. Tremaine says his love of recording constantly has him thinking outside the box.

“To me, the DIY thing is kind of essential, I feel like I work a little bit better when I’m pretty close to the knobs and when I’m pretty close to the microphones, even though, and I’m gonna go ahead and say this, I don’t know what I’m doing at all, like I have to consult Google before I even decide what kind of mic to use on something or where to put it, I’m learning as I go along, I feel really at home in garages, basements, bedrooms, those are the places I like to record.

In 2004 Tremaine started writing songs for a new project that became the band Attempt. The group is different from a lot of his other projects in that he started it by himself. The project itself is something Tremaine says has evolved into exactly what he wanted it to become.

“I just found this thread and I just kinda kept pulling on it until it turned into Attempt, for years I tried to do it solo with a drum machine and a loop pedal and that was a nightmare, it was just a stressful way to play music and I didn’t really get to enjoy it, to me though, where we’re at now, I’ve got a group that, it’s kind of a supergroup, it’s people from Big Fresh, John Ferguson from Big Fresh and Dave Farris who plays in a bazillion bands is the drummer and Nick and Dave from the Nativity Singers and Joey Tucci from Wretched Worst, and to me, what we’re doing right now is the most fully realized version of the band yet.”

Trevor Tremaine performs with Hair Police, Resonant Hole and Attempt. Tremaine will be performing with Attempt tonight at the Farrish Theater in the Downtown Lexington Library. More information about Tremaine and his projects can be found on facebook and here

DeBraun Thomas fell in love with radio at a young age but only had interest in working in radio after learning Funk musician Sly Stone got his start in radio. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Thomas moved to Lexington in 2009 to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a career in radio. Thomas joined WRFL in 2009 and through the UK school of Journalism, Thomas had 2 features air on WUKY. In October of 2012, Thomas began interning at WUKY and produced the Unghosting of Medgar Evers. In August of 2013 Thomas became a staff member at WUKY and since that time, Thomas regularly produces the weekly segment Local Music Mondays which highlights local musicians in Lexington. Thomas hosts the Crunkadelic Funk Show which airs Saturday nights at 9pm and also produced a documentary on the 50th anniversary of the March on Frankfort. In addition to producing and hosting a radio show, Thomas also explores his other passion as a musician in Lexington.
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