TRE WARD “THERAPY” INTERVIEW: “I feel like listening to my own voice talking about what I’ve been through kinda helps me get through it.”
We had the chance to talk to Tre Ward about his newest release “Therapy,” where he shares what went into his R&B EP and how he got into music in the first place. We talked about everything from his father being in music to how he deals with his emotional Pisces side.
THE HONEY: TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST EP “THERAPY”
TRE WARD: “‘THERAPY’ is an R&B EP with seven songs and it’s basically about everything I’ve been through in this half of 2020… and I put it all into seven songs. In these songs I’m talking about my trial and tribulations with relationships.”
THE HONEY: DO YOU WRITE YOUR MUSIC?
TRE WARD: “I use to write my music but now I freestyle it.”
THE HONEY: YOU FREESTYLE YOUR MUSIC? ALWAYS?
TRE WARD: “Yes. I started freestyling on all my songs about this time last year. It kind of became second nature to me because I’ve been doing it for so long. I felt like I was putting too much thought power into each song so instead I wanted to just get everything off my chest right then and there.”
THE HONEY: DO YOU HAVE TO BE IN A CERTAIN HEADSPACE TO DO THAT?
TRE WARD: “I use to but not anymore. I feel like I’ve been through so much as far as relationships. I can just pop in with an idea wherever I’m at, however I’m feeling; I can be happy and still come up with something.”
THE HONEY: WHAT IS THERAPY ABOUT SPECIFICALLY?
TRE WARD: “You know how a therapist will tell you what’s bothering you or what’s on your mind? Basically the project is me spilling out those feelings.”
THE HONEY: YOU FEEL LIKE YOUR MUSIC IS THERAPY?
TRE WARD: “Yes, most definitely. As far as the songs I record and the projects, I listen to them over and over again. I feel like listening to my own voice talking about what I’ve been through kinda helps me get through it.”
THE HONEY: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MAKING MUSIC? HOW DID YOU GET INTO IT?
TRE WARD: “I’ve been doing music for seven years. My dad was a musician; he was in a few groups and music was always around me. I didn’t really want to do music, at first I was playing basketball and I was planning on playing.. but I had a lot of friends around me that did music and that inspired me. I knew I already had the tools because of my dad and that’s how I started.”
THE HONEY: HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE NOW IN MUSIC AND WHEN DID YOUR GROWTH START HAPPENING?
TRE WARD: “Fresh out of high school I signed to a local label and that kind of put me on the platform. I performed at the Dallas Car Show twice and a lot of high school pep rallies and that put a lot of eyes on me. I was on the radio everyday in 2016 with the single I had at the time called ‘Anymore.’ So, that all helped.”
THE HONEY: SO YOU’RE NOT SIGNED ANYMORE? DO YOU WANT TO BE OR DO YOUR PREFER TO BE INDEPENDENT?
TRE WARD: “I enjoy being independent. I want to grow as an independent artist and make as many connections as I can and make a good income with being independent. That way when I’m ready to sign it can be more of a partnership.”
THE HONEY: WHAT IS YOUR FOCUS WITH MUSIC RIGHT NOW?
TRE WARD: “My focus is getting another regional hit and just giving people as much music as possible. I love making music and I love giving people music. I also want a global hit.”
THE HONEY: IN YOUR MUSIC YOU’RE OPEN WITH YOUR FEELINGS BUT ARE YOU THE SAME IN PERSON?
TRE WARD: “That’s definitely in my music. In person, I definitely have a shyness about me until I get to know you. That’s just how I grew up, I was timid but I’m trying to change that, especially being in the music industry.”
THE HONEY: DO YOU HAVE A MESSAGE THROUGH YOUR MUSIC?
TRE WARD: “I have a lot of people tell me I get them in their feelings. I have a lot of day-one fans that say they see the growth in my music… they see the situations I go through in my music and see how I grow and my music grows. It’s me getting older and getting into older situations.”
THE HONEY: WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL PERSON?
TRE WARD: “Yes 100 percent. I’m a pisces. Pisces are super emotional.”
THE HONEY: WHAT’S THE MOST PISCES QUALITY ABOUT YOU?
TRE WARD: “I care about a lot and I don’t care about a lot. It’s like the Yin and Yang factor. The Pisces sign is the Yin and Yang sign and there’s a balance. I care about my friends, I care about music. Things I don’t care about: peoples unwanted opinions. Now that I think about it, there aren’t a lot of things I don’t care about but peoples unwanted opinions about me is what I really don’t care about. I try to present myself with the attitude that I’m the greatest and want to be the greatest but not a lot of people vibe with that kind of attitude. I feel like a lot of people should have that attitude but some people are weird about it sometimes.”
THE HONEY: IS THAT SOMETHING YOU’VE HAD TO WORK ON OR HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY?
TRE WARD: “That’s something I had to work on because I use to care about it and be so open about it and now I just kinda admitted it in my mind that ‘you’re the greatest and it really doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say.’ That’s what I’m striving for; I’m striving to be the greatest. I have hella’ pictures of Michael Jackson on my walls and he’s the greatest. I strive to be just like him.”
THE HONEY: WHAT IS SOMETHING YOU WOULD SAY TO ARTISTS AS ADVICE TO MOTIVATE THEM OR INSPIRE THEM?
TRE WARD: “Whatever you’re talking about in your music make sure it comes from the heart. As people we’re different but we all go through the same things/ emotional traumas and things of that nature. Make sue your music is relatable. Don’t give into other peoples opinions and work really hard.”
You can stream THERAPY here.