We asked Tresize to tell us all about Soul Casino – he said, “I would say it’s raw but still has a smooth dreaminess to it…expect to feel good after listening to it. There are a variety of sounds but they all fit together and seem to make their own style. The writing process for Soul Casino was a mish mash of life, turmoil and happiness. There was no real ‘process’ – just do it when you can. The writing was really just a love for music and experiences from life. I really don’t think I could put that process into words.” Check out more on Turk and Soul Casino at turktresize.com…right after you finish reading all the answers to the XXQs found below.
XXQs: Turk Tresize
PEV: How would you describe your sound and what makes you stand out from others in your genre?
Turk Tresize (TT): I think the difference is that my music doesn’t really fit into one particular genre; it kind of spreads itself out across all of them a bit. As far as the sound goes, I would say it’s raw but still has a smooth dreaminess to it. I think the sound really reflects the procedure of recording the album to tape and captures the rawness of not over producing it or making it sound prettier. We left the music in it’s real form the best we could and still have it sound acceptable.
PEV: What kind of music were you into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?
TT: I grew up around a lot of different music growing up. My mom and dad were really into Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Charlie Rich and all those guys. You would always here one of them playing in the house, but when I would walk through the house and go outside to get on my dirt bike or horse, I would pass the bungalow where my sister stayed and she would be playing Neil Young, Rodriguez and guys like that. Rodriguez is a record I still listen to now, I love it dude. We play it in the shed all the time. He really is my favorite style of music. I was so surprised when I found out America didn’t know anything about him and we had been listening to it here. Anyway, after all that I got into Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Black Sabbath and The Doors.
The first concert I went to…I believe it was Skyhooks and I was around 16 years old. Now that was my first “actual” concert not the first live music I had ever heard. I used to sneak into many pubs at a young age (laughing).
TT: Starting out actually wasn’t so bad because I knew a lot of people and party-goers. Once we got the ball rolling and kept gaining a following we would get booked at a lot of places. As long as we kept a following and kept getting booked we were doing pretty good.
Let’s see my first show (laughs) well my first show I felt like I had eaten a box of laxatives (laughs)! Once I got going though I started to feel like I was playing at home. As long as I could get myself over having to run to the toilet I realized this could be fun.
PEV: What can fans expect from a Turk Tresize show?
TT: I think they will get the true delivery of the songs. It doesn’t matter how many times I play them I will still feel the same way about them as when I wrote them. It really is not just a routine, I do it because I love doing it and I love playing the songs. Luckily enough I think I wrote them from a good part in my heart and it doesn’t stop meaning something to me. I believe at my show you will get the true delivery of the songwriter and the songs.
PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage to perform?
TT: This is gonna be fun, this is what I love and this is what life is all about. Oh and where is a safe spot for my drink (laughs).
PEV: What is the best part about being on stage in front of an audience?
TT: Seeing if you can get the message across and feeling the need to take the audience somewhere and hoping that they like it. That is the never-ending challenge of getting on stage. It’s also the fun of it all. You are trying to be yourself, trying to be an entertainer and trying to enjoy it all at the same time, that’s the fun of it.
PEV: What is the underlying inspiration for your music?
TT: It was really to see if I could keep writing songs that people can relate to and to see how many people I could get to relate to them. I also think that at the same time it was just to entertain myself.
TT: Yes I do and I think everyone does, or I’d like to think they do. I think it’s a shame if you don’t because the journey is the reason we wanted to do it all in the first place. I think it would be silly to only look forward to the next day instead of realizing how much fun you’ve had along the way. Not only that, if you don’t look back, how are you ever going to learn what you should and shouldn’t do?
PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about you?
TT: Well I started playing guitar right handed and I was doing pretty good at it and then for some reason I decided that I was going to play left handed. Now I am a left-handed player but maybe I should have stuck with the right (laughs)!
PEV: What happens when you hit a brick wall when writing? What are your methods to get over it?
TT: There are a few things that I do. I would probably start a new song or go work on one that I previously hit a brick wall on, or talk to the dog and see what he thinks (laughs). If he doesn’t have anything good to come up with then I’ll go outside, look at the stars shake it off and go back in and start again.
PEV: How do you think the industry has changed since you first started out?
TT: I think that there is just not as much support as there used to be or at least people don’t buy music like they used to. I used to like the fact that you used to be able to physically hold an album and read the cover and you felt like you had something special. People used to be proud of their collections whether it was on tape, vinyl or CD. People used to be so proud; they wanted you to see the collection of what they had where as now it seems to just be on some device. To me it seems impersonal; it doesn’t seem to be about owning the song as a person anymore. Now I feel like it is more of can’t I just get it when I want it? I think that the industry has made the public like that and obviously these days money changes everything in this industry.
PEV: What can fans expect from your latest release, Soul Casino? What was the writing process like for this album?
TT: They should expect to feel good after listening to it. There are a variety of sounds but they all fit together and seem to make their own style. The writing process for Soul Casino was a mish mash of life, turmoil and happiness. There was no real “process” just do it when you can. The writing was really just a love for music and experiences from life. I really don’t think I could put that process into words.
PEV: With all your traveling, is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?
TT: No I don’t think so. Nowhere in particular, just anywhere that I haven’t been yet.
PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career?
TT: Really good! Over the years they have all joined in one way or another. That is what music is all about, bringing people together. The crowd brings the music and the music brings the crowd and from what I can tell everyone has been having just as much fun as I have.
PEV: What can we find you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?
TT: Well without sounding like a total wanker I’d love to ride dirt bikes, kick the footy, catch a fish, ride a horse and hang with good friends. That is what I would do if I had any spare time, which right now I don’t seem too have much of.
PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration. Why?
TT: For the present I would have to say Chris Cornell because I love the way he sings and writes his songs. For the past I’d say Elvis cause I’d like to teach him how to sing and write songs (laughs).
PEV: Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for?
TT: Yea – my son who’s not here yet.
PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal), what would you do for a career?
TT: Something to do with a farm and animals or if I’m lucky something with a motor in it so I could race the crap out of it, but don’t ever ask me that question again that is a horrible thought!
PEV: What is next for Turk Tresize?
TT: To keep on keepin’ on and not to lose grip of what I love in life.