Trevor Zaalman is a multi-talented individual active in the fields of entrepreneurship (with his video creation agency, Crinso), theater (with the comedyshow Kijkjekop) and as an independent artist he is known as Really Tré.
Serious and studious in his work, yet energetic and playful during his live musical performances. Trevor his personality, work, and music are characterized by these dualities. Bringing professionalism and precision to his work, while also showcasing the creative spirit and artistic flair during live music performances.
Trevor made a playlist for us with songs that inspired and guided him during his musical journey. The playlist and below interview were made during the editorial shoot of our new Luca’s in Hotel Slaak.
How do you approach songwriting and what inspires your lyrics?
I’ll try to explain it as it truly occurs. The lyrics kind of happen to me, all of the sounds of this flow and rhythm make my body move. It starts with my head nodding, bounce to it. After that two things can happen my mouth starts making sounds or words. The first time it happened to me I was 8 years old and my best friend at that time, Dylan Collard, told me someone close to him had passed away due to smoking cigarettes. Dylan’s emotions really moved me and I started rapping fort he first time (in Dutch):
“Roken is schadelijk,
Want zo dadelijk
Krijg je een longontsteking
Maar je houdt geen rekening
In de winkel op een sigaretje pakje zie je staan Roken is verrot je kan er dood van gaan!”
After that Dylan said, yeah let’s write a song against smoking.
Why am I telling you this story? Well to answer the question.
I hope I gave you a good verbal “visual” of how I always write songs and what inspires me.
How do you stay motivated and continue to evolve as an artist?
To stay motivated would imply that I don’t really want something. Being an artist goes beyond what I want, it is really what I am. And of course, every artistic experience makes me evolve more and more.
How do you balance your entrepreneurial life with the demands of starting a musical career?
I combine them. With my Creative Agency I provide Companies and entrepreneurs with my skills and knowledge in the field of Marketing Communications. I produce video content that will function as an ad for the business of my clients. And since music has so much influence on human beings, I can use my music skills in those productions.
When is your next music coming out and where can we find you?
On the 8th of August 2023 I will release my first album ever.
Tell us something why you selected these 15 songs for us?
The songs I selected are songs that Inspired me or that I just think are really DOPE!
(1) Nickelback - Rockstar
(2) Imagine Dragons - Enemy
(3) Russ - What they want
(4) Nico & Venz - Am I Wrong
(5) Chloe x Halle - Everywhere
(6) Childish Gambino - This Is America
(7) Sam Smith, Kim Petras - Unholy
(8) Brent Faiyaz - Fuck The World
(9) Emmit Fenn - Painting Greys
(10) Ronnie Flex, Yade Lauren - Goed Genoeg
(11) Ayra Starr - Bloody Samaritan
(12) Dominic Fike, Kenny Beats - Phone Numbers
(13) Luca Maxim - Streets Too Quiet
(14) Animé - Caroline
(15) Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
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