24 year old Scouse Tremz, straight out of Liverpool, has ripped up the rule book and stamped his unique identity on the UK trap scene, by taking elements from its American counterpart, such as ominous beats and menacing delivery. Scouse Tremz shares tales from the trap with a distinctive twist, by uncompromisingly rapping in his visceral scouse accent and dialect; instantly giving his stories memorability, as he refuses to adopt a U.S twang or London accent for that matter.
Tremz’ style and brand (his self-titled ‘scouse trap’) is refreshing to the listeners’ ears, as it’s not often we hear regionally rich and prominent northern accents lacing a hard and edgy trap or drill beats. Tremz has redesigned and modified the US sound, to suit his individual experiences growing up in Liverpool.
Unlike London born Grime, trap allows Tremz more freedom to adapt it’s sound; as there were no UK origins in traps’ invention. The interpretation of trap is still fairly new to UK shores, which makes it easier to mould a sound of his own, when its seeds were not sown and nurtured within UK soil.
This is one of the reasons for Scouse Tremz’ rapid recognition, earning him a devoted following. Add to that a bristling confidence, complete conviction in his vision for the future of his music, along with his scouse peppered delivery. Read on as Tremz shares his journey so far at BDL’s Big weekender closing party in Alicante, Spain.
What does scouse trap mean to you? How would you define it?
Tremz: Well for one scouse trap isn’t just about the music, it’s a lifestyle and it’s where I’m from, it’s about who I am. Scouse trap is my brand, it’s my genre and what I identify with and that’s what I decided to call what I do in music.
As a northern artist, what made you decide to sign with London based BDL?
Tremz: Well I knew (Big) Narstie from 2016, and I shouted him to do a tune. I went to the studio and they (Dice Recordings management) were there. We had the conversation and then went out and that’s when history was made!
The industry is a competitive one – what was it you did that made you stand out to Narstie and Dice Recordings?
Tremz: Right now, I can’t actually think at that time what song was out, but I was banging a lot of songs out at the time, d’ya know what I mean? So it’s hard to say really. I dunno I think it’s just because I was out there man, I was everywhere.
So have you moved to London now or are you still living in Liverpool, where is your base?
Tremz: Nah nah nah, I don’t live in London, I’m in Liverpool out in the countryside, where I can get my head down and write my lyrics and then get off to London as and when.
I saw your video for ‘Rockstar’ with all the big booty shakers, what’s next for Tremz?
Tremz: [Chuckles at my description of the video] ha ha oh yeah yeah “Rockstar’ video was definitely a fun shoot to do, I can’t lie. Ha ha ha, I’m just waiting for my new E.P. I can’t even give you the title yet, because right now I’m deciding between a few, yeah, but I can tell you it’s gonna be released in the next few months, it’s definitely coming this year.
Who are you rating from your ends in Liverpool? Shout them out!
Tremz: Hmmmmm from my ends, well it’s gotta be my lil bro man, Bally Jones braaaaaap!
Big up Bally Jones! Is there any artists from Manchester you’d like to collaborate with?
Tremz: Yeah yeah – 40 Samurai, he’s cold, but right now I don’t think it’s possible.
So do you have a crew that you run with or make music with as a collective.
Tremz: Yeah FTR is my crew, it stands for ‘fuck the rats’ or ‘for the riches’, so when you asked me before who do I rate, Bally Jones is my little bro, he’s one of my boys, he’s part of the crew.
Ah ok I get you. What inspires you to create?
Tremz: Erm well sometimes I make music based on my emotions, but sometimes I spend weeks constructing a song and putting things together. I know how I want the music to sound, I know how I want the music to be in my head.
Yeah I hear that, it makes sense – Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Tremz: five years’ time?! I see myself as more successful and that’s because I’m gonna work hard and not stop working, regardless of whether I see it in that way, it’s not gonna happen unless I put the work in to make it happen.
What advice would you give people like you, people on the come up who are wanting to get signed and wanting to achieve?
Tremz: Well you see me yeah, I do my thing I don’t do it in no structured way or how anyone else does it. So when you see me do my thing it’s not in the style of no one else. I stick to my own lane, so I’d say find your lane and go with that.
What’s the view looking like in your lane for the next 6 months?
Tremz: You can expect a lot of releases, but my EP will be out as well before that, I expect that to drop well before 6 months. So yeah they’ll be a lot of releases and some new sounds; my EP will come first and then I’ll put out some releases.
What’s your message to your fans?
Tremz: Stay working man, don’t give up, that’s all I can say. Do your thing y’know what I mean.
Stream his latest mixtape Nothing But Scouse Trap via YouTube and Spotify –