IceTre Speaks On New Album, Touring, and More In interview With HCM

HCM. How did you come by your stage name?
IceTre: I’ve always been interested in chains and rings and in the culture, it was one time referred to as “bling”, then it started being called “Ice”. When I debuted as a musician in 2004 I put my government after “Ice” which gave me my stage name, IceTre.

HCM. When did you discover your love for music and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
IceTre: In the early 2000’s. What made me realize? It was during a time in my life when I was still figuring out my identity, and I was really driven by my own potential because I wanted things that I knew I had to work for but even if they were out of my grasp that one day I could have them if I kept pushing forward.

HCM. To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
IceTre: I have my own style with my own elements, but with music (and even fashion) there are many influences. Fashion-wise I would say A$AP Rocky, music-wise I would say Lil Wayne.

HCM. On your album “28” how did you come up with the concept for it?
IceTre: Well, the number “28” is significant to me for a number of different reasons so I wanted to incorporate that into an album that has different tempos, different vocals, different meanings, and more. Each song has its own personality and its own voice, which is important when you are creating.

HCM. What are some of your greatest challenges as an artist, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
IceTre: Some of the greatest challenges as an artist is keeping your business private because the excitement over achievements and successes can bring people to want to take credit for themselves by stealing content or people can say that when you speak on your successes that it is considered “bragging”. This is not true yet avoiding it altogether is better and that is why it’s best to keep your business on a short leash.

HCM. What impression would you like listeners to be left with after hearing your music?
IceTre: I just want them to feel good after hearing my music. I’ve always made music for myself that way it can have real emotion behind it. If someone says they really liked my song after hearing it then that means that I did right with myself by making the music that is true to who I am. When your fans like your music it means they really feel what you are saying. Always make sure you have a message to get across.

HCM. What are your plans for the near future?
IceTre: I have a lot of music that is coming out soon. About 2-3 albums worth. Exclusively trough Blazington Music Group (BMG), Empire (ED), and UMPG (Universal Music Publishing Group). Touring is a big plan for the near future. There have even been show offers to perform in Canada, South Africa, and London. There are a few other big plans that are coming up but those have to be kept secret, for the moment.

HCM. Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
IceTre: Well first off I’d like to thank the Lord for getting me through the toughest times. I’d like to also thank my mother for helping start everything up from the bottom, the record label for helping us every step we needed along the way, and my fans and our supporters not only from our home state but all around the world. Thank you, everyone, for your support.


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Author: Mr. Hood Critic

Hood Critic Magazine was founded by Holland D. Witherspoon in Bossier City, Louisiana 2013. HOOD CRITIC MAGAZINE was created to cover up and coming unsigned independent artist.