[Q&A] Treasure Learns to Love in Every Way with ‘Suffocation & Air’

Photo Credit: Edward Paxton (@edward_paxton_photography)

By Alissa Arunarsirakul // April 21, 2020

With a calming aura and undeniable charm, Treasure wears his heart on his sleeve–especially in his impressive discography. His otherworldly new EP Suffocation & Air speaks the rising British artist’s truth as we learn about his experiences with self-acceptance and all types of love. Without further ado, it’s about time you prepare yourself for the righteousness that is Treasure’s Suffocation & Air.

On Suffocation & Air, Treasure reflected,

“I’ve always struggled to fit in and can’t find my place in this industry or world even, but I’m okay with that. Music is my way of protesting my unapologetic individuality.” 

To celebrate the release of his new music, we recently chatted with Treasure about his creative process, honesty, and of course, Suffocation & Air.

H: You’ve shared that Frank Ocean, D’Angelo, and Choker are a few of your biggest inspirations. What about these artists speaks to you?

T: Their ability to draw upon their vulnerability. They all have amazing songs without a doubt, but being of African descent and going against the status quo really makes me feel like there’s a place for artists like myself.

HH: People are gravitated to your unique personality and undeniable charm. What would you say are your most notable qualities as a musician? 

T: As a musician, I’m honest. I’m not the best guitarist, best singer, or best producer but my ability to work my feelings into a project makes up for what I lack. Every single project I create is different from the last, for better or for worse, so expect something fresh with every release.   

HH: You’re known for wearing your heart in your sleeve, and Suffocation & Air certainly supports that statement. Why is it so important for you to share your feelings through music?

T: Music is my form of release, it almost borders on escapism. From the age of 12, I’ve been trying to write songs I can cry too, songs that can help me breathe a little better. If I don’t feel the music then I can’t put it out, but if I feel the music, I’ll share it in the hopes of connecting with any souls who can find meaning in the art.  

HH: Suffocation & Air consists of nine tracks with such different soundscapes. How do you go from one sound to another so seamlessly? 

T: Suffocation & Air was created using a Fender Telecaster, Boss GT8 Guitar effects processor, my bass guitar, my Ampeg Di, my Yamaha Ez220 keyboard, and my laptop. Every track had mostly the same ingredients, but I made subtle changes during my mixing process to add a different flavor to each track. I spent a while working on the setlist and transition from song to song to give it some continuity.

HH: Your falsetto is truly out of this world. Do you have a vocal routine that you can share with us?

T: I wish I did! Maybe the years spent singing “Easy Lover” by Phil Collins and Phil Bailey did me some good! I’m looking into getting some vocal coaching once I have the time and money, because I’ve got a long way to go IMHO.

HH: If you could turn back time and write any hit song, which one would it be? 

T: “Grand Theft Autumn (Where Is Your Boy Tonight?)” by Fall Out Boy – this song will always have a special place in my heart.

HH: What are your three hidden hits?

T: “Makeup” by Brandon. This guy’s a big talent and knows how to tug at your heartstrings.

“House in the Hills” by Jay Lewn. Can’t get enough of this song atm; he’s a very talented songwriter and I’m happy to have met him on his journey.

“Taxi Boy” by RALPH TV.  They recently dropped an album called Cabin Fever on the Nice Guys record label and it’s their best work yet.

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