Toronto's Pop/Hip Hop Rising Star Trey Joshua Releases 'Fine To Me'
By Eric Alper.
Life is short, and in its haste, we must revel. The essence of youth is the here and now, a truth that Trey Joshua captures in his latest single, “Fine To Me.”
The 21-year-old artist from Toronto spawned the song in unconventional conditions, an outburst of creativity coming over him and his producer friend Ricky Tovey as the two found themselves with a group of friends at a camp in Muskoka. In the midst of the debauchery, the friends forged a summer bop that sells shoulders to sway.
“We were all drinking and partying, and after my buddies fell asleep, the producer Ricky and I were still up,” Trey explained. “We got bored, so we decided to make some music. Right then, he laid down the beat. Drums were kickin’, melodies were swingin’, and as soon as I heard it, I knew it was something real.”
It took just 15 minutes for the duo to devise this dance tune, recording the original version in the cabin where they stayed. Trey and Ricky later showed what they’d made to their friends, and it became a staple for the rest of the trip. It taught Trey an important musical lesson.
“It’s funny how something so easy and simple can make so much sense,” he said. “If anything, the making of the song taught me that not everything in music has to be so calculated and precise. It’s totally okay just to feel and let flow sometimes.”
“Fine To Me” is Trey’s second release of 2023, following up his single, “Drunk,” from earlier this year. Its lyrics include themes of partying, love, and how they can intertwine, with the expressed goal of getting you up on your feet.
“The dancing after the song was made also had a big influence on the strategy of how I wanted to promote the song, because what made me love this song more than anything was the sight of people I didn’t know dancing to it and having a good time,” Trey said. “I was just glad that a song I made had that effect on people and that I could be a part of their good time.”
This is the beginning of what Trey intends to make a long career in music. The artist began his musical journey in 2018, taking major influences from XXXTENTACION, J.I.D., 6lack, The Tragically Hip, Bob Dylan, and Billy Idol, among others.
His story in music goes back to even before his birth, though. Trey’s parents met in 1994 at a Grateful Dead show in Vermont. Eight years later, they had their son and named him after the Phish guitarist, Trey Anastasio. Everything that brought Trey into this world pointed him toward one thing.
“It is no stretch to say that I was born to make music,” Trey explains in his Spotify artist bio. “I would go as far as to say that I believe I live only for the sole purpose of creating it. Music surges through my veins, entangles my mind, destroys, dissects, and dismantles my soul. Yet, it is my truest love.”
To learn more about the track or Trey Joshua, you can find the artist on social media @treyonwords and listen to “Fine To Me”