Interview with Tristan Kerr (@ch3shire)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

Music was always in my household. I remember waking up every morning and my father would be playing old Bob Marley songs while washing his car, it was always present throughout my life. My first exposure to producing was after my first music festival here in Toronto when I was 18 called TD Echo Beach, DVBBS was headlining. There was something about the energy in the crowd, looking up at the DJ booth and I knew that it was what I wanted to be doing. Music was connecting everyone there in a way I’ve never experienced before and it changed my life overnight.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

Over my first year producing I remember getting maybe 10 streams every week, and then I woke up one night and Martin Garrix had shared my song on one of his pages and blew up my Spotify overnight. I went from 13 monthly listeners to 40,000 in less than a week, everyone all of a sudden started taking me seriously and wondering when I was going to be releasing new projects.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Stay true to your own sound. Everyone copies someone when they first start out, and that’s not a horrible thing to be inspired, just make sure you develop your own sound over time. Come into who you want to be, how you want to be seen, how you want people to hear from you, and what you want them to hear once their attention is on you. You can never burn out staying true to yourself, only you can be you.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

Rezz. I’m unsure if she even remembers but she shared my song “Abduction” over a year ago when it was only at around 57 streams after we shared a conversation at her Deadbeatz Echo Beach performance in 2017 I believe, but It’s my most popular song now standing over 500,000 streams on Spotify alone. She gave my music light and I ran with it, I owe her for sure and hope to have a conversation with her one day.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Sharing my music and performing in my home city of Toronto. I will always have a soft spot for Toronto but I hope to be able to share my music with as many ears that will listen. When people come up to be after one of my shows and tell me that my set helped them through a rough time or that they had one of the greatest nights while listening to my music, that’s the reason I do what I do. Music is for the people and I will always keep it that way.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

I wouldn’t say there is a specific life lesson quote that I stand by but I remember after the Rezz show I was lucky enough to have a conversation with her before she got swarmed with fans, she actually listened to one of my songs and told me that I should never be afraid to be weird, I should never be afraid to be out there. It put me in the mindset that I wanted my songs to always be able to stand out in a mix and not blend in with any other. Even if someone thought my song was out there, I wanted them to always feel to need to pause a mix and go back to re-listen to a song I made because they’ve never heard something like it before.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

I am mainly active on Instagram @ch3hire, though I also have a Twiter @TristanKerr as well as a Facebook page @Ch3shireMusic.

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