Latrez McClam (Trezdaengineer)

How did you get started? Tell us everything!

My name is Latrez McClam (Trezdaengineer). I got started in music in 2015 after attending Full Sail University from 2012. After graduating, I went back home Florence, South Carolina for a few months and was trying to figure out how I was going to make the move to Atlanta because I knew that's where the music scene was huge. While at home, I researched several studios in Atlanta and got called for a few interviews. I would make the trip to Atlanta for an interview and drive back home, which is a 4.5 hour drive.

After that didn't work, I decided to just move to Atlanta first so I found some roommates on and rented out a room. After about 2 months, I applied to Patchwerk and got a call back 10 mins later. So, that's pretty much how I landed an Internship and got started. I worked my way up to a Staff Engineer position and constantly worked on my sound until I got pretty good at it. In 2018, I recorded over 600 songs. I love creating music because of how powerful a song can be. It really can change your energy when you wake up in the morning. I also love the process of starting from scratch and seeing it come to life.

What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?

Full Sail University recording arts degree. School teaches you the basics and, of course, you get the real training once you start working with real clients and getting hands-on experience. Youtube is great to learn a few tips but the secrets you get from being in the room from veteran engineers are unmatched.

What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?

The biggest record I've worked on has been Lil Duval - Best Life (Smile). My list of credits includes Young Dolph, YFN Lucci, Blocboy JB, Jacquees, Chance the Rapper, Derez Deshon, Rod Wave, and more.

Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?

Allen Iverson was a big factor in seeing someone bring culture to the NBA. Jay-Z was always elevating and teaching in his raps. My playlist right now is Lil Durk, Meek Mill, Lil Baby, Pharrell, and Jay-Z.

What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?

The biggest obstacles I've faced as an engineer is getting your business in order, getting clients, and maintaining clients as you continue to elevate through your career. The main thing for engineers coming out of school is understanding that even if they land a studio gig, they are self-employed contractors. Working with a lot of studios I've noticed that they don't communicate that to new interns and once interns move up, the relationship between them and the studio is not discussed. New engineers need to understand the business and operate it as a business to be successful.

How would you describe your sound and style?

I always try to give off the sound from what the artist and music are giving me. For example, if it is sad and dark, I will give a more spacey sound to give more feelings along with eerie delays.

What are some of your goals this year?

My goal this year is to fully transition to only mixing.

Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?

J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Future.

What is your creative process like?

I don't have a process of creating I just do it.

What’s your favorite go-to order? (food-wise)

Chick-Fil-A 4 Count chicken strip with the chick-fil-A sauce.