Trem – member of Lyrical Commission
BORN AND RAISED IN INNER WEST SYDNEY TILL THE AGE OF 13 BEFORE RE-LOCATING SOUTH TO THE BOON-DOCKS OF G-TOWN, AN HOUR SOUTH WEST OF MELBOURNE, TREM, LIKE MOST IN HIS AGE BRACKET AND ON THIS PART OF THE PLANET, GAINED HIS FIRST LOOK AT HIP HOP THROUGH MOVIES SUCH AS BEAT STREET AND BOOKS LIKE SUBWAY ART IN THE EARLY EIGHTIES.
Instantly falling in love with the phenomenon he dabbled in floor moves before turning his hand to graff. As a member of the Australian leg of a worldwide graffiti crew ‘Run For Kover’(originating in the U.K), Trem managed to cause his fair share of damage before making the slow transition from paint to microphones. Rhyming over ‘pause tapes’ in and around 1989, inspired by not only his favorite U.S artists, but also local talent such as the A.K.A Brothers, Trem had built a repertoire of battle raps and was showcasing them live and on recordings by 1990. After hooking up with Dj Frenzie, he and Raise (R.F.K co-founder and his rhyming partner at the time) went from strength to strength, showcasing their skills across Melbourne, at shows and on live-to-air radio.
With Raise leaving the country, Trem emerged as a solo M.C, and after hooking up with DJ Idem, initial plans were put in place for the recording and release of his first official-a six track tape in 1992. Unfortunately the tape was never completed and the one finished track ‘Arrest My Brain’ never saw the light of day. Although continuing to build ‘n’ develop skills and still regularly appearing live at shows and on radio throughout the mid nineties, it wasn’t until Trem formed an alliance with Prowla and Jase of the Nuff Said Crew, that recording would eventually begin on his first actual solo release. Sheer Talent, released on Unkut Recordings, an independent label formed by Trem and Rob Ettelson (Unkut.com fame), was a limited edition, four tracks, plus instrumentals 12” that certainly showcased Trem’s lyrical ability, atop slow, bass-line heavy bangers. Closely followed by his highly sort after second 12” Amateurs, that delivered more of the same.
It was during this time that Trem and his team devised the ‘super-group’ Lyrical Commission, equipped with an arsenal of raps, they tore apart mic’s and stages across Australia, and have since gone on to become one of the most reputable underground Hip Hop acts to emerge from the continent. With two incredible landmark releases under their belt and some awe inspiring collaborations with the likes of Ex Arsonist front-man and Uncle Howie recording artist Q-Unique as well as The Grand Daddy Grenade himself- Celph Titled (Demigodz/AOTP fam) the crew solidified its rep not only on these shores but also garnering acclaim in certain pockets across the globe. Not content with making his mark as top M.C, since 2001 Trem also extended himself to the beat making game in a major way.
After cutting his teeth as a co-producer/engineer on all of his earlier solo work, and being entirely responsible for the beats behind both L.C classics “The Stage Is Set” and “Murderous Metaphors” as well as 4/5 of Brad Struts sophomore offering “Legend:Official”, It aint hard to tell he’s gone on to become as equally prevalent behind the boards as he is in the booth. His production has also begun to emerge on artists projects not tied to his label, giving that raw boom bap L.C flavor to varying emcees and their projects.
His eagerly anticipated full length “For The Term Of His Natural Life” eventually dropped in 2011 to overwhelming anticipation and from all reports met and in many cases surpassed what was an almost unachievable expectation for a rap release.
Trem one: For The Term Of His Natural Life INSTRUMENTALS LP (Unkut Recordings 2015)
Kings Konekted: Corrupted Citizens CD/ITunes/LP/Tape (Unkut Recordings 2015)
Trem One: For The Term Of His Natural Life CD/ITunes/LP/Tape (Unkut Recordings 2011)
Trem One: Omega Man CD (Unkut Recordings 2010)
Various: Unkut.com Counterstrike Mixtape (Unkut Productions 2010)
Kings Konekted: Trails To The Underlair CD (Class A Records 2009)
Kid Selzy: The Creepshow CD (Frank Castle Entertainment 2009)
Fluent Form: Chapters Of Substance CD (Crate Cartel 2008)
Brad Strut: Legend Official LP (Unkut Recordings 2007)
Brad Strut: Legendary… The Official Mixtape (Unkut/Peruvian 2006)
Celph Titled: The Gatalog: Collection of Chaos CD (Endless Recordings 2006)
Delta: The Lostralian LP (Nuffsaid/ KBoro 2006)
Lyrical Commission: Murderous Metaphors EP (Unkut Recordings 2005)
Terntable Jediz: All Out War LP (Unkut/Blue Corner 2004)
Various: Straight from The Art 2 Compilation LP (Empirical/Warner 2004)
Various: 15 OZ Vinyl Compilation CD (Crookneck/Stomp 2004)
JRed: Streets Ahead Mix CD (Crookneck 2003)
Lyrical Commission: The Stage Is Set Instrumental LP (Unkut Recordings 2003)
Lyrical Commission: The Stage Is Set LP (Unkut Recordings 2002)
Various: Obesity Compilation (Obese Records 2002)
Various: Trojan Warrior Soundtrack (Mushroom 2002)
Various: Beats From The Vaults 2 (Nuffsaid 2001)
Prowla: Lonewolf LP (Nuffsaid Records 2001)
Brad Strut: Authentic LP (Obese Records 2001)
Various: Culture Of Kings Vol.1 (Obese Records 2000)
Various: Tha Formula PBS FM Vol.1 (Wild Child Productions 1999)
Trem: Amateurs 12” (Unkut Recordings 1999)
Trem: Sheer Talent 12” (Unkut Recordings 1998)
Raise: The Essence (Tape Only Release 1996)
Trem – ‘I Can See Clearly Now’
One of the best ‘slick rick-esque’ story style tracks from Australia, if not the best. The moody jazzy/bluesy break captures the feel of the Melbourne scene for me perfectly in that era and Trem goes to work as well has he has consistently for wayyyy over 20 years. – Funkoars
Melbourne wordsmith Trem is widely regarded as a true master of the craft; his credentials stretch further than pretty much anyone in the game. Each verse is technically flawless and riddled with cryptic gems that force you to press rewind and attempt to break down. One criteria when considering the GOATs has to be consistency, and since he dropped his first Sheer Talent 12” in ’98 to the recent For The Term Of His Natural Life, Trem hasn’t dropped a single set, every 16 bar block has been executed with surgical precision.Not to mention his efforts on The Stage Is Set by Lyrical Commission, an all time classic release by one of Australia’s most reputable rap crews. Trem pairs personal experience and street knowledge with vivid story telling; each verse is strategically planned and considered, like a well-organised shelf in an extensive record collection.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSw-xOJY5V8
Featured on The Formula released in 1999 on Wild Child Productions - cassette only.