The Local 913: Treble NLS

Pittsburgh MC, Treble NLS got his moniker in kind of a round-about way. The rapper first started out under the name “Trouble.”

“There was a point in my rap life where a lot of my raps were angry and very violent. It [sounded] like all I [wanted] was trouble. I used to have anger issues and literally that’s all I wanted when I got angry, was trouble. I had the foresight [to know that I was] not gonna be like this for the rest of my life. [It was] a phase [I was] going through. I [didn’t] want to have to live up to that angry persona. So how can I make this more neutral? I liked the way “trouble” sounds phonetically, so I’m like ‘Ooooooooh Treble.’”

Treble tacked on “NLS” to differentiate himself from other possible artists with the same name. The NLS stands for a couple different statements, including “Never Lose Sight.” Something that’s striking about Treble’s music is the guitar work against his rhyming. Treble’s history of the guitar started as a teenager when he taught himself by ear. 

I would start off trying to play songs I heard on the radio. I listened to Bob Marley, his music had a lot of guitar. I learned how to play “Redemption Song.” Then I heard this song by The Weeknd called “Rolling Stone” and I’m like ‘Ooooh this sounds intricate! If I learned this, I could do anything.’ It took me a lot of time to learn that. Once I learned that, I learned that it was called “Finger Styling” and I liked finger style and prefer the way it sounds over chords.”

Listen to the full conversation with Treble NLS on The Local 913 Podcast.

More on Treble is at his Soundcloud.

Photo byJermaine Kenney

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