Artist and songwriter Trey Hatcher grew up in Amarillo, Texas, and later moved to Vernal, Utah, in what would be the first of many relocations for the young musician. From early on, his friendships were among what he would call the ‘punk rock rejects’, and from a very young age this close affinity to the culture was strengthened by a heartbreaking series of events.
Having lost a friend to suicide during his school years, the journey through life was set to be one of struggle and the climb to overcome hardship. Death seemed to follow Trey through life, seeing him lose countless friends and family members to suicide and drug abuse. From poverty through death, drugs and homelessness, Trey’s understanding of and connection to punk rock culture runs deep. His pain emerges in his music, often through humour – always through truthfulness and passion.
Back in the day, Trey’s first band was a high octane punk-rock outfit called The Delinquents – they were young, angry, and loud. Following this, and a relocation – first to Salt Lake City, later to San Francisco – two other bands became the backbone of his musical outlet; Skeptic Void and Baysic Wonder. Both bands built a strong following on the local scene, but ultimately creative differences caused them to split up.
Trey then took the solo road, spending a year in L.A before settling down in Hawaii to start a family – he now resides there, running a coffee and avocado farm with his partner Amanda. During this musical hiatus, however, the artistic drive has grown and evolved to unstoppable levels, and now – his inherent adoration of music manifests itself as some of his most creative releases to date.
Trey’s first album Nice Fish brought together years of experience as a musician and performer, as well as encapsulating a huge section of his life’s events – the album title itself, and the artwork, are from the very last texts Trey shared with his father before he died tragically in a car wreck.
Trey’s latest project, The Ghost Of My Father, is an album that digs even deeper into the artist’s historical context, seeing him march through crowds of demons with high energy and an unwavering love for the art-form.
While the world continues to spin, and time is fleeting and often filled with all that keeps us busy, Trey’s passion for music is as strong as ever, and you can hear this in every single recording. His family and his music are the key building blocks that make up his world, and for these reasons – in an ocean of squeaky clean, recycled pop – you can always count on Trey Wonder for authenticity and realness.