Since emerging from San Francisco’s iconic late-90s scene and staking his claim as one of the smoothest skateboarders of his generation, Ray Barbee has established himself as a formidable jazz man, lending his delightful riffage to a laundry list of projects, including surf-film soundtracks and musical collaborations alongside other well-known players such as the Mattson 2 and fellow skater-musician Tommy Guerrero.

Barbee’s career trajectory stalked much of the same territory as Chuck Treece. The first Black skateboarder to be featured on the cover of Thrasher Magazine, Treece also shifted gears, earning as much notoriety for his prowess as a multi-instrumentalist as he had as a skater of singular ability, laying the groundwork for multi-hyphenate artist-skaters like Barbee. From his solo work to guitar gigs and drumming behind icons like Bad Brains’s HR, Treece, like Barbee, has established himself as collaborative force of nature.

On April 15, Barbee and Treece rekindle a long-running musical relationship, opening up for Houston hip-hop standout Fat Tony at Atlantic Beach’s Hotel Palms for a masked-up, socially distanced evening of music. TICKETS.

In anticipation their performance, we lobbed some questions at Barbee and Treece.

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How did you two come to play together? Were you friends before or fans of each other’s music? Any mutual musical interests that solidified the partnership?
Barbee: I’ve always been a fan of Chuck as a skateboarder and musician. When I first started skating my buddy Izz had the Thrasher cover with chuck doing a DP layback [hung up] on his wall. That cover was huge because it showed me that you could be Black and also be a ripping skater. Years later when I got sponsored by Powell Peralta, Chuck’s band McRad ‘s song “Weakness” was used during a segment I was a part of for their film called Public Domain. Back around 2005, I was on the East Coast doing shows in New York with an art collective and we set up a side gig at a skate shop in Philly where Chuck lives. I asked Chuck if he’d jam with me. That was the first time and we’ve been having a blast playing together ever since. So grateful to play with Chuck. He’s a beast.
You both have collaborated with a lot of other musicians. Chuck: What’s unique about playing with Ray? Chuck: same question. 
Treece: Ray is always pushing the limits with music and skate life–that comes through when we are improvising over the loops and bits.
Barbee: I love how playing with Chuck  reminds me of a skateboarding. In a fun skate session you’re encouraging and pushing one another. That’s what’s happening when we play music together, which is no surprise because we come from skateboarding.

What have you been up to during the pandemic? Have you used the time productively? Any quarantine projects due out?
Barbee: I’ve been enjoying the time spent with my family. It’s the first time ever that I’ve been home with no traveling for a whole year. I have a couple Vans projects that I’m excited for people to see. One will come out in November and the other in 2022. 
Treece: I’ve just been making music as much as I can through the COVID times. And Sk8lifr events.
Any spots you’re looking forward to skating while in Jax? 
Treece: Jax Beach Skate Park. Stoked on Team Paine skate parks.
Barbee: I’m just looking forward to cruising around a bit.
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