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.