Published on December 25th, 2016 | by Jerry Doby


Five Questions With Triune of The Combine

When one of the best emcees hooks up with one of the finest vocalists in Los Angeles you get…The Combine! Triune (@iTriune) & E.Q. (@iamEdotQ) have done just that and their music flows together perfectly.

The two long time friends are releasing a new album entitled “The Combine”. The first single from the album, Forever was featured in a web series called Football For Life on USA Football’s YouTube Channel and the second single, Dime City has been featured on CBS Sports TV show “The Making Of A Pro” as the theme song. In fact, the album has songs encompassing a winning sports theme to them, coupled with top quality production, Triune’s lyrics amaze while E.Q. puts his sharp vocals on top.

Tell us about your current project The Combine with your crony EQ!

[The Combine] The Combine is a collective of two solo artists, E.Q and Triune that came together to make a sports themed album. This album is like a soundtrack for your athlete. As well, we used “The Combine” and all of the sports references as metaphors for where we are in our career.

Do you feel your current project is the best introduction to you as an artist?          

[The Combine] As a collective, absolutely. We worked extremely hard on this body of work and we are extremely proud of it. Now the goal is to get as many ears and eyes on it as we can.

What is the music landscape in your neck of the woods?

[The Combine] In Los Angeles, where both E.Q and Triune reside, the landscape is very diverse. You have everything out here. From Hip Hop, RnB, EDM, Rock, etc…so it makes it fun to involve yourself with other genres and make great collaborations. A good example of that would be our EDM Remix of Forever on the album. We collaborated with an up and coming EDM producer and DJ Stash Konig and thus far, we’re hearing that that record is a fan favorite on the album

What’s on your horizon for 2017?

[The Combine] For 2017, it’s about touring, events, press, and doing everything humanly possible to spread the word about The Combine

The Hype Magazine wants to know: What’s been your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?! Or “WTF?!” moment thus far in your career?

The craziest thing I’ve ever experienced was having two women somehow get into my hotel room after a show in Miami, FL only to scare the sh*t out of me hopping out of the closet to surprise me. People can be very crafty and resourceful when they are trying to achieve something. Lol

About Triune

Triune inked his first record deal with Antagonist/Image Records in 2004, and was the lead artist for the group “Live This” that went on to sell 30,000 albums. He was also featured on KRS-One’s “Life” album in 2007 that sold 65,000 albums. In 2008, Triune’s lead single “Unintended Consequences” for an experimental album entitled “Legion of Doom vs. Triune’ was picked up and featured as the lead single off of the soundtrack for the film “Pathology” which starred Alyssa Milano. He made numerous appearances on “The Wake Up Show”, “Sway in the Morning”, radio drops in regular rotation on 95.5 KDAY & 99.1 KGGI, a victory on BET’s “Freestyle Friday”, releasing many mixtapes, and touring the world with legendary artists such as KRS-One, De La Soul and Talib Kweli.

About E.Q.

Forrest “E.Q.” West was born with a passion for music and showed dedication to it at an early age. His mother, Grammy award winner Deniece Williams, had major influence in his life without having to do much of anything. At the age of 8 he went and saw his mom perform in London and at that moment, when he saw the crowd he realized music was what he wanted to do with his life. It was in his blood. He got involved in school and church choir as well as writing his own music. At the age of 14, E.Q. started his own Pop/R&B music group, Keyz2poetry. The group was together for 2 years before they decided to part ways. E.Q. was far from done with music. He attended the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA and learned the history of music, how to read/write music and how to perfect the music that rekindled his love for making it. He had grown up and found a more mature, raw way of delivering his vocal singing and rapping. E.Q. known for his love for R&B, he has incorporated Pop and a splash of Hip-Hop to create music that is original to say the least. He has now made Keyz2poetry a production company.

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