The name Chuck Treece often arrives with a prelude – legendary, prolific, influential – to name a few. Everyone deserves an esteemed title but what’s most important to Treece is having music as his main inspiration in life and becoming the person he set out to become.
At first it was all about being a drummer at age 6. But between growing into adolescence, visits to his mom’s in West Philly and trips to the Cherry Hill Skate Park his vision turned to skate ramps and asphalt. When a 13-year-old Treece discovered the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and Minor Threat it became all about the music, and the skateboarding, and the skateboarding music.
There was certainly a way to be a skater and a musician and, by 1982, Treece claimed the town of Philly to do just that. Thanks to Stacy Peralta (of Dogtown and Z Boys fame) he became sponsored, and within the year formed the punk rock band McRad with fellow skater Zeke Zagar. With McRad and Peralta came skate rock and skate videos such as Public Domain, Ban This, and Propaganda. In the years to follow Treece turned pro, allowing his