Nicholas Page interview Trilla Trav, a new and upcoming artist originally from Bloomington who is looking to expand his fanbase and build his music career.
NP: When did you start making music and what styles of music do you like to preform the most?
TT: I started playing music when I was 7 years old. My father, who was self-taught, showed me how to play the guitar and right off the bat I was trying my own songs and chords. Shortly after that I found a passion for the drum kit. I always had a decent sense of rhythm growing up but I believe my high work ethic on the kit laid the foundation. I spent my childhood in a home where my father enjoyed 80s/90s rock, my mother listened to 80’s pop and my sister was good at finding underground music of all types. I suppose the ability to connect these different styles of music is what opened my mind up for hip-hop to come into my life. There is something truly special about an artist that just needs a microphone to translate his or her passion and feeling into art.
NP: What was your biggest influence to entering the music industry?
TT: When I started making music I never looked at it like “who’s the man? I gotta be where he’s at!” It was more about how it affected my mood and how my moods affected my habits. As I got older I learned that your habits define you. That’s how I got started; I wanted to positively impact people’s lives like other artist have done for me. Especially when life gets hard. That’s what keeps me motivated.
NP: What is the hardest part about gaining publicity and fans as a new artist?
TT: I’m not naïve, I understand that I have to earn a lot of respect as a white kid from a small town in Indiana, but that’s something that helped me understand that I have to master my craft and work hard at what I do. I’m in no position to expect a person to like me because I like me, that’s not what the true principles of Hip Hop are about. On the surface level it is easy for me to put my music out there and its great to have a convenient way for people to hear me but once you start taking advantage of that, you start to realize how many other people are doing that and how hard it is to push past the first level of music marketing. There’s a lot of saturation. That’s why I strive to make something original every time I touch the keyboard to make a beat, and when I grab the mic and hit the stage.
NP: Have you ever performed live in front of an audience?
TT: Yes, I have a quite a bit of experience preforming live.
NP: What is the biggest venue you have preformed at?
TT: The previous group I was in preformed at the Lafayette Theatre in Lafayette, Indiana. We opened for Tech N9ne in September of 2016, which had a crowd of about 600 people. Although that might have been the biggest crowd my favorite performance was when we opened for Mark Battles. We had developed a pretty strong fan base in the Lafayette area. We added a drummer to the group and not to brag or anything, but we actually had a bigger crowd than Mark Battles. Which is something I’m proud of and will always remember.
NP: What is your vision for yourself in the long term in the music industry?
TT: I don’t think about the long term very much, but I definitely want to create more concept albums, go on tour and build a recording studio by the time I’m 25.
NP: Do you think that is achievable in the near future?
TT: Absolutely, I’ve already been working on an album and we have about 6 1/2 songs done so far. It should be finished next month and set to release shortly after that. As far as the studio goes, I’m in the beginning phases. I’ve been in touch with few promoters that are interested in planning a tour. I think it is totally possible.
NP: Are you currently working on any new projects?
TT: Yes, my friend PJ and I are working on mixing and mastering my first solo album. I’ll be releasing more information soon through social media. The social media sites you can find info on are my website: www.traktrain.com/trillabeats or on trillaaudio for twitter and instagram. I’ve been working on this project for over a year now so I’m really excited about putting this out. It’s my first 100% self produced project. I also have a mixtape and a couple beat tapes to come out before the end of the year.
NP: Awesome, that is some exciting news. Best of luck to you in the future and thank you for taking the time to do this interview.
TT: Yeah no problem. Thanks for interviewing me.