by Chris Delente
If you haven’t heard of Kid Travis yet, you are missing out. He’s also a neighboring member of the DMV as he hails from Bristol, PA, which is a bit North of Philadelphia. He started out making music in 2013, and has had some serious growth in the past few years. He has become something of a YouTube sensation by making covers of famous artists tracks, and even got Post Malone to call him a “Gangster.” Lately he’s been focusing on creating his own original tracks, that have been gaining even more traction. We got the opportunity to interview him, which you can check out below while listening to one of his newest tracks, “WON’T LET ME GO” (there is a special treat at the end as well).
What first got you into music?
A: Music has been around me all of my life. Everyone in my family either sings or plays an instrument, so it was only a matter of time.
How did you first start developing your career?
A: I started taking my social media/digital presence serious in 2013 and I started working on the brand Kid Travis
What is the most challenging of your creative process?
A: Making the titles, and artwork!
You seem to be pretty comfortable in multiple genres, but what’s your favorite to work in? Is it the same as your favorite to listen too?
A: Making pop/ indie rock, songs are so fun personally. Same goes for listening.
Who would you most like to collaborate with/what music artist do you most admire?
A: I would love to collaborate with so many people. It would be impossible to name them all, it ranges from Jon Bellion, Gorrilaz, Justin Timberlake, to Lana Del Rey
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment in your career so far?
A: I was shouted out by post Malone on an interview by Kerwin Frost, and my song, “Strawberry Skies” hit 1 million streams on Spotify last year, and is currently standing at 7.4 Million
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: In high shool my teacher told me “You can’t be lazy in this industry,” and it has stuck with me since.
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
A: I’d probably want to pursue another form of art to be honest.
What’s your favorite song you’ve ever written? What inspired you to write that song?
A: My favorite song that I’ve written is probably “Stay”. I was watching Stranger Things and watching how the kids interact with each other and got inspired to make a song as if I was their age.
Do you sing in the shower? If so what songs?
A: I actually haven’t in a while! Ahaha! If I had to it would probably be some Bruno Mars.
What’s next for you?
A: I’m really really excited to find out what the future holds. I hope to break more of our milestones and goals each month as we progress through our releases!
Chris Delente is a freelance writer, audio engineer/producer, and overall music obsessor who has lived in the Washington D.C. area since birth. He is also a huge Washington Redskins fan, and an equally enthusiastic supporter of all D.C. sports.
Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 7:00 PM EDT
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