Plugged In With Trevor Daniel: An Astonishing Artist Blurring Lines
Trevor, thanks so much for doing this interview with us. Big fans of yours!
Let us get started with a few quick questions to let the people know who you are.
How would you describe your personality in three words?
Ambition. Confidence. Optimism. Not saying that all comes natural to me, but it’s something I’ve practiced so that it would become second nature.
What music are you listening to most right now?
I’ve been listening to a lot of sick producers; trying to learn how to learn how I can get better on the production end of things in my music. But other than that, anything I can get my ears on that has a great melody.
What is your favorite thing to do when not making music?
I love watching tutorial videos on mixing and producing. Reading books. Most of the books are entrepreneurial books, or some sort of self improvement books. The Gym, etc. But I feel like I’m always doing things just to tie them back in to music. I’m actually obsessed, but I love it lol.
When growing up, was your childhood filled with music and what originally drew you to begin creating?
Yeah, My Mom would always play 70’s/80’s/90’s music of pretty much every genre known to man and she sang as well. I played drums and I ended up getting this drum pad, started rapping, singing and dying my hair blue in the summertime dressing like N SYNC and Backstreet. I found this “Techno Mix CD” in my Dads CD player which was a game changer for me. I’d also watch MTV videos after school and that played a big part in the music I liked.
Coming out of Texas, how has this shaped the music that you make?
I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for Texas. The experiences and memories I have here, the friends, the bad, the good, all of it has shaped the music I make.
A very broad question, but what is the creative process like for you when creating a song?
There’s not a consistent creative process for me. Sometimes I’ll be in the car and have a melody and words come to mind and I record it in Voice Notes to remember it for when I get back in. Sometimes I go in to things not having a single idea of what I’m going to do. When that happens I’ll usually play around on the keys a bit until something sparks an Idea, or an emotion and I’ll dive into that feeling as much as I can mentally. That’s why I read a lot of positive stuff so I don’t get stuck in negative head spaces. Sometimes I’ll have a dream and I’ll do this weird half awake thing where I’ll type everything I remember in my notes and the turn it in to a song. Sometimes I think about something that happened to a friend, or someone I’d see going through something and I’d write about it. And sometimes It’s directly from experience. I don’t mean to sound corny or pretentious but the creative process is legitimately all around us in life but sometimes you’re in public and not in the studio; in which case you have to run to a corner and hum in to your phone mic.
You do not seem to work with many other artists in your songs. Do you just prefer to work alone or have you not found the proper partners yet?
I prefer working alone; however, I’m not opposed to working with other people. The thing about that is though, when I’m in the mood to work with you, I’m in the mood to work with you right then and there. Unless it’s someone who I’ve always wanted to make something with. But Working alone is great.
As we have been following your music for a little under two years now, we have seen you grow a lot. Was there a certain moment for you where you felt like your career really changed or have you just been grinding hard and now people are noticing?
I’ve been doing music for a bit now. But when I got a good team around me and stopped overthinking everything. That’s when everything started changing.
As of late, we have seen a lot more music released from you, this new song “Drive” included. What has spiked this recent influx of music after almost a year of little releases?
The time was right.
Can you talk about this new single “Drive” and how it all came together?
I had a girl singing it in my mind when I wrote it. But I started liking it, and decided to keep it. But it’s about going all out for something you want without letting anyone stop you.
You seem to be pretty quiet and keep to yourself on social media. Is this a personal choice or are you just naturally a more reserved person?
I want to get better at this. But I’m a bit more reserved until we become close friends.
Moving forward in your career, where do you see yourself in a years time?
I’d like to be significantly more known.
Are there any current projects you are working on that you would be willing to let us in on?
I want to make an album to really let people hear the sound I’m hearing in my head as something full and complete, coherent.
Would you have any advice to give to the people who are inspired by you?
There’s alot, but these have been some of the most valuable for me. Don’t make excuses. Be self aware enough to know when you need to get better & make those adjustments. Get better friends, people who have goals and are working towards them. Don’t listen to people who try to bring you down. Take the losses and learn.
Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers?
Thank you all for helping me get this far!