IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?
TRAVIS MICHAEL: Pensacola, Florida
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
TRAVIS MICHAEL: Hip-hop, more of a conscious style, with a variable feel.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
TRAVIS MICHAEL: I honestly feel that the type of Hip-Hop I grew up listening to is nothing more than records and artists that were once pioneers, now collecting dust. I want to represent my city and help influence the future of Hip- Hop towards a more promising path.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
TRAVIS MICHAEL: My songs are honestly a little bit of everywhere. I mean don’t get me wrong, all of it’s music that tells my story, but my songs are also about the issues I’ve faced, adversity, and where I want to be in my life.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
TRAVIS MICHAEL: My style derives from a lot of different artists, but most notably, Nas, Jay-Z, J- Cole, and Drake to name a few.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
TRAVIS MICHAEL: I would honestly have no one way to explain my music to people. I mean, I do whatever helps me stay true to myself.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
TRAVIS MICHAEL: I would have to tag that somewhere between me making my own beats, and my versatility in the types of tracks I do.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in your music career and how did you overcome?
TRAVIS MICHAEL: One of the hardest challenges I’ve had to face in my music career is the constant comparisons to who’s out right now. As well as currently serving in the Army, so I have diminished time to do what I need to. It’s up to my fans on the first one, but as far as the second one, I have found a way to make my dream come closer.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
TRAVIS MICHAEL: I’m currently finishing up my mixtape titled No Changes, due to release on April 18th, as well as finishing up an album promo for review by Atlantic Records A&R.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
TRAVIS MICHAEL: My career goals? Honestly I want to revive that voice that the people used to have to speak with. I want to work with my Idols, J-Cole, Drake and Kendrick Lamar, have at least one feature by each one of them before I finish. Where I see myself in 10 years? I still want to be making great music for my fans and family and becoming one of the pioneers for the new generation.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
TRAVIS MICHAEL: My fans and future fans as well as anyone with influence and a good ear for music can find me at: https://www.reverbnation.com/travismichael5 as well as Spotify, Apple Music, Iheart Radio, Tidal, and Pandora, Just go to those sites and search Travis Michael.
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