Rated Next | Travis M.

Independent Recording Artist
Co-Founder of Soular Sounds
Houston, Tx

How did you start making music?
I had been writing songs off and on since the 4th grade, but I didn’t decide to pursue until 2009, when a friend of mine, who had his on band, asked a group of us if we wanted to form a rap group. That rap group was short lived, but my friend did enough by showing me that an entertainment career was possible for me. I have not looked backed since.

Where are you from?
I was born in Houston, Tx, did some moving around growing up but my middle school and high school years were spent in Houston before going away to Grambling, Louisiana for college.

Growing up who did you listen to?
I grew up listening to Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, and Common. I still listen to Eminem Lupe Nas and Common.

What inspires your music?
I am inspired by my surroundings, my life as a whole. I try to use personal experiences to reach listeners to help them through their trying times, like music did for me growing up.

What’s the biggest city you’ve been to?
Well growing up in Houston, I am not a stranger to the big city, but I have also gotten to enjoy cities like Los Angeles, and Miami.

What’s your favorite city to visit?
My favorite CITIES to visit are the cities of Southern California, from the OC, to LA. I definitely enjoy the beach cities as well, the weather, the beautiful people I know and the ones I meet always greet me like it’s my second home.

What are your most popular songs? What do you like about them?
My most popular songs are Meanwhile, and Neo. I always liked the intro track Meanwhile because I felt like it was a good, personal, opener to the album but I gained even more appreciation for it after it started getting more plays because that told me “People want to hear you, for you.” I like Neo because partially because its so fun to perform live, but I created the track to be simple but also to be a powerful motivating chant for anyone who sings along.

What inspired the “Zodiac Killer” Music Video?
The song Zodiac Killer itself was about me coming to terms with the cycle of life when I wrote it. In the midst of creating the music video, I wanted to thank my biggest supporters by allowing them a cameo in the video, but before the video’s completion my grandma died, so it took on a whole new meaning. I released it on her birthday to do something for my family.

Tell us the motivation behind your next release.
With my last project, “Meanwhile”, being motivated by circumstances and thoughts that came from a dark place in which I ultimately decided persevere through. My next project is greatly motivated by my spirit. I definitely do my best to grow in spirit daily, and I since I am in a different place in life, my music must come from a different place as well. “Meanwhile”, was something I did for myself to get through hard times, “Manifest” will be something I do for the people.

What else can we expect from you in the near future?
More shows, more collaborations with members of @SoularSounds, and a biweekly vlog for more insight into all of my vocations, because it is deeper than rap!

Where can we find your music?
Visit www.TravisMjustM.com

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