ARTIST NAME: Travis Shaw
SONG TITLE: Wild Mind
ALBUM TITLE: Balance
RELEASE DATE: Friday 19th April
GENRE: Atmospheric Lo-fi Alternative Rock
Atmospheric Alternative Rock from the North East Coast of England…
Travis was surrounded by music from a young age and picked up his first guitar at around 10 years old.
After falling ill in Australia and being homebound for months in 2018, Travis turned his situation into a positive one -Channeling all of his energy into his songwriting.
His debut EP ‘Balance’, released April 19th, 2019, is a product of this time.
Tell us how to refine a demo to a mastered song.
So the song will gradually just take more shape the more I play it.
I write extra little bits to the last second.
I also write in the studio whilst recording it; usually when working with my producer Chad Male.
If I’m listening to the song again I can hear a melody in my head.
For example; when we were recording ‘Moving Parts’ I was listening to the chorus and in my head, I could hear a glockenspiel part.
So we laid it straight down, it’s so simple but I think it adds so much to the chorus. Little things like that make a track I think.
Discuss the processing involved in creating a song.
Usually, I’ll pick up my guitar and just start playing around with chords, then it will develop into a pre-chorus and a chorus, etc., then I will add lyrics.
Sometimes I already have lyrics or poems that I have written and I’ll create the chord structure around that.
It’s slightly different every time really, I don’t have any set rules for writing; they usually just come naturally at the right time.
I don’t try to force songs; I take my time, focus, and create something from a deep space inside me.
Elaborate on the themes of most of your songs.
I guess the themes of a lot of my songs focus around personal struggles/issues that I may be going through at the time or have been through in my life, and the power of working through them and overcoming them.
Also the struggles of people close to me and what they are going through.
I think they also focus on the great appreciation of how lucky I am and where I am.
Tell us your greatest musical works up to date.
My greatest musical works up to date. Well, I’ve only released my debut single ‘Moving Parts.’
So I guess it’s that… I’ve had some amazing feedback from people telling me how much they could connect with the song and how much it moved them.
It is an amazing feeling to see people reaching out and telling you that your music has affected them in that way.
I’m so glad that people can relate to the song and take something positive away from it.
Tell us those behind your music process.
I write all the lyrics to my music and the chord structures. When going into the studio to record with Chad Male (Cape Cub), he will produce and help structure the songs and also lay down some of the instruments on the recordings.
Tell us how you are handling the promotion of your music.
I’m using different social media platforms and also playing shows to get my music heard.
My label Sad For Life Records is also doing lots of stuff behind the scenes to get my music heard by the right people -Which I am super grateful for.
Tell us your future goals and how you aim to accomplish them.
Future goals… So I’m releasing my EP ‘Balance’ on the 19th of April, I’m very excited about this.
We’re pressing a very limited number of Vinyl records, which are going to be handmade and screen printed by myself.
This was a goal I set myself around a year ago. I am constantly writing, and I’m planning on putting an album together over the next year. So that’s something I’m working towards. I also want to play as many shows as possible and hoping to do a UK tour soon.
Tell us what you think has changed in the music industry.
I feel like the music industry is saturated with a lot of crap music right now, I feel like it’s lost its soul a bit.
There’s so much good music out there, you just have to hunt for it. You’re not necessarily going to hear it on the radio.
Tell the greatest mistake to avoid while making a song.
Don’t rush the process.
Tell us how you boost your performance.
I make sure that I’m relaxed and in a good environment and peaceful headspace before going on performing.
Explain the arrangement of the song.
‘Wild Mind’ is the first track and the most chilled-out song on the EP for a reason. I wanted it to be very bare and stripped back and focus on the vocals really. The EP also gradually builds throughout. The last track ‘Only Human’, being very upbeat.
Discuss how the instruments come together for a song.
I’ll usually have an idea of how I want them to be and then lay them down in the studio.
When it comes to the band and live performance I just let the band put their own spin on the songs, which adds a lot to the music and live performance.
State your musical skills.
I play guitar and a little piano. I’ve been playing guitar since I was around 10 years old.
I’ve also been writing since the age of 11.
Tell us if you consider acting in a movie.
Yeah, why not, I actually used to act when I was younger and performed in a few shows.
I’m also a filmmaker and studied film at University so I’m very familiar with the filmmaking process.
I am usually behind the lens though instead of in front of it.
Tell us how you eliminate noise in your recordings.
Making sure the correct equipment is used and in an isolated quiet environment.
List the name of artists you cherish most.
Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Manchester Orchestra, Bon Iver, Pinegrove, Thrice, Phoebe Bridgers, RY X…
Tell us how you get inspiration.
I find inspiration in a lot of different things, places, dreams, people, and encounters.
I feel like it comes quite naturally. Feeling inspired comes when I’m fully present.
Elaborate on the song.
The song is about struggling with something in your life and knowing that everything is temporary and feelings pass.
There’s always a way of changing your situation with the right outlook and mindset.
Elaborate on the title of the EP.
The name of the EP is ‘Balance. I wrote the EP when I was in a really tough place, overcoming an illness, housebound for a couple of months. I channeled all my energy into my writing, finding a balance between my body and mind.