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After speaking with reggae-folk-rock artist Trevor Hall on the phone for 10 minutes, it’s nearly impossible to believe that the soft-spoken musician is only 22 years old.
Hall projects the attitude of a world wise traveler who was granted an inside look into humanity and came out an enlightened man. Whether it’s a tumultuous three-year affair with a major record label that ended up with him getting dumped or the pressures of embarking on one of his first major U.S. headlining tours, Hall maintains the same easy-going, “everything happens for a reason” attitude.
Hall was introduced to many American households with his song “Other Ways,” which appeared on the “Shrek 3” soundtrack. Last year he released a self-titled album on Vanguard Records.
The Denver Daily News caught up with Hall before he kicked off his headlining tour that is winding through the Bluebird Theater this Saturday. The following is an abbreviated version of the interview.
DDN: Are you excited about this tour?
Hall: We’ve only done one big headlining tour in the past. I really don’t know what to expect, I don’t know if a lot of people are going to be there. But it’s exciting, I really don’t know what to expect at all.
DDN: What do you hope to accomplish with your music?
Hall: I do try to create a mood, create an environment that gives people a taste of something different and maybe inspires them to do something good. Or maybe they’re just satisfied with just listening to it and feeling good.
DDN: How does your songwriting process work?
Hall: I’m never like, oh, I’m going to write a reggae song, or right now I’m going to write a rock song. I just try to let the music come through and let it breathe, and if it’s a reggae song, great, and if it’s a rock song, great. I just try to be honest with it and let the music take control, you know, and let it do what it does.
DDN: But there does seem like there’s some sonic consistency in your songsÉ
Hall: I do listen to lots of reggae and world music, folk music; when I sit down, that music is in my subconscious. So consciously or unconsciously, it’s going to come through when I sit down to write a song. So all my inspirations are present there, but I never plan it out. My whole goal is to not think too much.
DDN: What did your time on Geffen Records teach you?
Hall: It taught me a lot. I was on the label for three years, recorded two records, and nothing came out. It was a really big label and I had to talk with a lot of people to get things done. It was just too big. At first, I thought, oh I’ve signed with this huge label; it’s going to be amazing. You know, I learned that’s not always the case.
DDN: How has it been on the smaller label?
Hall: It’s more intimate, and I think intimacy is what’s important, whether you’re big or small. I don’t regret (my time with Geffen) because I would never have learned the things I did. It was a hard process but it was good to go through.