By Kim Bui
Published: Thursday, February 18, 2010
Updated: Saturday, February 20, 2010
The Pace Press caught up with Trevor Hall while on his way to Kansas
for his next show to talk to him about his music, Bob Marley and even
The Pace Press (TPP): Your sound is very unique, can you describe
Trevor Hall (TH): There are so many influences, but it’s like
acoustic, a little reggae, reggae-rock, a little bit [of a] hip-hop
influence but it’s an organic sound and we kind of draw from
all areas of music.
TPP: Your voice is pretty unique, are people ever shocked at the
intensity of your voice and how deep it is?
TH: People usually go “oh, that voice coming out of somebody
so young!” It’s kind of like an old man voice or something,
but it’s how I’ve always sounded since I was a kid and
it’s just what comes out.
TPP: You’ve been writing music and performing for quite a while,
do you think you’ve learned more than usually a person of your
age does in the music industry? TH: Well I don’t know if I can
compare what I’ve learned to other people, but I think as far
as my own experience goes, I’ve definitely learned a lot very
quickly. From starting very young and being on a big label for a while,
and then being dropped from that label, and then being picked by another
label, in a very short time in my teen years, so I think I’ve
learned a lot very quickly and think it has helped me [get to] where
I am today.
TPP: Do you have a favorite song off of your new album?
TH: It’s hard to pick one, but I really enjoy “My Baba.”
It’s one of my favorites; it gives me a good feeling. It’s
also a song giving thanks for everything.
TPP: What was your inspiration for “Unity?” And how was
it working with Matisyahu?
TH: Matis is a good friend of mine, we’ve toured a lot together.
He’s been like a big brother to me. We have a good relationship
and he’s a really humble guy, a beautiful man and very creative
and open so it was such a pleasure to work with him. “Unity”
kind of came out of a rough time because we were on tour together,
and it was during the times of the shootings in Mumbai, India, and
he knew of some people that had passed away. So we got this news while
we were on tour and we talked about the issue and meditated on the
issue and the song kind of came out of that experience. We took something
negative and tried to make something beautiful.
TPP: Besides music, do you do any other forms of art?
TH: I try [chuckles]. I like to paint a little bit and draw, but it’s
only for my own eyes to see. It’s not he greatest, but I think
it’s good to find outlets which to release creativity because
it could help get that juice flowing, that energy flowing of your
own craft….it’s good to just explore all regions to keep
those vibes flowing, that creative force moving through.
TPP: Bob Marley or Bjork?
TH: I would choose Mr. Marley. He was a huge influence, still is a
huge influence. If I could bring one person back from the past and
see live it’d definitely be Marley, but Bjork is very close
TPP: Do you believe in Karma? And what are your opinions on it?
TH: I most definitely believe in karma. I think that we reap what
we sow, and I believe that if somebody does good, good will come to
them. I also believe karma is being controlled by a higher power,
so anything good or bad that comes to us is a result of past actions,
past karma, but also I believe the all mighty will give everyone or
give that person whatever they need at the appropriate time to grow
TPP: What would you be if you weren’t a musician?
TH: If I weren’t a musician, my life would be very boring. I
don’t know, I can’t imagine my life without music because
music is everything to me. It’s my job, my outlet, my spiritual
connection; it’s what I love to do. If I wasn’t [sic]
doing it for some reason I would be in some form of art or some kind
of service. But music is very dear to me.
TPP: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?
TH: Play out as much as possible. Play live as much as you can. I
can only speak from experience… but even though I was young
I went on tour, I played wherever: in a coffee shop, for my parent’s
friends or my friends or in a big place because playing live helps
you not be afraid to share your feelings and not be afraid to share
stuff with other people. It teaches you a lot…it’s just
a great teacher and a wonderful way to get your music out there. My
best advice is to just play live as much as possible.