By TheJust, Ellenton, FL
I was first introduced
to the musician, Trevor Hall, about six months ago. My sister and
her best friend had just found out that he and another of their favorite
singers, Matisyahu, would be touring together. They preordered tickets
to their concert in Orlando, and every few days a new status update
would reveal "days left until the Trevor Hall concert!"
I had never heard his music
until one day when my sister was driving me somewhere. I'm always
used to listening to a wide array of musical genres when I'm in the
car with her; everything from bluegrass to hip-hop. This particular
day, she was listening to a song which featured a guitar and a man
singing about a lime tree. I instantly fell in love with it, but didn't
realize that this was the Trevor Hall I had heard so much about.
Once I discovered who it was, I decided to e-mail his manager and
ask if we could set up an interview.
It's spent four months
in the works (as we had to work it in around his busy schedule), but
it's finally here! I hope you enjoy as much as I have.
Rachel: How did you first
become interested in music?
Trevor Hall: I first became interested in music through my dad. He
had a big record collection and I remember as young boy, I would pick
out records from his collection and play all types of music.
RH: How do you feel attending an arts school benefited your career?
TH: I think attending Idyllwild benefited my career because it was
an international school so I was able to meet people from all over
the world and learn how people from different cultures express themselves.
I was introduced to a lot of different flavors and ways of doing things.
It provided a lot of inspiration.
RH: Do you think that anyone hoping to enter the music business should
study music in school?
TH: I don’t think it’s necessary. I think the best thing
to do is jump right in and experience it firsthand.
RH: What has been your
favorite song to write and record?
TH: My favorite song to write and record is probably “The Return”
because it is an emotional song and it was nice to let that emotion
out in the writing process. Recording it was also the first time I
brought in a lot of different sounds, background singers, horns and
RH: What is your favorite part of touring?
TH: Meeting so many different types of people all over the country
and getting to know them. It is really rewarding and also fun.
RH: What is your favorite song on the new album?
TH: “Love Wouldn’t Die”
RH: How has your sound changed, or matured, as opposed to your earlier
TH: I think this album is a little more raw emotional and physically
– letting it all out and trying to be more honest.
RH: Tell us about the writing process for of "Dr. Suess."
TH: I wrote “Dr. Seuss” with my producer Jimmy Messer.
We wrote the music first and it was very fun musically so we needed
fun lyrics to go with it. Jimmy had read Dr. Seuss to his kids that
morning so that’s where the idea started...”one fish,
two fish, red fish, blue fish…”
RH: Where was the album art shot?
TH: All the photos on the outside of the package were shot in Los
Angeles, the photos on the inside are from my trip to India.
RH: Who do you count as your influences?
TH: Bob Marley [and] Bjork.
RH: What music are you listening to currently?
TH: I’m really into [the] Drake album – Thank Me Later.
I’ve been listening to the whole young money roster: Drake,
Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne
RH: What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?
TH: Play live as much as possible. Play anywhere and everywhere because
it builds your stage presence and your confidence.