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Trevor Hall At Electric Forest [Interview]


BY SEAN HERSCH • JULY 12, 2015

Trevor Hall made his Electric Forest Music Festival debut this year where he and his three-piece band brought good vibes. Who is Trevor Hall? He is the type of person that would rather give a stranger a hug than a handshake. I know because that’s what happened before this interview. His musical style is reminiscent of his home on the east coast island of Hilton Head, South Carolina with his singing/songwriting style very focused on the spirituality of the individual in an effort to create a peaceful and loving environment. If you haven’t heard of him, it’s about time to look Trevor Hall up and listen.

The travel-dazed artist was a perfect fit for the energy of Sherwood Forest. His set included a lot of his older stuff, a track or two from his new album Kala, and a Buffalo Springfield cover of For What It’s Worth that gave chills that are still resonating today. Here is Trevor Hall.

Is this your first time in the Forest?

It is, first hour in fact.

Where did you come from?

I don’t know, we came from…where did we come from — we came from the DC area. We are about two and a half weeks into the tour, but we will be going to October.

So is this tour for your new album?

This is for our new album, and it comes out August 21st, it’s called Kala.

So it’s kind of funny, your release prior to this one is called Chapters of the Forest, are you going to be playing a lot of tracks off of that album? Like do you feel it’s thematic for this event?

For sure! Yeah it’s cool, we’re in the forest so we are definitely going to be playing a lot of tunes off of that as well as some old ones. Yeah, bringing the vibe.

Have you seen the forest yet?

No, we literally just got here and sound checked, and came here.

So I was reading that you’re from South Carolina, how do you feel about the confederate flag fiasco?

Well what’s the latest?

Last I heard they were voting as to what they should do with the flag; take it down or leave it up.

Right, recently Wal-Mart just banned it. And someone else banned it. But it’s 2015…it’s like what the fuck, oh good job, took you this long to ban the flag? I grew up a couple of hours from where it happened and it’s just awful. To be honest I’m stunned and speechless from it all.

Do you try and keep your lyrics politically charged?

I don’t know if I try to consciously keep it politically charged, I think I’m more focused on the individual and what’s going on inside of us as a human. Because I feel like when that is righteous, ripe and good, we aren’t going to have the problems that we’re having on the political or world front. So I’m focused on that, but some political things pop up.

Did you grow up in the country of South Carolina?

I grew up on an island. Hilton Head.

How much did that influence the way you write music?

A lot, I mean because it’s like a beach culture, ocean culture, lots of surfing and with that comes a lot of the music that you hear in movies or pop culture with reggae music. That influence definitely helped me find my sound.

What’s the next step: solo or more of the band stuff?

Right now we are on the band vibe and the new album is coming out in August so we are trying to play tunes off of that and spread the message of Kala. Right now we are playing as a trio but I think as the year goes on we might add a few more members.

You said the message of Kala, describe that for me.

Kala means time. Kala is about the womb of time and how I think in the western culture we view time as a thing that has a beginning and an end. It runs out. Especially in the west we are really controlled by time and see how many things we can do in a certain amount of time rather than looking at time as a breath and space and growth and healing and developing patience rather than developing stress. So it has to do with my meditations on that.

Is meditating your spirituality?

There are so many types of meditation. I don’t think meditating is sitting and watching your breath, I think music is meditation, walking is meditation, all these things. So by meditation I mean, what I am thinking about inside and my music has to deal with that. It explains what I’m going through internally.

If people were to stumble upon your music and didn’t know what to expect, what would describe your sound as?

It’s like…well for ten years I’ve been trying to answer this question (laughs). It’s acoustic music but it’s spiritually driven. It has a lot of different eclectic sounds like reggae, folk, and rock. It’s really just a mash up of different things.

*and then he played an amazing set with his power trio at Electric Forest*