Last summer, I was introduced to rising artist, Trevante. He performed in an ASCAP edition of the ATL Live on the Park showcase series in Atlanta. His soulful crooning left the audience not only in awe, but also in anticipation of his first album release. Imagine my excitement when I learned that his debut LP is slated to be released this March! Even more exciting was being offered a second opportunity to learn more about him.
Recently, I was able to chat with Trevante about his new project, alternate career choices, and who he listens to for inspiration. Check out our conversation and his lead single, “Be Your First,” below. The R&B crossover single, produced by Tank and Song Dynasty, tells the modern day story of Romeo and Juliet with an urban twist.
How old are you?
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Houston, Texas. But now I live in Atlanta.
What's been your greatest accomplishment thus far, in regards to your career?
The greatest accomplishment in my career, so far, was having my video on 106 and Park. Also, I’ve been working with some of the most incredible people out now – Chris Brown, Darkchild, Tank, Rico Love and El DeBarge, who’s one of my favorite artists. I was honored to meet him and see how he works. I learned a lot from him.
What are you working on for 2012?
I’m working on bringing new ideas and new creative styles to music. I just completed my album, I Am Trevante, which will be out later this year. It is a great album, a positive album. And it showcases who I am as an artist.
Describe your musical style.
I would describe it as “jukebox.” I just want to bring different styles of music. When I sing, I don’t think “This is an R&B record” or “This is a pop record.” It’s just about making feel good music. So I call it “jukebox.”
How are you different from other artists in today’s music?
I want my music to last a lifetime. It’s about the passion and the delivery and the emotion of the record. Most artists today are trying to make a radio hit. I want to do timeless music. I’m not so worried about the hit; I’m worried about the music.
What would be your alternate career choice, if you couldn't do music?
I would want to write [songs] because I love to write. I actually wrote a couple of songs on my album.
Fill in the blank: When I’m feeling down, I listen to _____ for inspiration.
If you could re-create one song, which song would it be?
“How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” by Michael Bolton. I’m actually in the process of re-making that song.
Outside of the studio, where could you most likely be found?
You can find me in my room, watching a concert DVD.
Find out more about Trevante at his website: trevante.com
Follow Trevante on Twitter: @Trevanteonem