Trav B Ryan – Nightmare On Elm Street [Interview]

Is Nightmare On Elm Street based on real life experiences?

Yea definitely. I have some ex’s that I never want to see again because they took a toll on my mental health and my heart. Then I also here stories from people I know that went through the same things. So it’s a mixture of my experiences and others around me.

What is your creative process like?

Well I love finding the right beat first. It has to speak to me and tap into an emotion or memory of mine. Once that happens I just let my soul speak through my pen and create from there. I let the rawness come out and I tweak what needs to be tweaked. But I try to keep it as raw as possible.

What first got you into music?

My older sister actually. I used to see her battle guys she knew around the neighborhood and I was so impressed by the way the crowd reacted and the trance music can put people in. She had everyone’s full attention. I loved that. I fell in love with the whole art form after that.

What do you enjoy most? Writing music or performing your music live?

I love both. The writing process is like therapy for me and it’s a rare time I get to spend time with myself. It’s like medicine for the soul when that happens. Performing live is a drug that breathes new life in the songs I make. Feeding off the energy of the crowd is special too. There is nothing like it in the world.

Is Spotify the music industry’s new Gatekeepers?

I think Spotify plays a part but the true Gatekeepers will always be your fans. If people really love your music they can be more powerful than any streaming company. They will find your songs by any means necessary and spread the word about it.

In which state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

When they are ready to love themselves. Not just the good parts. The flaws too. When they are ready to completely become vulnerable and not be afraid to feel something. Thats when my music fits right in.

What would you say is your biggest vice?

I fall in love with the art too much. When you do that you start to lose track of time and lose valuable moments in life. Finding that balance is hard to do.

Thank you!

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