Native and Los Angeles based musician, Travis Marsh, is also a multi-instrumentalist and producer. Travis has varied interests and eclectic tastes in music, which is transparent in his music, as he blends pop, rock, and other genres with his style and lyrics. He is releasing several singles over the next year, and has recently debuted his new single "Right Here, Right Now," which is his take on "love at first sight," or "everything falls into place." We discussed songwriting, his new singles, and of course his music and entertainment favorites. Find out more about Travis:
AXS: What do you think makes a great songwriter?
Travis Marsh: I've always viewed songwriters as the therapists for the public. I think a great songwriter is someone that has mastered the art of tapping into our deepest inner emotions and memories. They can bring you back to moments in your life and then they become a part of you. The best songs evolve with you as you grow and carry new meaning based upon your life experiences. A well crafted song does not stay static, it always connects and changes while still being timeless. It sheds light on the fact we are all connected and experience the same thoughts, feelings and emotions.
AXS: When did you decide that you wanted to be a full-time musician?
TM: At the age of ten I received a guitar from old Saint Nick. Unexpected out of the blue, but the minute my fingers felt those strings the dream was born. Built up those callouses on my fingertips and never put that thing down. People don't choose music it chooses you. It's a beautiful gift you receive for life that will never let you down. Some say a dog is a man's best friend. I say music!
AXS: You recently released the music video for your single, "Right Here, Right Now" that has a dance-pop vibe; what was the inspiration behind this single?
TM: You know those days where you wake up on the right side of the bed and everything just seems to go right? Well I always loved that idea of this love at first sight. Or maybe it's not love, just an amazing night with a person you have an unexplainable connection to? Everything falls into place and it's just serendipity.
AXS: With the singles you're going to be releasing soon, is there an album release in the near future also?
TM: Right now I have a bunch of awesome singles I have been creating to consistently release to keep my fans engaged and happy. So for now I am just having a blast following the new wave of singles and streaming.
AXS: Who was your first concert, and who has been your overall favorite?
TM: First concert ever was America. My parents were cool enough to drag me along when I was 3! I recently saw them again at the Ventura County Fair, and they are still doing awesome! Love those harmonies. I am an avid concert goer, so it's hard for me to narrow it down to any one person, but I'd be doing people a disservice to not tell everyone if they haven't already, go out and see The Avett Brothers. Hands down one of the best live performers out today!
AXS: What was your first album on cassette, CD, and/or vinyl?
TM: First I can remember was stealing a Sublime record out of my parent's car and just listening on repeat. I wasn't allowed to listen to such risque lyrics back then like the song "Wrong Way," but I loved it, and who doesn't love breaking rules as a kid?
AXS: Which five albums and/or artists would you not want to live without?
TM: These are the first five albums that come to mind.
August and Everything After - Counting Crows
Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
Eagles - Greatest Hits (complete box set - I need 'em all!)
Third Eye Blind (self-titled) - amazing one front to back
Heartbreaker - Ryan Adams
AXS: What's currently in your top 5 playlist?
TM: Definitely the Eagles are always on my playlist. Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Paul Davis and the band, Bread, if you remember them? If I need something a bit more upbeat, lately I've been digging Hozier, and a good grooving Rolling Stones song!
AXS: Do you have a guilty music and/or entertainment pleasure?
TM: I'd say porn, but should I feel guilty for that? Just kidding, but yes I definitely find myself cranking old 90s pop here and there in the car. I recently put on TLC's "Waterfalls." Played it a couple of times in a row. There's some real craftsmanship and melodies there! I have a very eclectic taste in music. I can appreciate and love things from all aspects of music.