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A Dirty Dozen with MYLES TRAVITZ – August 2021

| 4 August 2021 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “North Carolina-based singer-songwriter Myles Travitz is set to release his new EP, Mother Moon, today (July 30, 2021).  Mother Moon takes a deeper dive into the emotions that ground us and a wanderlust of adventure and optimism. Said Vents Magazine of the EP: “Myles Travitz imbues his music with his personality: warm, welcoming, open. You can hear it in the gentle, ambling nature-call of ‘Mockingbird,’ in the retro-rock positivity of ‘Mother Moon,’ or in the easy, breezy celebration of ‘To Happiness.’ His deep voice beckons, and the piano chords are like a familiar old friend.”  We get Myles to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

The Mother Moon EP is a collection of some of the songs I’ve written over the past two years. It taught me how to be unapologetically myself. I write from life experience, so all of these songs are a snapshot of a moment I hold dear to me. Something the listener wouldn’t pick up on the first few listens is the amount of detail in the vocal harmonies for every song and how they’re panned. A great example of this is “Glow.” It’s funny you ask about hidden nuggets because I don’t know if there are any for these songs. I say that because this EP is an evolution of all my past music and running wild with it! I’ll have to keep hidden things in mind for the future!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Absolutely! When I was young, my mom signed my older brother and me up for piano lessons. I hated it because as a kid with ADD, and I couldn’t sit still for long periods of time, not to mention reading sheet music was incredibly difficult for me. I almost gave up multiple times, but my mom wouldn’t let me. In retrospect, I’m so thankful she didn’t let me quit! The moment I realized I wanted to be a musician was a year or two into piano lessons when my teacher asked me, “What do you want to play?” That question opened an entire new world of possibilities, and I haven’t looked back since. I even graduated college with a music composition and theory degree!

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

My immediate answer is Billy Joel, without question! I grew up listening to my parents’ CDs, so artists and bands such as Billy Joel, The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John, AC/DC, Queen, and many, many others were in rotation.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

My five main musical influences are Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel, Coldplay, The Lumineers, and John Mayer.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Oh geez, honestly I’d have to say my friend, Kim McInnis! She always has great song ideas and is a wonderful creative collaborator!

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I’d describe my music as: if you mixed Billy Joel, The Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, and Coldplay together, you’d get my music! Optimistic and unapologetically me folk-rock! In regards to reviewer and fan comparisons, music is so subjective that being contrasted with other artists is a compliment in my eyes!

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Well, here’s the thing, I’m a solo artist as of right now, so I guess I do all of them, ha ha.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

The last time I was starstruck was when I was in Nashville for Tin Pan South. I went with Kim McInnis to see Jeff Cohen, Kara DioGuardi, Shelly Pieken, and Ingrid Andress at a writer’s round. It was INCREDIBLE!

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part of being a musician is playing, plain and simple. I would also add creating as well! If I couldn’t be a musician, my dream job would be something where I can create with my hands. What comes to mind is woodworking, drawing, photography, something like that.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Something I’ve always wanted somebody to ask is what gets you excited outside of music? To which my answer is Dungeons and Dragons! I love hiking and nature, but I’m also a huge nerd, and I love that about myself! Communal storytelling with dice and going on adventures of imagination is so pure and wonderful. I look forward to it every week! Honestly, I’m an open book when it comes to questions, so I enjoy answering questions! The only questions I would ever get tired of, I imagine, would be if they got repetitive.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Looking back, there are plenty of missteps! Everybody has them, but I wouldn’t want to change them, because they’re part of what made me who I am and I love who I am! Life’s too short to look back with regret, which is why I choose to learn from those missteps and keep going forward.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would love to go back and play on Billy Joel’s Turnstiles studio album! I listened to that CD on repeat growing up! Fun fact, anytime I sit down at a piano, the first thing I always play is “New York State of Mind.” It’s like my “Hello! How are you?” to every piano I sit down at.





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