EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: ATL’s Wild Boys, Travis Porter
Check out this exclusive interview with TRAVIS PORTER, who just released their debut album “From Day 1″ and stopped by to give a special interview for their fans before their show in Los Angeles.
Interviewed By Bryson Paul
Bryson: Hey guys. Now you’ve been signed since 2010. With so many changes in the music industry and labels since then, how do you develop a connection with the new label and then creating a new album, too?
Well, if a label signs you, they should already know what they want to do with your project. They can’t just sign you and just be like, well, we signed Travis Porter now let’s make a plan. We wouldn’t have felt comfortable in a position like that if we didn’t have a plan already. So there wasn’t any different between switching up the labels. Matter of fact, the label that we’re with now is messing with us more than our current label would have.
Bryson: How was that?
It was pretty fun, exciting. It was definitely a new experience. I’ve been overseas, but Paris was real beautiful and a real fashion driven area, so I had a good time and got to see a lot of different sites and stuff like that. It was cool.
Now what was the promise you guys made to each other that kept your bond so strong since day one?
Just staying down with each other and staying loyal, humble. We’re just brothers, man. That’s what brothers do.
Cool. A recent comment from a fellow ATL recording artist, Killer Mike, labeled you guys as the new age Beastie Boys. What is it like being compared to a legendary group?
It’s an honor, man. That’s dope. Respect goes out to Killer Mike. We were on Killer Mike’s album Underground Atlanta, like three years ago. That was crazy. R.I.P. MCA. It’s crazy because we named our tour ‘No Sleep Till Atlanta’ because everybody was saying “y’all are like the new Beastie Boys.”
Is there a song that didn’t make the album that you all wanted to make the album?
I wanted that song ‘Studio.’ It wasn’t a collaboration, it was just us, but it didn’t get cleared, so hopefully that’ll be out on our next upcoming project.
Cool. And if there was a collaboration to make that album, who would have you guys chosen to make that album?
Now for your mixtapes you guys have collabed with a lot of popular artists. How do you guys balance the line of friendship and business when it comes to those features?
Paperwork. (laughs) The managers handle all that. It’s better to just have artist to artist relationship, but when it comes to the business, it’s going to be manager to manager.
Definitely.You guys recently worked with Diplo on the record. Can we expect Travis Porter to cross over into Electro House genres?
Probably not. We probably will be featured on a record of somebody who does. But the song that we got with Diplo, it’s not really house, it’s Travis Porter.
Ok. What are some misconceptions about Travis Porter that you wanted to clear up with your daily project?
We ain’t f*#$-ing all y’all girlfriends. (laughs) That’s one misconception. Just some of y’all girlfriends. (laughs) The finest ones.
Going back to ‘From Day 1’, Myspace was the first big social network to really break an artist, so why don’t you guys give us one of your fondest memories of Myspace?
I remember my top eight. (laughs) Myspace helped us get our music out. We first made our Travis Porter Myspace account, that’s when we first…In fact, we had our Hard Hitters, that was our name before Travis Porter. Back then we were doing photo shoots in the bathroom. (laughs) With a lamp and a sheet for a background. (laughs)
The pre-season was our first mixtape we dropped on Myspace.
And here’s a funny fact, I don’t know if you guys know this but you guys are the first group to put out a debut album from Atlanta since the Shop Boyz back in 2007.
For real? That’s what’s up. 2007? That’s crazy.
So what does that mean for you guys and for the youth in Atlanta?
I feel like we’re the leaders of the young Atlanta. The first group since 2007 to put out an album since the Shop Boyz? That’s crazy.
Being that a lot of your music originated from the strip club, would you guys consider, the strip club your second home?
Yeah. We know every DJ, almost every stripper. (laughs) We don’t even pay to get into strip clubs. We just walk straight in, they say what’s up. We eat in there. (laughs) For real. All the strippers been down from day one, all of them. Our music even gave some girls some jobs (laughs) Like the girl who, uh, did the first video for ‘Make It Rain’ who had a silhouette, she got a job at Magic City.
Since you guys are really good with your social marketing because you guys are on every social network, what is the secret that a lot of artists don’t really follow, major or independent?
Seeing is believing, man. You’re communicating with fans. You just got to touch everybody in a special way. All of that little stuff really does count.
So what’s next for Travis Porter?
Actually we have a movie coming out on June 29th, called Red Rock. It’s crazy! It’s like a comedy action thriller. It’s about us leaving Vegas on our tour bus, and the bus broke down so we got stuck in a city called Red Rock and it’s a kingpin’s town. Like, you got meth labs and all this craziness that’s going on, and they don’t want us to find out so they try to kill us before we can make it out the town and we had to just make our way out, shooting up everything. Like Bad Boys. The trailer is on Myspace right now.
Alright. Any last comments?
Shout out to all the fans that been down from day one. We wouldn’t be here without y’all. Matter of fact, y’all should get the album and turn it on the back and check all the thank you’s and that’s everybody that’s been down with us from day one.
What type of advice would you give to artists following in your same footsteps?
Grind. Don’t burn bridges. There’s always a new way of coming up. You got to find a new way to get up. See how we came up with Myspace and strip clubs, I wonder what’s going to be the next one, Twitter and McDonalds. (laugh) Also, build a relationship with a DJ and support everybody that supports you. Like, if you go to a city and the hottest dude in the city, man, make sure you all connect. Make sure you all exchange numbers, do a track, whatever. Marketing and it keeps you relevant.
- FUN TRAVIS PORTER FACTS
FIRST ALBUM EVER BOUGHT
‘The Block is Hot’ from Lil Wayne and ‘No Limit’ one from Christmas.
LAST ALBUM EVER BOUGHT
T.I. when he was going to jail. That shit was crazy. We had nosebleed seats. (laughs)
The last concert, I think it was first and last. (laughs) We did catch the MMG Takeover we had a show with an Atlanta station, Atlanta city. We were on stage for this one. (laughs)
TOP INFLUENTIAL ARTISTS ON TRAVIS PORTER’S CAREER
Lil Wayne, Boosie, he made it possible for real hood people to do it (laughs) Country people.
To check out more from TRAVIS PORTER and to buy their new album From Day 1 go to myspace.com/whoistravisporter.
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