What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is platinum producer, Trill Bans. Trill Bans, born Marko Cervantes, is a Platinum Billboard #1 charting producer from San Diego, CA. He started producing when he was 16 years old and has worked with numerous artists such as Lil Durk, Young Thug, Babyface Ray , and Hotboii. He's produced viral tracks such as “Computer Murderers” by Lil Durk on his platinum awarding album 7220 as well as “Dream” by Hotboii. Trill Bans has risen to become one of the most promising upcoming producers separating himself from his peers with unique melodic production that pairs with his thunderous drums that creates the perfect storm for beats. Trill has been making waves with his sound so we had to tap in with him. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Trilll. Congrats on your Billboard placement! That's major. When did you start making music?
Trill Bans: I started making beats my junior year of high school at 16, I had just quit soccer and wasn't doing anything so I randomly was like yeah I should try to do music.
Westleaf Staff: Salute to you for following that goal! Much respect. What city do you represent?
Trill Bans: San Diego, CA born and raised.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! So how did you create your stage name?
Trill Bans: I created my name really before I started making beats. It was sophomore year and I just broke up with a girl and basically my friend invited me out to go drink with him and I did. We was just talking about how we should start making music but he brought up how we need names so we just started brainstorming. I really don't know why but I remembered Post Malone's story about an auto generator name so I applied that and just went to Soundcloud and picked 2 rapper names and combine them. The first liked songs were from Trill Sammy & Yung Bans so I just combined the two and it came out as "Trill Bans." Shoutout my bro Adrian Esquivel for real because when I said my name out loud, He said this my name from now on.
Westleaf Staff: Nice. Shoutout to your friends. It's a fly name for sure. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Trilll Bans: I grew up with my mom really and she would always listen to banda and corridos which are like genres of Mexican music and the melodies of it really stuck with me.
Westleaf Staff: That's cool! Love that cultural influence! So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Trill Bans: My biggest musical influence is Kanye West. I remember listening to Heartless at like 8 years old and it was just something I had never heard before and it sunk in me. As I got older and learned more about him I became an even bigger fan because I could relate to his story, such as his relationship with his mom.
Westleaf Staff: Nice. Ye is a legend! Next question! What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Trill Bans: The defining moment was when I co-produced "Computer Murderers" for Lil Durk. That really was the first time that people didn't just see me as a low level producer and they now see me as a producer that has the potential to make hits. That's all I really wanted, to be taken serious.
Westleaf Staff: Wow! That's super dope. Congrats on the win bro.
What makes you a unique artist?
Trill Bans: I wouldn't say I really am unique but all I know is how I approach music is how I want to, and not because I want to be something I'm not.
Westleaf Staff: I respect that! So what does art mean to you?
Trilll Bans: I think the only way I can explain Art is that it's really a part of the creator that's for the people.
Westleaf Staff: I love that. Facts! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Trill Bans: I see my catalog getting bigger and bigger with more hits as well and plaques all over my walls. Hopefully a Grammy one day.
Westleaf Staff: It's already done! You will be super successful! Before we go, describe music in one sentence.
Trill Bans: Music in the purest form is really soup for the soul.
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