What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is hip hop artist, Treviar. Treviar is a dope artist straight out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Treviar's style is melodic and aspirational. There's almost a futuristic element to his music that's different than anything we've heard. In addition to dope sonic his style, Treviar also has the look of a star. He can be seen on his Instagram page sporting blacked out shades and a chill look which gives him an effortless vibe. Treviar's latest video "Pop My Shit" features crazy visuals and gritty melodies by the MC. When meeting Treviar it's clear to see he's an artist who's here to stay. But enough from us, we recently linked up with Treviar to discuss his life and North Carolina Roots. Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up Treviar? We love your vibe. When did you start making music?
Treviar: I started making music as early as 3. It wasn't until 2017 that I decided to make music on a professional level. The summer of 2017 was life changing for me. Me and my guys recorded MAD music out the back of a closet. I'll never forget. The songs we would make would hit like 5k in like 72 hours. That was my confirmation that we all had something the world wanted to hear.
Westleaf Staff: What city do you represent?
Treviar: I represent Raleigh, North Carolina. 919. Exit 300. Southside. Nothing more to say.
Westleaf Staff: How did you create your stage name?
Treviar: My stage name is actually my real name. I literally spent years trying to come up with something that I thought would be cool. What I ended up calling myself for a while was "Tommy Oliver". That is the white power ranger for those who don't know. That's my favorite ranger. Although I loved the name, it just didn't fit me or my personality. That's when I decided to go by my real name. I had to pull a Tupac.
Westleaf Staff: How did your early life shape your interest in music?
Treviar: Most people don't know that my parents and extended family were actually in a group that was well known throughout the Carolina's & South. Traveling with them to different gigs and venues always made me feel like I was a part of the band as well. That set the tone for the way my childhood panned out. As I aged, I began to play instruments for school & various churches within the community. Ironically, I never had aspirations of being an artist. I was content with being in the background. I guess life forces you in different directions sometimes.
Westleaf Staff: Who is your biggest Musical influence?
Treviar: My biggest musical influences would be my parents and extended family, first and foremost. They really set the tone for the lifestyle I live. Also, I gotta give credit to legends like Prince, MJ, Drake, Ye, Lil Uzi, Thugga, etc. I'm just a fan at the end of the day. I'm a caretaker of music not an undertaker so I'm influenced by anybody who has the courage to do this.
Westleaf Staff: What has been the defining moment in your music career?
Treviar: I honestly feel like I haven't had that one defining moment. I feel like my journey is honestly just beginning. I'm embracing every step. Some monumental moments so far have been reaching over 20k streams on a single song & reaching over 20k views on a music video. That type of stuff is surreal to me simply because I remember when no one listened to my music!
Westleaf Staff: What makes you a unique artist?
Treviar: I feel as if my mentality, how I carry myself, and how I want myself represented is what makes me unique. The way I approach my career says a lot about the time, energy, and effort that I put into it mentally. I'm ahead of my time to be honest. That's why I'm big on being patient. I believe the universe is carving a place out specifically for me.
Westleaf Staff: What does art mean to you?
Treviar: Art, to me, is up to interpretation. There's no way I could put a label on something that everyone sees entirely different. To me, art is the bridge that connects us to the fourth dimension. I would be a fool to say that GREAT artists weren't tapped in and thinking on a higher level. You have to have some kind of "third eye" to create something from nothing.
Westleaf Staff: Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Treviar: UP. That's the only way. I put too much into this for me not to be on the up and up. My family and close friends depending on this W, so I'm continuing to work hard for that MVP.
Westleaf Staff: Describe music in three words.
Treviar: Energy, life, love.
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