SOUL & SPIRIT
Genre: Hip Hop
Hometown: Ecrose, MI
Currenlty Located: Ecrose, MI
Day Job: Office Services at Crain’s Media in Detroit
FOLLOW TRAV MARQUEE
With 2 albums under his belt, we joined Detroit rapper, Trav Marquee in the studio to record his newly released EP “In Memory of Summer.”
We’ve always been inspired by the dreamers and doers of the world; people who light their own fires inside, who seek to live a life of purpose and passion and whether loudly or quietly, large or small, they keep moving forward to better their corner of the world. No matter their roots, these people embody the entrepreneurial and renaissance spirit, the grit and soul of Detroit.
We joined Trav Marquee in the studio as he laid down vocals for his latest track, “2 Live Crew” and talked about music, remaining an independent artist and what inspires him.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE YOUR STYLE OR YOUR GENRE?
“You know, Detroit has a certain style of hip hop. I don’t have a Detroit style, people typically say I’m more East-coast, more lyrical. I’m definitely more lyrical, more content-based.”
WHAT INSPIRES YOUR LYRICS AND THE STORIES YOU TELL?
Everything I talk about is personal experience, you know, current moods I’m feeling. Mostly, it’s always from personal experiences that you go through just in trying to learn yourself, man, in this crazy ass world.”
WHAT’S THE RECORDING PROCESS THAT WE JUST SAW?
“These two instramentals were recorded by other producers and right now, we’re about to lay vocals. I have some of the stuff written but I’m going to pretty much try and figure out part of it while I’m there. But I have a lot of the versus written for the songs so, pretty much, I’m laying down vocals over the two different tracks and we’re going to watch the engineer. He’s going to mix and master the songs, hopefully if I get done in time.”
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHERS THAT ARE PURSUING MUSIC?
“I would say, I don’t care what genre it is, man, just, you know, don’t sell your soul to the corporations. At the end of the day, music is a part of you and it’s a part of your legacy. Everybody’s going to look back and they’re going to want to know your story and you want to be able to put out your story that you tell without any kind of influence from anybody else. I don’t care what genre it is, you gotta just do you and stay consistent. And just know that over time, you’re going to get better because I used to have a problem, you know, thinking that by the time I hit 30, I’ll be done but I’m definitely getting better now because I’m just starting to come into my manhood fully and get smarter with my decision making and stuff like that. So I have a lot of things I can talk about content-wise.”
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
“My biggest influences, hip-hop-wise, I’d have to say Jay-Z, Tupac and Nipsey Hussle.”