T. Mills
Interview: Maranda Pleasant

Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

T. Mills: There’s no greater feeling in the world than doing something you truly love. Knowing how much you’ve sacrificed, how many times you might have failed, but sticking to it, and the moment when everything comes together is what makes me feel alive.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

TM: Being vulnerable, in my opinion, is not a weakness. It’s being human. It is allowing yourself to not have all the answers. I can play a song for somebody, and when certain parts come on, I cringe. I might not like my vocal or the way I sang a certain word. Playing intimate shows is when I feel the most vulnerable; you can hear and see everything. Those are the most rewarding as well.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

TM: “Do something for yourself today that you will thank yourself for tomorrow.” We all get caught up in what we’re doing that we forget to start setting ourselves up for the future.

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

TM: I’ve always been so aware. I’ve never been one to try to elude it or hide it with alcohol or certain behavior. I accept it. I know that it is there. I think it’s a matter of investing in yourself, learning from it.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

TM: I read. I exercise. I write. I’ve been doing morning pages: the first thing I do when I wake up is sit down and write three pages of whatever comes into my head. The more I do them, the more creative I get and the smaller my problems seem. I can turn something that I hated a few days ago into a short story or a song.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

TM: To tell the truth. People will respect you more if you are honest with them.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

TM: My grandmother just got diagnosed with breast cancer, so we are in the process of setting something up with NBCF [National Breast Cancer Foundation]. I am a huge fan of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and I plan to visit some hospitals in the beginning of 2015, just hang out with some cool kids and have fun. I do a toy drive and Christmas show in December for the women’s and children’s shelters in my hometown of Riverside, Calif. This will be the third one!

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

TM: I am in the studio working on my debut album. I feel like this project will represent me to the fullest. I’ve also been on the road six months this year. Touring is one of my favorite things about what I get to do.

MP: Why are these important to you?

TM: This album is important because it’s the evolution of Travis Mills. It’s going to be an introduction to who I am, where I come from, some of the things I’ve been through, and the aspirations I have.

MP: What is love for you?

TM: Love is the most powerful thing in the world! Love is never jealous. It’s a connection. It’s an energy. It’s an embodiment.

MP: What is the most important thing for us to do as beings?

TM: To treat everyone how you want to be treated.

T. Mills recently released the All I Wanna Do EP, featuring the infectious party single of the same name. He’s in the studio working on a new album (spring 2015) with industry heavy-hitter Dr. Luke and a creative team that includes JKash, DJ Mustard, Wallpaper, and Travis Barker.


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