Travez Spencer ( born as Travez Anthony Spencer on January 23 , 1991 ) , better known as his stage name T-Baby , is an indie American rapper from a small town called Saint James , Louisiana. T-Baby was born to a single mother and is the oldest child out of his mother 4 kids , he has 2 brothers an 1 sister. He started rapping at the age of 14 and began writing his own music after high school , graduating with a G.E.D. In 2010 he began recording some of his songs on his cell phone , and sending them to his cousin who owns a home studio.
Then in the summer of 2010, he joined his cousin’s music group called kill yho self. After dropping 3 mixtapes under the group he lifted on during 2011, and went solo as an indie artist. His new manager is David Morris, who is the CEO of Damo Entertainment. T-Baby is an up and coming artist who has great work ethic and projects waiting to be heard.
1. How long have you been doing what you’re doing and how did you get started in the first place?
Travez Spencer: It’s been about 4 years for me in this music industry. I started off just playing around in the studio with some friends. I wrote a few bars while they were rapping in the studio. I created a song while checking them out then I put it with a beat. I then put it on my social networks. A few people enjoyed the track that I posted on my pages so I decided to continue to write. I want to make a career out of this hip-hop music. Hopefully the right person will come along and help me take it to the next level.
2. Who were the first influences on your music and style?
Travez Spencer: I would have to say, Kendrick Lamar. He is on a completely different level with his music. There is so much creativity in his music. As an artist I can’t help but admire his talent.
3. In your opinion who is the most influential and successful artist in your genre today and why?
Travez Spencer: Jay-Z. Even though he is not making albums the way he used to years ago. Jay-Z is still one of the most relevant names in hip-hop today. He does a number of features on other artists songs such as Justin Timberlake’s Suit & Tie” which is blowing up the airwaves along with my most influential artist Kendrick Lamar’s “Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Jay-Z’s success has come with years of hard work. Whether you like him or not, you can’t help but become a fan or give him respect for what he has done in and out of the music industry. From a clothing line, his own record label, to part owner of an NBA basketball team. How could he not be an influence in the eyes to any hip-hop artist?
4. Which famous song or sound production, ultimately describes what you’d like Travez Spencer music productions to sound like?
Travez Spencer: Kendrick Lamar, all day long. He has a variety of songs that talk about real life situations. That’s how I think of the concepts of my songs. I take real life situations that I have been through and create the majority of my songs.
5. Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
Travez Spencer: These are the times of the beats, but with me I am not trying to copy or imitate what all the other artists are doing. When people hear my music I want it to be more about the lyrics than a good beat. Anybody can talk about making money, throwing ones in the strip clubs but how many people are actually doing all of this. If I talk about struggling to pay bill, relationships, and actual events of life that people go through then people can relate to the song. Hopefully they will think about the beat later and the lyrics first.
6. Do you make your own beats and write your own lyrics? If yes what software or equipment do you prefer using? If you don’t do any of this by yourself, how do you get this done?
Travez Spencer: I search the internet for all my beats. Sometimes it’s hard to find beats that fit my style of rapping. Just as the music industry is saturated with hip-hop artists, it is also the same with beat makers. That means if I look hard enough, I will eventually find what I like. I do write the lyrics to all my music. Maybe someday I could get paid by others to write for them.
7. If you could choose to work with some of today’s established artists or producers, to move your game to the top, with whom would you like to collaborate?
Travez Spencer: There is only one name that really comes to mind. Well, there are a few but the top of the list would be Dr. Dre. He takes the talent an artist has and makes it work for him. I guess you can say that “he can take your talent to put together a Masterpiece.”
8. Which latest songs, videos or mixtapes releases are currently available to your fans and where can they be heard or downloaded?
Travez Spencer: The mixtape that I have out now is called “The Beat Killer Vol. 1”. But I am working with my manager, Damo, on getting songs mastered and put into rotation for FM Radio. If anyone has any beats that they want me to check out please send them to my manager at DamoEntertainmentSTL@gmail.com
9. Which ingredient do you think is most essential in making your sound and style the way it is?
Travez Spencer: Only one. Originality.
10. Which emotion more than any other, currently dominates your music? Joy, sadness, anger or passion etc. , and why?
Travez Spencer: I have to say all of them. My music expresses my life. Although there have been more good times than bad, when people listen to my music they can feel all of my emotions.
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11. What aspect of the music making process excites you most, and what aspect discourages you the most?
Travez Spencer: When I am in the studio on the microphone, I am in my own zone. My blood starts pumping, hands sweaty, then show time. That’s exciting to me. There is really nothing about the music making process that discourages me but finding the right outlets for my music is the hard part. “Millions of rappers with limited and beneficial outlets.”
12. How involved are you in the recording, producing, mastering, marketing, and other processes needed to make and sell your music, and do you outsource any part of these processes?
Travez Spencer: I am about 40-50% involved with each of those steps. I realized that it takes more than just me to get the job done. I don’t try and create beats or anything of the nature. If I can focus on only writing, the content of my music could get better with time. My manager asked me to read more books because it would build up my vocabulary and imagination. In case the readers don’t understand my answer. Yes, I outsource all the time. It helps build up your network of business people.
13. Do you think the advent of internet and all the new technology has helped your music and independent musicians in general, or do you think it just creates a mass of mediocre “copycats” who flood the web, making it difficult to distinguish yourself?
Travez Spencer: I think the internet has hurt the music industry tremendously. Not only does everybody want to be a hip-hop artist, it has allowed people around the world to download or copy music for free. Because of the internet, artists think it’s easy to try and become the next big thing to get signed to a major label. After artists were discovered on Youtube many other artists attempted to do the same. Some failed and some succeeded. Some have attempted to buy likes, views, and comments to gain their fame. Which buying these don’t really get you fame but empty pockets. My advice to those who pay for those services, “Get in the streets hustle, work, and grind. At least the number will look more believable than just sitting behind the computer perpetrating.”
I don’t think everything is negative about the internet. It does allow easy access to your music for family, friends, and our truest fans. I can go on and on about how the internet destroyed hip-hop but this interview can only be so long.
14. In your experience thus far, what is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed? And one you didn’t follow, but now know for sure that you should have?
Travez Spencer: Hustling and working hard is one of them. Also I learned from my manager that doing interviews such as this will prepare me for other interviews, especially spontaneous one. For the second part of the question, in the beginning, I wanted everything to happen right now. I was told that I need to have patience and stay motivated. Everything will piece together in the end.
15. Being an independent artist, which is the one factor, above all else, that you currently desire most (increased music distribution, better quality production, more media exposure, more club and live performances etc…)?
Travez Spencer: More media coverage of course. If I get the media on my side, everything else will fall into place.
16. Where do you distribute and promote your music (Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, Your own Website, YouTube etc…) and why do you think this channel works best for you?
Travez Spencer: For now, the only channels I have for my music is Datpiff. It allows fans to download my music for free. That is one of the outlets for independent artists but I wouldn’t say it’s the best. I am just an up and coming artist, to ask people that never heard of me for music to purchase music I think is kind of ludicrous. I think that is called moving backwards in the music industry.
17. How important do you think video is to your music, and how do you produce your videos?
Travez Spencer: Although I haven’t released any official video of my current music, having one creates another outlet for your music to be heard. It’s very important for the video to have a plot that is the same as the song. I see a great number of videos both independent and mainstream artists that create videos that have no content.
18. Is going Platinum or winning a Grammy important to you, and If you were forced to make only one choice, which of the two would you choose and why?
Travez Spencer: Platinum because that means fans love my music was willing to spin money to get it. Winning a Grammy would be very important. It’s an achievement that no one ever forgets about in the music industry. If I had to pick one, Grammy would be the ultimate choice. Having a Grammy creates more opportunities to go Platinum.
19. What in your opinion is the biggest barrier an artist like yourself, has to face and overcome, to gain any commercial success?
Travez Spencer: Budgeting for promotion and marketing. After looking at some promotional packages and marketing strategies, it gets expensive to keep your exposure trending. Everybody wants to get paid, which I totally understand. It’s just that sometimes the money isn’t there.
20. In closing, tell us something about any projects and ideas you have in store or are already working on?
Travez Spencer: I have another mixtape that I am releasing about a month from now. The title of it is called “New Talent on the Rise from The Beginning to End.” The project is based on the experiences I have had in my life. I am mixing a little bit of old school and new school together on this project. I must say this might be the best project I will have put together.
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