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INTERVIEW: Trevor Douglas

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Hi Trevor, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Haha I have been doing alright, thank you!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Take This Back”?

Yeah, it’s an 80s influenced track about taking a step back from a relationship and really appreciating what you and that person have.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I was just really happy at the time and feeling really strong emotions about this girl and the song just kinda happened. It didn’t take that long to write. It was one of the easier ones for me. 

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yeah! I’m working on getting everything finalized for that right now! I’m very excited haha 

The single comes off your new album Four In The Morning – what’s the story behind the title?

So I am just a really bad night owl haha. I would stay up really late working on songs cause I would get super focused. And the title was born from that.

How was the recording and writing process?

A lot of times they go hand in hand. As I am writing I am thinking about how I want the song to work. Like with Pressure, I had it all mapped out. I knew how I wanted everything to sound basically as I was writing it. But other times it’s a lot harder. For example, I had to do several versions of Take This Back in order to get one I was happy with. Once I think have it at a good place, I’ll like to go away from the song for a few days then come back and make a few tweaks here and there.

What is it about the 80s that you find so fascinating?

I just love all the fun sounds!!! The 80s is when the synthesizer became popular and started really making it’s way into pop music WHICH CHANGED MUSIC FOREVER!!! So many of the new things that came out of music in the 80s are still being used today. I have like several 80s playlists that I rotate through haha.

How George Michael and Michael Jackson has influence your writing?

Most of the lyrical influence I get isn’t from the 80s haha. I find more production influence from the 80s. I love so many of the sounds of the 80s. For example, Take This Back’s production is influenced by I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston and and Your Love by Outfield. I love the synth sounds in Whitney’s song and I love the guitars in Your Love by Outfield.

What role does Dallas play in your music?

It’s kind of my testing ground for a lot of the stuff I try. I play a lot of shows in the area so I’ll usually test out my new songs here.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Just the people in my life and what I am going through. Sometimes if that isn’t enough for a full song I’ll let my mind wonder. Like play the story out in my head and see what happens. What’s so funny about that is it those ones is I usually end up relating to them later on my life haha.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yeah! I’m going to playing a bunch of shows in DFW with Stand 4 Kindness which is an anti-bullying organization. Then a couple tentative dates here and there in other cities, but nothing for sure just yet.

What else is happening next in Trevor Douglas’ world?

Hahaha so much I am very overwhelmed. I have already started on my next project. Don’t know if it’ll be an EP or album. I want to do another EP full of covers of my favorite old 80s/90s songs. I’ve been writing/producing for other people too. I got a gig coming up at the State Fair of Texas this Sunday and Monday, Oct 7th & 8th at 12:00 and 1:00. I’m moving to LA soon. Hahaha there’s a lot of stuff.

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