Travis Marsh is a native Los Angeles singer-songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and producer who can't be fit into a mold. The eclectic musical world of Travis Marsh is a creative space saturated with different ideas, sounds, and concepts, all grounded in the musical history and landscape of Southern California. Equal parts Folk, Rock, and Pop, Travis has long fought against being tied to one specific genre. Travis' interest in diverse musical genres is rooted in his childhood. After getting a guitar for Christmas at the age of 10, he started on a trajectory that would lead him here, to 2018, where he is about to release a string of singles that will appeal to universal audiences worldwide.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
It is hard to remember the exact moment I first started writing songs because I started at a very young age. I do remember writing a bunch of songs in middle school as a way to impress girls that I had a crush on. I would send them poems over AOL instant messenger and sing it to them over the phone! Haha.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Probably performing onstage at 60k seat sold out shows. (Opening for various artists). Also, meeting Jerry Greenberg recently and having him involved in my career is amazing!
What has been the high point of your music path? The high point of my music path will always be the amazing feeling I have immediately after finishing writing a new song.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It has morphed and evolved over the years. I never really have any standard way of approaching songs. I either play music until I feel emotionally connected to the notes or have a concept that I develop further. Sometimes I’m lucky and a near finished idea seems to flow out of me all at once. Those are usually the best, but sometimes you have to put the work in and it’s all worth it.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today is trying to have your music heard over the “herd” of other musicians trying to make it and who are also distributing their music online.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
There are too many artists to definitively answer this, but Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, or Jackson Browne all sound like a dream come true. They are all amazing songwriters and put on a great show! Not to mention, I’ve been listening to their records on repeat since my early childhood.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Usually I practice the songs acoustically in the house and try to get an arrangement and set list that flows naturally. Then I link up with other musicians at a rehearsal space and work out all of the parts with them, then run through the set until it feels tight.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I don’t know if I can think of one song that was the most challenging. I tend to forget and not like the ones that take a lot of work compared to the naturally flowing ones. I wrote a song for my kids, called “Nothing I Wouldn’t Do” that was really personal. It came natural and flowed easily, but playing something so personal to another human being took a lot out of me. You have to play it enough to feel okay with being stripped that bare in front of another soul.
What's coming up in the future? I have a bunch of new songs recorded that I’m really excited about. I went back to my roots and the music I was raised on. Very proud of these new songs and can’t wait for a chance to release them soon. I’m currently having them mixed!
Tell us where fans can access your music!
My website has a link to all of my social media accounts and music. I mainly use Instagram nowadays, that’s @travis_marsh. Website