“For Trevor Hall, music was something he loved to do.”

By Jason Tanamor

When you think of rock music with a reggae twist, you pretty much get nothing. That is of course you stumble across Trevor Hall, whose music is a combination of the two. That’s exactly what happened to me. A publicist I work with sent me some CD’s but “coincidentally” added Hall’s new album with the package. I tossed it in my CD player and what I found was an incredible musician.

The review of the CD will come later, but for now, Hall chatted himself up to Zoiks! Online.

Q – Where are you from?

A - I grew up in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Q – How long have you been a musician?

A - I have been playing music since I was in a diaper. Literally, my parents have pictures of me banging on the drums when I was two-years-old. However, I really became serious about it around 15 or 16.

Q – What specific reason made you decide to be a musician?

A - There was no point where I said, “I want to be a musician.” Music was just something I always loved to do. Everything happened naturally.

Q – What’s your musical background? Have you taken lessons or are you self-taught?

A - I first taught myself how to play the guitar when I was 12 or 13. I then went to a performing arts school in 10th grade where I formally took lessons in classical guitar.

Q – You almost have a reggae type sound to your music. What musical influences did you have growing up?

A - I was and still am very influenced by Bob Marley. When I first heard him, I fell in love. That opened a whole door to a lot of reggae music like Burning Spear, The Abyssinians, etc. I also was really into Ben Harper and soulful music like that.

Q – How difficult is it touring all the time? Do you ever get sick of it?

A - Like anything, it has its ups and downs, but it is a lot of fun. It is a great blessing to be able to share music with people almost every night.

Q – When you write music, do you have a routine? How do you go about writing songs?

A - I have no routine. I don’t want to think about it at all - just want to let it come through naturally. If I sit down and say “I’m going to write a song right now,” it doesn’t work. Too much thinking is no good.

Q – It appears that your music is very spiritually influenced. What are your spiritual influences?

A - I am spiritually influenced by anyone who lives their lives for others.

Q – How have your influences affected how you play and write music?

A - They help me be enthusiastic about sharing the music with people.

Q – What message do you want to convey to your listeners?

A - I want people to feel uplifted and inspired when hearing the music, but I want them to interpret it however they want. It is up to them.

Q – How hard is it to keep touring and playing music when there are untalented musicians out there who have “made it”?

A - Everything is God’s grace. The Most High puts me where He wants me. My duty is to feed people music.

Q – How do you feel about the reality shows like “American Idol” that promise everything for winning a karaoke contest?

A - They are fun to watch.

Q – What do you wish to get out of your career when it’s all said and done?

A - To feel joy in pleasure in serving others.

Q – Is Kanye West just a nut job?

A - He is a good rapper. :)


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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