FYIG Chats With Singer/Songwriter Trevor Douglas

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hey guys! Haha well my name is Trevor Douglas, my favorite color is green, and my favorite bread is sourdough haha

How would you describe your musical style?

I have a lot of influences and I feel like that shows in my music. I’d say it’s acoustic pop with an influence of 80s/90s music

How did you get started in music?

So my siblings and my dad were musicians. I thought what they did was pretty cool haha, so I started playing the violin, and I just slowly started adding more instruments and getting more and more serious about it.

Was it always something you envisioned as a career or did it evolve into that?

Well at first all it was was just me having fun. I loved performing. I loved writing. I started devoting more and more time into it. And THEN I started making money?? And I was like, “Oh wow! I guess this can be a job then?!” And the more work I put into it, the more I got out of it. So now I just put all my time and energy into it and I am having the time of my life! I don’t like the idea of really having a plan B cause in my mind, you can waste precious time on your plan B that you could be using to further your plan A.

What was your experience like getting into the Top 24 on season 14 of American Idol?

It was a lot of fun! It could be challenging at times, but those challenges were great opportunities for me to grow and better myself as an artist.

How have you evolved since your time on American Idol?

Well just as a person, I’ve learned a lot about myself. I found my limits, then pushed them to better myself. I’ve had a lot of hardships that have helped me grow as a person. I feel like that shows in my writing. Musically, I have taught myself a lot of things. I recorded this whole EP on my own with YouTube as my only teacher haha.

You released your latest single Take This Back last month. Tell us a bit about that song?

Yeah, it’s just a song about really taking a step back so you can really appreciate what you have going on. It was really inspired by some of my favorite 80s songs like “Your Love” by Outfield and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston.

Your new EP Four in the Morning will be released on October 19th. What can audiences expect from it?

Well, they’re all love songs that are basically about one girl. This EP is probably the most “me” I’ve ever sounded haha. Cause like I said I recorded, produced, and wrote on all of these songs. I said earlier that I have a lot of influences and I feel like that shows in the EP. I have some straight pop tracks, some more acoustic tracks, the 80s one, a more R&B one and then one that’s super folky. I just really excited to share this project with everyone cause I have really worked so hard on it.

What sets you apart from other musicians?

I really feel like it’s my ability to be self-sustaining. Like I don’t need writer’s, producers, or even a band cause I use my loop pedal, haha. It’s all me and it’s so much fun!

What can audiences expect from your live shows?

I’ve been on tour recently so I’m actually super polished as a performer. I’m adding more and more stuff to my set up too. A while ago I added a bass guitar to my set up, I just added a synthesizer, and I’m looking to add a drum machine once I save up enough money.

What’s next for your career?

I definitely want to keep writing and producing my own music and get another project out sometime soon, whether it be an album or another EP. I’m going to be spending a lot of November on that. I’ve started producing music for other people too and that’s been really fun! I for sure want to keep doing that. Eventually, I’d like to be writing for other people as well, not just me. I just love everything creative about this job and want to keep pursuing it.

What advice do you have for aspiring musicians?

Do not stop trying. It is going to get very hard and discouraging. It is inevitable that you are going to fail, and you cannot let that keep you down. You need to use it and encouragement to improve and get better.

What’s life like for your outside of the recording studio?

Well if I’m not recording I’m usually doing something else music related. It’s my job, so I give a lot of my time to it. If I’m not recording, I’m writing or performing.

Let the readers know where to find you online.

YouTube: TrevorDouglasMusic
SoundCloud: TrevorDouglasMusic
Twitter: @TrevorDmusic
Insta: @TrevorDmusic
Snap: @TrevorDmusic