Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hey there! I’m Trev. I grew up in a dirt road town in Minnesota and have been playing music my whole life. I used to be primarily an athlete and a finance guy until my early 20s, but in 2019 I made the decision to reroute my life and pursue my love of music full-time. Since then, I’ve learned and grown so much, and I haven’t looked back since.
How did you get your start in music?
I have been singing and playing instruments since I was a little kid. My parents made sure I was taking piano lessons and got me involved in choir, and when I went to college, I got really into arranging and performing music with my a cappella group. In terms of my personal artist career, I moved to New York City in 2017 to pursue a future in finance actually. However, after a few short months, I knew that I couldn’t just let my musical inclination go by the wayside. I started performing at open mics and writing original songs. I eventually got connected with people who could help me record music, and the rest is history.
How would you describe your musical style?
I think my music is definitely in the “pop” realm – sometimes it carries a singer-songwriter slant, sometimes a country slant, but certainly within the pop genre. I love grooving bass lines and layered vocals, and am partial to a shiny and clean sound. I think you can hear that in my tunes for sure.
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Sugar”?
This song is so fun! It’s short and sweet, and it’s full of sunny and juicy imagery. I wrote this song with my girlfriend Melinda May (also an artist), and we had an absolute blast coming up with all these cute phrases. It came together pretty naturally, but we also put a lot of thought into these turns of phrases. It has a classic and doo-wop feel, combined with shiny pop production that makes it really fun and catchy. I honestly love it.
You release a new single on the first of every month. What led you to come up with that strategy and how difficult is it to keep up with new music that frequently?
When the pandemic hit, my live show efforts evaporated. I found myself spending more time writing, and decided to use my resources to record and release music more frequently. It’s been such a blessing and has allowed me to provide my listeners with more consistent content. It has certainly been a challenge in some regards, and it necessitates consistent planning and workflows, but it’s incredibly rewarding.
What’s next for your career?
I’ve teamed up with a new distributor for my upcoming releases, and I couldn’t be more excited. My plan is to continue to write and release music on a monthly basis and keep growing and taking steps in the right direction. I have faith things will work out.
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
I’d urge them to keep going, take strides in faith, and make the music that comes out of you and that you believe in. It might take you a while to find your groove, but don’t give up. And then, more tangibly, try to treat your music like a business. Focus on productivity, growth, and value, without losing touch with your creativity and artfulness. If you can strike a balance between those forces, you’ll be in a better position than most artists. And then lastly – if you have a chance to pursue JUST your art, without a part-time job, even if it’s for a short time, take it. You’ll learn so much and it will light a fire under you. People can do their best work when under pressure, so taking away fallback plans can help a lot.
What’s your life like outside of music?
My life is full of adventure, and I’m so thankful for that. I do a lot of traveling in my beat-up old Jeep, and I like to stay physically active. I spend a lot of time in front of my computer doing very normal things, just like everyone else, as well. But I love to explore, try out new restaurants and parks, and enjoy life every day.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
You can find me at @trevorjknight on social media, or by searching my name on the platform of your choice! I’d love to connect with you – don’t hesitate to reach out!