10 minutes with Trevor James

He’s young, he’s talented and he’s gathering a huge fan base on Facebook and YouTube by doing what he loves the most: playing the bass. Meet Trevor James: an American bass player based in Las Vegas, Nevada. He’s playing bass covers that he records on the spot in his room. Now almost every young romanian knows about Trevor James and one thing is for sure: he’s getting viral with every second!

It was just an ordinary Sunday when I discovered Trevor. I was scrolling on Facebook’s timeline and I saw this cover:

This fellow can handle the bass. I looked him up on the web and I saw that he covered a lot of cool songs from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson to Omarion, Chris Brown or Tank and yes: Adrian Minune and Florin Salam.

I sat and talked to him and all I can say is that he’s a genuine guy and a talented musician.

Tell me a little bit about yourself

My name is Trevor James, I’m 23 and I’m from Los Angeles California. I’ve been playing for almost 10 years. Started playing bass when I was 13, had my first gig In front of 3 thousand people when I was 14. Music has always been a part of my life. My dads a singer so I have always grown up around music. I have played with many R&B and gospels and jazz artist in LA. Most recently I put out my first album titled “Show Time” that’s out on iTunes right now!

Who are your musical inspirations?

I have so many music inspirations but I would have to say james brown and Michael Jackson are my inspirations.

Where would you most like to perform?

I would love to perform in Europe not sure where I would like to but somewhere that many people can come out and watch

If you weren’t singing, what would you be doing?

If I wasn’t a musician I would probably be a tennis player. I used to play tennis for a wile and I was nationally ranked. At one time I wanted to try to go pro.

It was always the bass or..? How did you realize that the bass is your favorite instrument to express yourself?

I’ve always loved bass, but started out playing the piano when I was younger but never liked it. I wanted to be a rock star, so my father bout me a guitar. I was getting better but I always had my eye on playing bass. So freshman year of high school I was in the school jazz band and I over heard the teacher say they needed a bass player and I had an old dusty bass I never could play sitting in my room and I screamed out I can play bass not knowing what I just got myself into but I’m glad I did and I haven’t looked back!

Do you consider yourself a vocalist as well?

Yes I consider my self a vocalist but I’m not a crazy singer like Usher or anyone like that but I can hold a note haha.

Top 10 tracks in your playlist right now.

That’s a tough one I don’t think I have top ten tracks but top ten artist would be Michael Jackson, Kendrick Lamar Chris Brown, James Brown, John Mayer, The Gap Band, Diplo, 2Pac, Snoop Dogg & Jill Scott.

Top 5 albums in your opinion

Another hard one for me. Just about every Michael Jackson album it really paved the way for so many Pop and R&B artist

10. Would you come to Romania to perform?

Yes I would love to come to Romania and perform. Hopefully one day soon!

European girls or Americans?

Ha ha! I love my American girls but European women have just an amazing vibe and there just different and exotic. So European women!

Favorite dish

Mexican food! I can eat that all the time!

Describe my song (“The Way She Moves”) in 3 words!

Fun. Sexy. Romantic.

Favorite song on your album and why do you like it the most?

Favorite song on my album would be “Stay With Me” because it has a great grove and the lyrics are very passionate.

Here’s a challenge: make a bass cover of “The Way She Moves”

Yeah man! I’ll do it might not be for a while but I’ll get to it.

Ce se mai ascultă prin afară

Zic, hai să fac un mic research despre ce se ascultă prin afară la radio – TV. Ce artiști, ce muzică au ei și ce înseamnă la ei comercial. Zis și făcut! Așa că am început cu Polonia. Și după câteva minute de audiție am rămas plăcut surprins de cât de bine sună muzica la ei sau că ceea ce înseamnă comercial la ei nu ar prinde niciodată într-o industrie ca a noastră. Iată și câteva exemple mai jos. Acum ce nu-mi pot da seama este dacă și pe acolo se folosesc “dume” și clișee fără sens prin versuri.

Avanpremiera filmului Focus

Focus avanpremiera

Când am fost invitat la Focus, am fost 100% convins că voi avea parte de un film bine făcut. Am avut dreptate! Este un film în care Will Smith joacă genial, iar asta nu mă face decât să mă întreb: există oare vreun film în care Will nu joacă bine?

My new single: The Way She Moves

Mă bucur să împărtășesc cu voi noua mea piesă “The Way She Moves”. Este o piesă compusă de mine și produsă de Gabriel Baruta (Mosquito Production).

Clipul a fost regizat de Matei Sopterean. A fost o experiența inedită, care a durat aproape 26 de ore. Echipa a fost una minunata. La filmari a participat si NAVI, care a jucat rolul uneia din fostele mele iubite. A luat rolul atat de în serios incat a mușcat din crucifix, iar apoi a facut baie în lapte. Nu se vede din cadre, deoarece nu am vrut sa facem un kitsch gen baia Cleopatrei, dar au fost literalmente vreo 30 de litri de lapte în acea cadă. O alta scena interesanta a fost cea în care eu a trebuit sa filmez intr-un tricou rupt, pantaloni subțiri si desculț pe asfalt, pe un ger cumplit.

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În povestea asta am fost baiatul aventurier, care nu reuseste sa aiba o relatie stabila pana in momentul in care o intalneste pe Ea. In prima scena sunt doar eu in niste haine rupte, prăfuite. Sunt trist si abătut gandindu-ma ca am rămas singur. Siluetele tipelor trec prin fata mea ca si cum viața se derulează in fata ochilor mei. Apar apoi scene subiective arătând Interactiunea mea cu fiecare din fete. Apoi restul poveștii ne arata Interactiunea dintre mine si Fata care mi-a pus capac. Alexandra G. joaca acest rol si vreau sa ii multumesc pe aceasta cale. A fost excepțională. Matei Sopterean a fost regizor si D.O.P. la acest clip, iar scenariul este rezultatul colaborarii noastre. Eu am venit cu idei, iar Matei a conturat totul, exact asa cum trebuie.

Cred ca multi dintre cei care vor asculta piesa se pot identifica cu versurile melodiei. La urma urmei, cu toții speram sa întâlnim acea persoana misterioasa care ne incita în a o cunoaste mai bine, in a o dori tot mai mult.