Travis Cormier, is a Canadian Singer/Songwriter and frontman of American Rock band British Convicts. He recently sat down and spoke about his inspirations growing up and his plans for the future. Here is what he had to say:
How and when did you first get into playing music and performing?
When I was a young boy, music was in my blood. I always knew that’s what I wanted to do. I looked up and got inspired by so many of the great musicians. When I would watch them perform my eyes would light up. It pierced my soul. They were proof that my dream was possible. When I was about 10 years old, my friend Luc and I, would put on Bon Jovi and Kiss video’s and pretend to be them and even copy their every move. We would imagine that we were rockstars playing in front of thousands of people. When I was 12, I played my first performance with a band in front of hundreds of people. It was the greatest feeling in the world, and that’s when I knew I wanted to be a musician and entertainer.
Who were some of your biggest inspirations growing up?
One of my biggest inspirations growing up was Jon Bon Jovi. Not only do I love his music but I find him to be a true leader, and a great role model. He has definitely inspired me to follow my dreams and believe in my vision, and to inspire other people.
What kind of training have you had, if any?
I have been working on developing and improving myself as a musician for years now. I started guitar lessons when I was about 9 years old, and vocal lessons at the age of 14. While I was taking private lessons, and also attending music classes in High School, I was also playing in bands, and gaining a lot of experience. After graduating High School I attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California where studied Vocal Performance. I got to work on vocal technique, and learn from some of the best vocal coaches in the industry. I will never stop learning and improving myself to become the best Performer that I can be.
What has been your favorite gig/collaboration so far?
My favorite gig was definitely playing Club Nokia, downtown Los Angeles. I have had the opportunity to play there multiple times, and got to meet some of the biggest rock legends that I’ve looked up to all my life. I also had the amazing opportunity to record in the studio with legendary producer Eddie Kramer. That was really a dream come true for me.
What type of music do you like writing and performing?
I love songs that people can truly relate to. Songs that you listen to that can change the way you feel in a matter of seconds, that can inspire you, or even help you get through hard times in your life. I want my songs to mean something to someone. And I want to create a performance where people can get lost in the music and forget the world. It’s a night where they can forget their everyday lives, or forget their problems, and live in the moment. I want to give them an experience and a night to remember so that they can leave there feeling inspired.
What music projects do you have coming up?
I am currently working on my first solo album that I’m very exited for. I’ve been through a lot in the past couple years, and I will be pouring my heart and soul into this album. I want my fans to get to know me, the real me, in my own words.
What would be your ideal project/collaboration and why?
I would love to work with Dave Grohl. He is such a musical genius, and he seems like a very cool guy to work with. It would also be a huge dream come true for me to perform with Steven Tyler. He is one of my biggest idols and in my opinion, the greatest frontman of all time.
What are your plans for the future?
I plan to release my music and then go on tour, and play as many shows as I can. My goal is to create a very unique experience when people come out to the show. I want them to leave feeling inspired and feeling like they got their money’s worth. No matter what, you just gotta keep moving forward.
What is your advice to aspiring performers?
Work Hard and Dram Big. If you can believe it, you can achieve it. Don’t be afraid of failure, take risks, and never give up. And one more thing, You REALLY gotta love what you do. Cause if you don’t, you would be crazy to go down that path.