“Love All, Serve All and Tell the Truth” – Trevor Hall, Eternal Optimist and Musician

7 01 2010

(originally written 11/17/09)

When it comes to music, I find that most of my favorite albums are the ones that take some time to grow on me; however, every once in a while I hear an album and I instantly fall in love…so is the case with Trevor Hall’s latest self-titled release.

From beginning to end, this is an album that will not only engage your ears, but engage your inner being.  He mixes reggae style with a rock and roll edge, and smooths it out with deep, soothing vocals.  His music has an undeniable refreshing tone of unity that leaves behind a feeling of inspiration.  His sound is somewhere along the lines of Matisyahu, Ben Harper and Michael Franti but he has definitely found his own voice…and it’s one of love, hope and connection.

The first track “Internal Heights” is a melting pot of cultures that manages to still rock out, which is the perfect way to start of the album.  From there Trevor moves through some island-influenced serenades like “Who You gonna Turn to” and The Lime tree” but still keeps the energy alive with songs like “Unity” “Sing The Song” and “Volume”.  If one thing is evident in this album, it’s Trevor Hall’s passion for music and for bringing people together.  Not only are the songs rich in sound, but the music enriches your soul.

Growing up in South Carolina, Trevor knew at an early age that he was meant to make music.  As a young teen, he would come home every day after school and spend time playing guitar and writing songs.  After being fortunate enough to attend the Idyllwild School for the Arts in California, Trevor saw how music could bring people together and from there, his after school hobby developed into the start of his career.  Currently on tour with Matisyahu, Trevor was generous enough to take some time to us…

RA:  First off, let me say that your music is amazing.  I listened to your latest self-titled release through a friend and was instantly blown away.  Your sound is very worldly and your voice seems wise, way beyond your years, it is very much that of an “old soul”.  Can you tell me a little about the influences and inspirations that have played a part in developing your musical style today?

Trevor:  Ever since my youth, I have been greatly inspired by reggae music, especially roots reggae that brings the spiritual message. I was so attracted to that one drop rhythm. It really resonated with me how anyone could move their feet to it. That was the foundation for me. Now, I am really inspired by Indian music and other music from around the world. As for my lyrics, I am greatly inspired by the mystic poets such as Hafiz, Rumi, Kabir, and Rabindranath Tagore.

RA:  Did your upbringing and family have a lot to do with the positive and hopeful messages that we hear in your music or did that come along the way as well?

Trevor:  My family has always been extremely supportive. They have showered love on me ever since I was born. I believe that a child’s youth shapes their whole lives. They made sure that I had the freedom to express myself through music.

RA:  What has been the highlight of your musical career so far?

Trevor:  By the Grace of the Most High, I have been extremely blessed to play with all types of people. The highlights have not been only playing with people, but forming friendships as well.

RA:  It looks like you’ve been on the road quite a bit lately, do you have any funny or interesting stories about the people you’ve met or what you’ve experienced?

Trevor:  The road is always surprising. You never know who you are going to see or what is going to happen. This time around we had a little funny situation where we ran out of gas in the middle of no where in Montana. Within moments my drummer, Chris Steele, flagged down a car of 3 cowboys and got in the car with them to go get gas. After he left, my bass player, Super Mario, and I wondered if it was the best idea, wondered if we would ever see him again. Chris returned, and we made it to the next gig 🙂

RA:  Unity is one of those songs that just sounds so natural and organic and really has the ability to just bring people together.  Can you tell me a little about the writing process for that song and the experience of working with Matisyahu?

Trevor:  I’m in the dressing room right now in Illinois. Just got off stage with Matisyahu singing that song. It is always a blessing sharing the stage with him. I love him greatly and really hopes he continues to flourish. “Unity” was written during our last tour together during the time of the Mumbai shootings. There was a Jewish Temple there and the couple inside had died. Matisyahu knew of the people so it really hit a little closer to home. The whole tour we were really discussing and meditating on why people fight and kill in the name of God and Religion. It made us so unhappy. Also, there were other things happening on that tour that were related to that situation. The pot kept brewing and brewing until that song came out the last show of the tour.

RA:  Although you don’t seem to be a household name yet, the response I’ve gotten from everyone who’s heard your music is the same, they all just think its reeaaallly really good.  It seems to be just a matter of time before the word spreads and you have a huge break.  Do you feel like that’s where you are?  Or is this tour with Matisyahu really the big break?  Where do you see yourself in the near future?

Trevor:  I try not to think about the future or where I could be. I am blessed to be playing music every night and doing what I love. Where the Almighty wants me, She shall put me there. I have no fear.

RA:  I know there have been ups and downs, and I’m sure the road hasn’t always been easy, but it seems like you’ve come really far at a young age, was there ever a time when you didn’t think you’d make it, or when you weren’t sure that this was the right path for you?

Trevor:  Plenty of times. That even happens now some times when I am really tired and burnt out. But those thoughts pass quickly. Music is what I love, but I also believe that it is my service to the world and to others. It is my duty…no matter what happens.

RA:  I really do think your music has a way of reaching out to everyone and touching them in a very inspirational way.  Are there any final thoughts you’d like to leave for your fans and our readers?

Trevor:  Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I hope the music inspires you in a positive way. Love all, Serve All, and tell the Truth.

Trevor Hall’s Official Website

Trevor Hall on Myspace

Trevor Hall on Lala

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