In Moonlight (3.25.16)
“Song 2 (Blur Cover)”
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“A brilliant new artist.” – Zane Lowe Beats 1 world premiere
“A rising talent to put your focus on.” – Kick Kick Snare
“Indie singer-songwriter Trevor James Tillery delivers a delicious dream-pop delicacy with his latest music video, “Sleeptalking.” – The Advocate
“blends gentle electronics in with his laid back singing.” – PopMatters
“Trevor James Tillery has a knack for creating gorgeous soundscapes.” – Surviving The Golden Age
“I’m happy that Trevor James Tillery decided to take the song to a darker, more intense place. ‘Song 2’ deserved it.” – Beautiful Song of the Week
It’s not the destination, but the journey. That’s an old adage, but it’s one that Trevor James Tillery knows to be true. The musician, born in Indianapolis and raised in Phoenix, has traveled a winding road of self-discovery as an artist, one that he knows has been instrumental in making him who he is today. Trevor began learning guitar at age 13 and spent his high school years playing in bands, veering across a variety of musical styles. It wasn’t until he was 18 that he began exploring his voice, shyly singing at home or in the car until he gained enough confidence to perform onstage. He moved from Phoenix to Seattle, back to Phoenix, then to Nashville, exploring different incarnations of bands and perfomative experiences. He wrote for other musicians, but always found himself returning to his own music. Being an artist was something he couldn’t shake.
As Trevor searched for the best expression of his creative sensibilities, he simultaneously searched for himself. At age 25, while living and playing in Nashville, Trevor came out as gay, a deeply freeing experience that left him with a lingering sense of relief. His feelings about his sexuality traced through his songwriting as he gave voice to the liberation of finally becoming who you are. His music experienced its own release, mirroring the newfound honesty and self-acceptance of Trevor’s life in its lyrics. His journey brought him to Los Angeles, where he settled in August 2014 and began pursuing his career under his own name for the first time.
Trevor’s debut EP, In Moonlight, was recorded last February in Nashville with Joshua D Niles, a producer Trevor has collaborated with for many years. “Silver Sea,” a dynamic indie pop song, was co-written with his best friend Nick Duplessis about the death of his friend’s father, and ultimately acts a catharsis of both musicians’ grief. “Out of Time” traces similar sentiments of loss, written in only a few minutes while Trevor was playing piano one afternoon, while “Carry You Down” searches for the positivity in a dark situation. Throughout the EP there is a clear sense of exploration as the music takes unexpected turns and revels in what Trevor calls “happy accidents.” He aims to never paint the same picture twice, an idea that resonates through the music.
“The songs on the EP are all about the dark before the dawn,” Trevor explains of its title. “They were all written during a time when a lot was going on with me personally – coming out of the closet, health scares with people I care about. There’s a lot of songs about life and death and how those tie in together. It feels like something you’d listen to on a night drive or with your eyes closed and your headphones on. But even as it feels like the dark before the dawn, there are elements of light. In the end, it leaves you with hope.”
Trevor, who is inspired by risk-taking artists like Beck, Ryan Adams and Air, will expand on the songs as he performs live this year, augmenting the relatable nature of his thoughtful and emotionally expressive music. He will begin recording his debut full-length later this year and hopes to continue on his ongoing voyage of self-discovery. Without the road before, he couldn’t be where he is now. “Songwriting is like fishing or mining for gold,” the musician notes. “The song is always out there somewhere, but you have to be available and open for it. My only real goal is to write great songs that connect with people. Everything I’ve done has brought me here and I know this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”