Travis Tillery brings brash, in-your- face music to the world
with new mixtape ‘Kiss the Rings, Bitch!’
BROOKLYN, NY – Right off the bat, Travis Tillery wants you to know something: he’s the greatest singer/songwriter/producer of all time.
It’s a bold claim, and he knows it. He also knows that if you were to take any one of those individual things and put him up against others in the world, he might not be able to make that claim. But when it comes to artists who are a triple threat, Tillery said he thinks he has what it takes to be known as the best ever.
Listeners can decide for themselves with his new project, “Kiss the Rings, Bitch!” It’s a mixtape that Tillery has been developing for the better part of a year, and it’s a project that he said showcases his skills as a singer, songwriter and producer all in one perfect musical offering. He chose to name the mixtape this because it best captures the attitude he has at the moment, and it helps him address those who have doubted him or spoken negatively toward him along the way.
“It’s my message of blocking out all that noise and saying, ‘Fuck you,’ to be frank about it,” he said. “I can do whatever I want, and I believe my talents are there. When you listen to this mixtape you will feel the music. I know when I herald myself as the greatest of all time that might sound cocky, but I’ve been doing music for a long time and I feel very confident in this project. I may not be the best at any one single thing, but with a combination of those things I am. I’ve released several projects over the years where I’ve done all three – singing, songwriting and producing. And I think people know from those projects that my creative aspect sets me apart. Some of it is the diverse influences I’ve had over the years – from hip-hop to rock to alternative groups like The Dave Mathews Band or Coldplay. These are sounds that you don’t normally hear in urban music or hip-hop or R&B. But I go outside the box when it comes to creating sounds in those genres. I like to expand people’s minds and give a new spin and take on what’s going on out there. That’s why I say I’m the greatest of all time – there’s not really a voice out there like mine at the moment, and I’m going to prove it and show it through my performances.”
The mixtape features 11 different songs that explore a variety of different topics. Some are brash and showing off, while others embrace a nice hip-hop beat, and still others are mid-tempo with a vibe that allows listeners to just bop their heads to it. The first single off the mixtape is a song called “Radio Killer.” It’s a song that Tillery said deals with the difficult subject of aggravated harassment by way of telling a story from a moment in his own life. And though it is one of those brash, in-your- face kinds of songs, Tillery said he hopes people won’t jump to
conclusions without really diving into the music first.
“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” he said. “Yes, I’m brash and polarizing for some people. But I’m a musician who pushes the conversation. I’m more progressive and more aware of our First Amendment Rights, and I want to start a conversation to talk more about where we are withour art and music, and where it can go. So, yes, as long as it’s not threatening of anyone, I’m going to be provocative and sometimes graphic.”
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