Travis performing in Hollywood in 2013
|Birth name||Travis Tatum Mills|
|Also known as||
|Born||April 12, 1989|
|Origin||Riverside, California, United States|
Travis Tatum Mills (born April 12, 1989) better known by his stage name Travis Mills (who was previously known as T. Mills), is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and actor from the Riverside of California. In the beginning of his music career, Mills released his debut studio album Ready Fire Aim (2010), under Uprising Records, before he left the label. After signing the new recording contract to Columbia Records, Mills released two EPs: Leaving Home EP (2012) and All I Wanna Do (2014). In July 2015, Mills changed his stage name into his artistic name as "Travis Mills". Following his name change, he began hosting the Request show on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station. Mills signed to Republic Records (under the distribution of Lava Records), and then announced that he is expecting to released his new album sometime in 2016.
Travis Tatum Mills was born on April 12, 1989, in Riverside, California. At the age of 5, Mills' uncle gave him his first guitar, he started playing it on a daily basis. At the age of 15, Mills dropped out of sports to start his own punk rock band with his high school friends.
2008–2011: Vans Warped Tour, Ready, Fire, Aim! and Leaving Home
At the age of 17, Mills' music career started, when he began writing his songs in his own bedroom and then he began using amongst the music's software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Reason for the purpose of creating some of these backtracks. At the age of 18, he began posting his music on his official Myspace page. In 2009, Mills would gained some attention, who they were supporting all of his self-releasing projects. With all this support, it has given him a spot to headlined and performed at the 2009's Vans Warped Tour. Following his several notable live performances, Mills has been offered from these multiple record labels. He signed a deal to the independently-incorporated label, called Laguna Beach, under the distribution from Uprising Records. Following his signing, he released his first extended play (EP), titled Finders Keepers on July 14, 2009. He then released his first official independent album, titled Ready, Fire, Aim! on September 28, 2010.
In 2011, Mills announced that he signed a deal to Columbia Records. Following the signing, he began recording his first official studio album. During the seven month recording session, he announced that he had completed around 140 songs that has narrowed it down to 10, which would be included on one of his free projects that he could send to his fans. He later revealed that one of these free projects happens to be his second extended play (EP), titled Leaving Home. Under his association with Columbia Records, Mills' second EP, Leaving Home was available for retailed stores and was officially released on December 13, 2011. This EP includes his breakout song, titled "Vans On". In December 2011, Mills released a non-album track, "Beat It Up". The track features guest vocals from a fellow American southern hip hop rapper and producer Juicy J.
In March 2012, Mills was nominated for the Best New Artist at the MtvU's Woodie Awards. On July 23, 2012, Mills released his second mixtape, Thrillionaire. The mixtape features guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Audio Push and James Fauntleroy II, while the production was handled by Sledgren, The Monsters and the Strangerz and Kane Beatz, among others. The music videos was shot and filmed for songs such as "Lightweight", "Diemonds" and "Other Bitch Callin'". Following the release of Thrillionaire, Mills announced that he is planning on releasing the sequel for his second mixtape, called Thrillionaire 2. Mills announced that he has slated the release for his major-label debut studio album in the second quarter of 2013. It was reported that Mills was in the studio working on his new album with the other artists such as Juicy J, Mike Posner, James Fauntleroy, Travis Barker, Layzie Bone and Skeme, with the production that is rumored to be provided by Mills' himself, alongside Kane Beatz, 1500 or Nothin', Malay and Boi-1da, among others. On February 15, 2013, Mills announced that his first official single for his major-label debut will be coming soon. On March 5, 2013, the song, called "Loud", was released for digital download. On the following day, the music video was released for "Loud". The song was produced by Pop Wansel and it contains a sample of "I Know You Got Soul" performed by Eric B. and Rakim. He spoke about the hook of this song, saying that "the hook for the song was one of his favorites out of all the hooks, he has ever written".
In April 2013, Mills was touring throughout the United States, with an American rapper Sammy Adams. On June 27, 2013, Mills featured on Mike Posner's remix of "We Own It (Fast & Furious)", along with Sammy Adams and Niykee Heaton. Since then, Mills has been touring the United States with We the Kings, and the fellow supporting acts The Ready Set and Breathe Carolina on the 2013's SummerFest. The music video for the album's second single, "All I Wanna Do", was shot and filmed in July 2013. Starting on February 24 through April 24, 2014, T. Mills will be headlining on his All I Wanna Do Tour. On February 18, 2014, T. Mills announced the All I Wanna Do EP. On February 24, 2014, Mills released the audio to "All I Wanna Do". On the following day, Mills officially released the All I Wanna Do EP, via iTunes. The EP features production from Boi-1da and Malay. In July 2015, Mills decided to change his artistic name to Travis Mills, for all social networks and official website purposes, and also announced the release of his new single, titled "Young & Stupid", which features guest vocals from fellow rapper T.I., was released on July 24, 2015.
2015 - Present
On January 22, 2016, it was announced that Mills has released the new single, called "Don't Need Much". The song was released through Republic Records, and was available for streaming on Soundcloud on the same day of release. The beat from "Don't Need Much" was sampled from a single of the Dutch rappers Lil' Kleine and Ronnie Flex. In March 2016, Mills made his acting debut in the Netflix original comedy series Flaked.
After signing a label deal with First Access Entertainment, Travis released a six song EP on April 8th, 2016 titled "While You Wait".  While currently working on new music, Travis walked in this summer's New York and Paris fashion shows where he was named one of the best dressed by GQ Magazine .
Travis Mills music has been described as genre-bending as he mixes singing with rapping and pop production. Mills is known to have pop/electronic songs mixed with hip hop and R&B. Mills says his genre blending music comes from different tastes in his family during his childhood. He has said as a kid his, "Mom was a huge Queen fan, my dad’s a diehard Elvis fan, my uncle is a hip-hop and R&B head, my sister listened to Britney Spears, country and boy bands and I was into pop punk, punk rock, metal and just into everything." He has indicated that his rapping style is influenced by Kanye West and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, among others.
Travis Mills is heavily tattooed, which includes a full sleeve on one arm and a Bone Thugs-n-Harmony tattoo on his chest, in addition to many others. He also designated the letters "FTH" ("Fuck The Haters", "Forever The Highest") on his forehead, the "O" with a heart behind his left ear representing his sisters name and the word "Patience" tatted on his knuckles his favorites. Mills also got the word "Gnarly" tattooed across his stomach at age 18. A couple months after that he did his first self tattoo which he has got better at doing since then. He was known for his large stretched ears which he started stretching when he was 15. However, he had them sewn up in 2013. He is also known for his heavy marijuana use with his favorite being sativa. He uses mainly G Pen Personal Vaporizers, blunts or bongs to smoke. Travis is known for his large following on multiple social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|US||US R&B||US Rap|
|Ready, Fire, Aim!||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Finders Keepers EP||
|Leaving Home EP||—||—||—|
|All I Wanna Do||
|While You Wait||
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.|
- Leaving Home (2011)
- Thrillionaire (2012)
|2010||"Stupid Boy"||Ready, Fire, Aim!|
|"She Got A..."|
|2011||"Vans On"||Leaving Home EP|
|2014||"All I Wanna Do"||All I Wanna Do|
|2015||"Young & Stupid"||TBA|
|2016||"Don't Need Much"||TBA|
|"Size of Your Boat" (Remix)||2010||Jeffree Star||N/A|
|"Another One"||2012||Ty$, Dom Kennedy||Beach House|
|"Sally Walker"||Audio Push||Inland Empire|
|"Started from the Bottom" (Remix)||2013||Mike Posner, Asher Roth, King Chip||N/A|
|"We Own It" (Remix)||Mike Posner, Sammy Adams, Niykee Heaton|
|2016||Flaked||Stefan||TV series (3 episodes)|
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