T. Mills

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Travis Mills
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Travis performing in Hollywood in 2013
Background information
Birth name Travis Tatum Mills
Also known as
  • T. Mills
  • T. Million
Born (1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 (age 26)
Origin Riverside, California, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active 2009–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website http://iamtravismills.com

Travis Tatum Mills (born April 12, 1989) better known by his stage name Travis Mills (or T. Mills), is an American recording artist and singer-songwriter from Riverside, California. Mills released his first independent album, titled Ready Fire Aim (2010), under Uprising Records. Mills then released two EPs: Leaving Home EP (2012) and All I Wanna Do (2014), under Columbia Records. Mills was intended to released his first major-label debut album for 2013 or 2014, before he left the Columbia Records. As a signee artist for Republic Records and Lava Records, Mills is setting on releasing his first major-label debut album for 2015.

In July 2015, Mills revealed that he has changed his artistic name from "T. Mills" to "Travis Mills". Following his name change, he then began hosting the Request show on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio station.[1]

Early life[edit]

Travis Tatum Mills was born on April 12, 1989, in Riverside, California.[2] At the age of 5, Mills' uncle gave him his first guitar. When he was 15 years old, Mills begin dropping out of sports, to try to start the punk rock band, with his friends.[3] During his interview, he stated that the group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony has inspired him to be starting rapping, with the way they mixed-rapping and singing into their songs.[4]

Career[edit]

2008–2011: Vans Warped Tour, Ready, Fire, Aim! and Leaving Home[edit]

When Mills was 17 years old, he began his music career by writing some of his tracks and songs in his bedroom; using software's, such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Reason, to begin creating some backtracks for his songs. When Mills was 18 years old, he has been posting some of his music on his MySpace.[5][6] In 2009, Mills quickly gaining the attention through the self-releasing music online, which led him to a spot on the Vans Warped Tour, to be performing at the babycakes-shaped merchandised tents.[7] After several notable live performances, Mills was getting offered record deals by multiple labels, before he signed a deal to Laguna Beach label; which is the distribution deal to Uprising Records. After signing to the label, he then released his first EP, titled Finders Keepers on July 14, 2009. Following the release of his first album, titled Ready, Fire, Aim! on September 28, 2010.[8][9]

T. Mills performing during March 2012.

In 2011, Mills announced that he has signed a deal to Columbia Records, and then he'll be recording his new album. During the 7-month recording session, he'd announced that he had made around 140 songs, which he was able to narrowing it down about 10. He then decided that instead to released his new album, he is releasing a free project to the fans, which happened to be his second EP; under the title Leaving Home.[10] Under his association with Columbia Records, Mills released his second EP, Leaving Home, which availably for retailed stores on December 13, 2011.[11] The EP includes the his breakout song and latter released as the single, "Vans On".[12][13] In December 2011, Mills released a non-album track, "Beat It Up" features guest vocals from a fellow rapper and a producer Juicy J.

2012–present: Thrillionaire, All I Wanna Do and his major-label debut[edit]

In March 2012, Mills received a nomination for the Best New Artist at the MtvU's Woodie Awards.[14] On July 23, 2012, Mills released his second mixtape, Thrillionaire. The mixtape features guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Audio Push and James Fauntleroy II,[15] while the production was handled by Sledgren, The Monsters and the Strangerz and Kane Beatz, among others.[16] The music videos was shot and filmed for songs, such as "Lightweight", "Diemonds" and "Other Bitch Callin'", as part of this promotion for the mixtape.[3][17][18] Upon the release of Thrillionaire, Mills has announced that he is planning on releasing a sequel to his first mixtape, called Thrillionaire 2; in which has been already completed and finalized.[19]

Mills then announced the release of his first major-label debut album for the second quarter of 2013.[19] Mills was even in each recording studios, working on the album with artists, such as Juicy J, Mike Posner, James Fauntleroy, Travis Barker, Layzie Bone and Skeme; with the productions handled by Mills' himself, alongside Kane Beatz, 1500 or Nothin', Malay and Boi-1da, among others.[3][19][20][21][22][23][24] On February 15, 2013, Mills announced that his first official single for his major-label debut will be coming soon.[25] On March 5, 2013, the song, titled "Loud", was released for digital download. On the following day, the music video was released for "Loud".[26][27] The song was produced by Pop Wansel and contains a samples of "I Know You Got Soul," performed by Eric B. and Rakim.[28] 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".[23]

In April 2013, Mills has been touring throughout the United States, with an American rapper Sammy Adams.[29] On June 27, Mills featured on Mike Posner's remix of "We Own It (Fast & Furious)", along with Sammy Adams and Niykee Heaton.[30] Since then, Mills has been touring the United States with We the Kings, and fellow supporting acts The Ready Set and Breathe Carolina on the 2013's SummerFest.[31] The music video for the album's second single "All I Wanna Do", was shot in July 2013.[32] Starting on February 24 through April 24, 2014, T. Mills will be headlining on his All I Wanna Do Tour.[14] On February 18, 2014, T. Mills announced the All I Wanna Do EP.[33] On February 24, 2014, Mills released the audio to "All I Wanna Do". On the following day, T. Mills released the All I Wanna Do EP to iTunes. The EP features production from Boi-1da and Malay.[14] In July 2015, Mills has decided to start changing 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" featuring T.I., which was released on July 24, 2015.[1][34]

On January 22, 2016, it was announced that Mills has released his new single "Don't Need Much".[35][36] The song was released through Republic Records, and was available for streaming on Soundcloud on the same day of release.[37] The beat from "Don't Need Much" was sampled from a single of the Dutch rappers Lil' Kleine and Ronnie Flex.

Musical style[edit]

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.[38] Mills says his genre blending music comes from different tastes in his family during his childhood.[9] 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."[23] He has indicated that his rapping style is influenced by Kanye West and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony among others.[28]

Personal life[edit]

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.[21][39][40] 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.[41]

He was known for his large stretched ears which he started stretching when he was 15.[42] 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.[40] T. Mills is known for his large following on multiple social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook[43] and Instagram.[38]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US US R&B US Rap
Ready, Fire, Aim!
TBA TBR TBR TBR
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
US R&B
US Rap
Finders Keepers EP
Leaving Home EP
All I Wanna Do 16
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Leaving Home (2011)
  • Thrillionaire (2012)
  • Thrillionaire 2 (TBA)

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2010 "Stupid Boy" Ready, Fire, Aim!
"She Got A..."
2011 "Vans On" Leaving Home EP
2012 "Lightweight" Thrillionaire
"Diemonds"
2013 "Loud" Non-album single
2014 "All I Wanna Do" All I Wanna Do
2015 "Young & Stupid" TBA
2016 "Don't Need Much" TBA

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"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

References[edit]

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  28. ^ a b "Our New YNG FAV: T. Mills | NBC 7 San Diego". Nbcsandiego.com. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  29. ^ "Announcing the Sammy Adams & T.Mills Tour | The Official T Mills Site". Tmillsmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  30. ^ "New Music: Mike Posner f/ T. Mills, Sammy Adams, & Niykee Heaton – ‘We Own It (Remix)’". Rap-Up. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
  31. ^ "We The Kings announce "Summer Fest" tour with Breathe Carolina, the Ready Set and T. Mills - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
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  36. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dont-need-much-single/id1072821239?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
  37. ^ https://soundcloud.com/tmills/dontneedmuch
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  39. ^ "Buzzworthy Blog Exclusive: T. Mill Q&A | Video". MTV. 2011-12-14. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  40. ^ a b "Daily Loud Interview With T. Mills". YouTube. 2012-11-30. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  41. ^ "#TatTales Week 2: T. Mills (@ilovetmills)". The Source. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  42. ^ "Pop artist T. Mills takes out his ear plug for Kobi - YouTube". YouTube.com. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  43. ^ "Maria Luiza Luz". Facebook. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 

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