Travis Mills

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Travis Mills
Travis Mills.jpg
Travis in 2016
Background information
Birth name Travis Tatum Mills
Also known as
  • T. Mills
  • T. Million
Born (1989-04-12) April 12, 1989 (age 27)
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 (whose once known by his previous stage name T. Mills), is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and actor from the Riverside, California. T. Mills released his 2010's debut studio effort Ready Fire Aim (on Uprising Records), and released both of his EPs, one in 2012, and one in 2014 (on Columbia Records). In July 2015, Mills changed his stage name to artistic as "Travis Mills". Following the name change, he has been hosting The Request Show on Apple Music's Beats 1.[1] Travis Mills signed to Republic Records imprint, under the aegis of Lava Records, and announced that he has slated the expected release date for his new album sometime in the year 2016.

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, 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 fellow high school friends.[3]

Career[edit]

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

At the age of 17, Mills started his music career, when he began writing his songs in his own bedroom, and then he began using some's music software and other websites such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Reason for the purpose of creating some of these backtracks. At the age of 18, he has been posting music on his Myspace page.[4][5]

T. Mills performing during March 2012.

In 2011, Mills announced that he had signed a deal to Columbia Records. Following the signing, he began recording his second studio album, which took place within seven months. He then announced that he had completed around 140 songs that he later had to 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.[6] Under his association with Columbia Records, Mills' second EP, Leaving Home was available for retailed stores and was officially released on December 13, 2011.[7] This EP includes his breakout song, titled "Vans On".[8][9] In December 2011, Mills released a non-album track, called "Beat It Up". The track features guest vocals from a southern hip hop rapper and producer Juicy J.

2012–2015[edit]

In March 2012, Mills was nominated for the Best New Artist at the MtvU's Woodie Awards.[10] On July 23, 2012, Mills released his second mixtape, Thrillionaire. The mixtape features guest appearances from Smoke DZA, Audio Push and James Fauntleroy II,[11] with the production that was handled by Sledgren, The Monsters and the Strangerz and Kane Beatz, among others.[12] The music videos was shot and filmed for songs such as "Lightweight", "Diemonds" and "Other Bitch Callin'".[3][13][14] Following the release of Thrillionaire, Mills announced that he was planning on releasing the sequel to his second mixtape, called Thrillionaire 2.[15] Mills announced that he has slated the release date for his major-label debut studio album in the second quarter of 2013.[15] 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.[3][15][16][17][18][19][20] On February 15, 2013, Mills announced that his first official single for his major-label debut will be coming soon.[21] On March 5, 2013, the audio for his song, called "Loud" was released for digital download. On the following day, the music video was released for "Loud".[22][23] The song was produced by Pop Wansel and contains a sample of "I Know You Got Soul" performed by Eric B. and Rakim.[24] He went on saying that "the hook for the song was one of his favorites out of all the hooks, he has ever written".[19]

In April 2013, Mills was touring throughout the United States, with an American rapper Sammy Adams.[25] On June 27, 2013, Mills featured on Mike Posner's remix of "We Own It (Fast & Furious)", along with Sammy Adams and Niykee Heaton.[26] 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.[27] The music video for the single, called "All I Wanna Do", was shot and filmed in July 2013.[28] Starting on February 24 through April 24, 2014, T. Mills will be headlining on his All I Wanna Do Tour.[10] On February 18, 2014, T. Mills announced the All I Wanna Do EP.[29] 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.[10] 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.[1][30]

2015 - Present[edit]

On January 22, 2016, it was announced that Mills has released the new single, called "Don't Need Much".[31][32] The song was released through Republic Records, and was available for streaming on Soundcloud on the same day of release.[33] 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.[34]

After signing a label deal with First Access Entertainment, Travis released a six song EP on April 8, 2016 titled "While You Wait".[35] 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.[36]

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.[37] Mills says his genre blending music comes from different tastes in his family during his childhood.[38] 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."[19] He has indicated that his rapping style is influenced by Kanye West and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, among others.[24]

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.[17][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] Travis is known for his large following on multiple social media websites such as Twitter, Facebook[43] and Instagram.[37]

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
While You Wait
  • Released: April 8, 2016
  • Label: First Access Entertainment
  • Format: Digital download
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Mixtapes[edit]

  • Leaving Home (2011)
  • Thrillionaire (2012)

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

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2016 Flaked Stefan TV series (3 episodes)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Fleischer, Adam (2012-01-25). "The Break Presents: T. Mills - XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved 2015-07-10. 
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  28. ^ [1][dead link]
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  30. ^ http://highlineballroom.com/show/2015/06/22/2015-artist-to-watch-max-raury-jacob-whitesides/
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  32. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dont-need-much-single/id1072821239?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
  33. ^ https://soundcloud.com/tmills/dontneedmuch
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  35. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/while-you-wait-ep/id1100433242
  36. ^ http://www.gq.com/gallery/ten-best-dressed-men-of-the-week-7-16-16
  37. ^ a b "T.Mills: The Playlist Artist". Forbes. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  38. ^ "AOL.com Video - Rapper T. Mills on His Beginnings as a Musician". Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  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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