We had the good fortune of connecting with Travis Darby and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Travis, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued a artistic career because I simply always had a love for art & music, I started drawing young as young as a toddler and did that all the way until high school senior year but started music production around the age of 14, there was a period where I did try to do graphic design but realized that wasnt for me so I stuck to music.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I produce records mainly for upcoming talents right now specifically in Hip-Hop/Rap & R&B, I got to where I am today by networking through music forums and social media, it can be difficult because sometimes the ideas you and the other artist have may not click or plans may not go as expected but I was told if its something you want you gotta push through,, I learned you cant force things to happen and you gotta let it come naturally and things will work out when they need to but Im proud of the progression Im making sonically because I want to create sounds you wont forget and Im excited of the work I been creating with some of the artist and we’ll release it when we feel its ready to be heard.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
theres a lot of things to do in D.C. we could stop at the National Museum of African American History and Culture or could hit U Street or Adams Morgan and Lounge and Bar hop or one of the other spots in Northwest like Rosebar or we could head Northeast and go to somewhere like Kick Axe Throwing, check out some of the new spots opening up in Navy Yard or the Waterfront or we can stretch it out and go anywhere in the DMV area, lots to check out.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shoutout all the creatives I know because without them I couldnt do what I do, thats AJB4, Uncle Trey, Mitchie Carey, Digi Dash, Kontos, Lendryx, Mills The Gawd, Gats and all of the Bluuzone/Drop City Collective, Rabbani, Pardeep, Straight to the Point, Sinclair6ix its so many to name, they all deserve recognition because theyre all talented, very creative and hard working in this as well.

Website: soundcloud.com/Tra-royal

Instagram: instagram.com/Tra_Royal.music

Twitter: twitter.com/Tra_Royal

Other: twitch.tv/Tra_Royal

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