We had the good fortune of connecting with Travis Dupri and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Travis, can you tell us about an impactful book you’ve read and why you liked it or what impact it had on you?
A book that I read that had a major impact on me is titled, “The Alchemist”. I like The Alchemist because the protagonist in the story seemed just like so many people in the world searching for their purpose in life, but especially myself. The impact that the book had on me is that although we may find success where we currently are in life, we still have to live out our life purpose, which is our true aspirations, and that does not go away.
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’m Travis Dupri Williams, I go by Travis Dupri which is funny because I hated my middle name when I was a kid. I used to wish my middle name was Brandon or something like that. Even funnier that my mom wanted my first name to be Dupri. However, I love the uniqueness of it now.
I’m a music artist. I started making music with my cousins. When we were younger, we would freestyle and had a little group called the Fitted Bandits because we all stayed with a fresh fitted hat on. My cousin,Tahjaun, learned how to somehow record music through a stereo speaker. That was the first time I heard my voice and I sounded like 50 Cent haha. From there, I ended up recording music in a college dorm room that sounded so professional you couldn’t tell it was produced by college kids in a dorm room. My girlfriend at the time and I went around to the local clubs and had them play the song in clubs, it was crazy.
I’m most proud about my growth in music and my longevity.I have been doing music for a while now and to still have people who enjoy my work is amazing and a blessing. I’m excited about my new album that I am working on with my friend, Chris King. Chris is a super talented producer out in Nashville. I can’t wait for everyone to hear the new music. I feel that it’s never easy when you’re working with creativity. Yes, you can find a flow and the momentum carry you, but I feel that you put so much into true creativity that at times it can become draining, especially when putting your all into it. Overcoming burnout and being able to create authentic music comes from taking breaks, gathering new information, experiencing, taking time, learning, at least that’s how I create.
Lessons I have learned along that way is that you cannot please everyone, and you get out what you put in. Faith without works is dead. I want the world to know that Travis loves his family more than anything, that’s why I do everything I do, they’re my muse. I’m also terrible at social Media, I’m a very private person unless you’re apart of my circle. And finally, creating music is my happy place, one of the best things that I am good at.
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?
I live in a small town but we have great places to eat. There’s this sushi spot called Chopsticks, that’s a must for lunch. If my friend wasn’t feeling sushi, we would drive about an 1 and a half to the nearest ShakeShack. Who doesn’t like Shake Shack? In my opinion, it’s Shake Shack, In and Out, and then Whatta Burger. For dinner, I’m kind of a homebody so I would throw something on the grill. I consider myself a chef, so maybe we would do steaks and baked potatoes. For breakfast, I would make pancakes. For some fun, we could hit the river in Harpers Ferry and do white water rafting or the lazy river and kick back.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shout-out to God, for giving me the strength and gifts to do what I’m able to do… as well and my wife and kids for supporting me and my dreams, and enjoying the journey with me.
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