Interview: T. Mills
The rising star, T. Mills, stopped by for an interview to discuss his recently released free album "Leaving Home", and to give his fans some insight as to how he first got his foot in the door with music. With infectious songs such as "Hollywood", "Vans On", and "She Got A..." it's no wonder that he just recently signed a record deal with Columbia Records.
We've had several key people talking about you for a while. It seems as if you jumped into this industry in 2009. Are we correct?
I was doing everything myself in 2009. Played my first show.. started recording demos in my bedroom on garageband. I made a Myspace page, put two songs up and developed a following from there. I could see the demand for new music so I never stopped. I put out a music video that we made for $100 last summer while I was on tour and it ended up getting 90k+ views the first day. That's when the "industry" thing really began.
You have a bunch of tatoos that cover your fingers, neck, and arms. Which one means the most to you and why?
Not all of my tattoos have significant meaning, but my knuckles mean the most to me. they say "P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E". It's nice to be reminded of a thing I often forget.
You have already performed for large crowds at Bamboozle and the Roots Picnic. Was this a massive jump for you?
Frightened, No! It was more of not knowing what to expect. I wasn't sure if I would play in front of 50 or 5000. If anything it was a relief and made me super fucking excited to see how many fans I had at those festivals. It was a high.
Performing at some of these venues is sometimes dangerous. You posted up a picture on your facebook of your bruised up leg. Does it get worse?
*laughs* [Fans have] literally ripped shirts, jeans, pulled my hair and grabbed for goods with an intent ive never seen before. I just laugh. It's never gotten TOO bad tho. We played this show underground and it was so packed the only place I could go offstage was a closet when my set ended... we didn't have any security and the fans rushed the stage and tried to cram 10-15 girls in the closet with me.
We heard the only pairs of shoes that you ever wear are Vans. What's the reasoning behind this?
I've always worn vans. I like flat thin shoes. They go with everything. They're classic. It's just kind of my thing...
For your latest album, "Leaving Home", you recorded over 140 songs. What do you plan on doing with the rest of the tracks that are unreleased?
Every one of those songs was a learning experience for me. I literally lived in the studio for a few months. some i will release online and even shoot some videos for. some will stay locked in my itunes only to be heard by friends and family. i like reflecting on material that wont be released. take things from it and create something new. it takes me back to when i made the song.
From the 140 tracks you only chose 10 to make the cut. How did you manage to drastically reduce this number down?
First it was 16. Then it was 6. Then 12. Then 10. I really laid everything out on the table and cut the fat. I had songs with features and decided to save them for something else. Songs with producers that couldnt get finished in time. It was difficult and time consuming but I'm happy with the way I presented this body of work. I have so much new music coming out as well... till' then...