Trevor Ohlsen is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and record producer. He was born and raised in Iron Mountain, MI. In 2014 he attended McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minnesota as a guitar
performance major before dropping out after only a year to pursue a career in the music industry. Playing around the Twin Cities Trevor played at coffee shops, bars, and other small local events that would have him. His most notable performance was with Youtuber Tyler Ward at 7th Street Entry, an “inspiring” night from which Ohlsen says “gave me a little taste of what’s to come in the future”. Moving back home in 2016 to focus on writing and find a sense of direction, Trevor has worked timelessly to perfect his craft as a singer, a songwriter, and performing artist. Signing up for Upper Michigan’s ‘906 Got Talent’, a talent competition of singers, comedians, and other acts, Ohlsen came in 2nd out of 50, leaving him with a $1,500 prize and more opportunities. With his songs Michigan’ and ‘Speechless’ finding success on local radio stations, Ohlsen looks forward to expanding his career by releasing singles, touring, and immersing himself in a career of music.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I feel like Folk/Pop would be the most accurate genre in describing my music. I describe my sound as sort of easy listening; I've been told I have a rather "chilled vibe" by many. Which I'm cool with. I'm a fairly chill dude.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
This one's a wild one. My parents gave it to me at birth. Shocking right?
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
My first big influence was John Mayer. I enjoyed his Room For Squares album, but once I heard Continuum I was hooked. I connected with his music more than I had with anyone else's. More recent influences include Ed Sheeran and Passenger; those sort of singer-songwriters that leave you with the feels afterwards.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I've recently recorded a new single in Minneapolis that's coming out in the beginning of May. I'll be heading back there soon to record again. You can expect a number of singles coming out over the next few months.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal involving my career in music is to be heard by as many people as possible. Being able to tour the world and have a supportive fanbase that comes out wherever I go, that's the goal. My plan of action is simple: Work hard everyday and create meaningful music that people can enjoy and connect with.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Michigan is probably my favorite track to perform live. Firstly because it's a very emotional song that I wrote when I was living away from home. And secondly because my audience always seems to connect with it. Everyone knows the feeling of being away from home, missing your family, your friends. The song sort of lets everyone know that it's okay to feel those feelings of sadness when you're away from home for so long.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
To just always keep moving forward. It's easy to get discouraged when things don't happen right away. And that's where a lot of people give up. But if you can get out of your head about it, make the content, be consistent and work hard, eventually you start to get your footing.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Each song can be different. I can have a single line pop into my head, or it could be a melody. Usually I just work off whichever comes to mind first and go from there. There's never any set rules though. I just do whatever feels right.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
It's been huge for me. I've been able to reach millions of people, and usually from the comfort of my own bedroom! Countless opportunities have come because of it.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
It's really all over the place, but I've really been digging Zach Williams album Chain Breaker. Other tracks include 'Big For Your Boots' by Stormzy, Shawn Mendes' 'In My Blood' and pretty much all of NF's 'Perception' album. See what I mean? All over the place.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I've been making music since I was 10. But I had a very normal childhood growing up. I was into soccer and baseball for a number of years. I did Tai Kwon Do and kickboxing for eight years until my senior year of high school. I still enjoy fitness. It's part of my daily routine now more than ever.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Music is just like any other industry. A lot of people will tell you that it's impossible to be successful but that's simply not true. Word hard, learn the business and JUST START!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
The music industry is an ever changing one. I actually find the changes rather exciting. As long as you can adapt to the changes I would say there's nothing I would really change. The industry is going right where it's suppose to be going.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
I think it's crucial to be true to yourself in your music. Writing from your own life experiences I would say is very important. Only you can create the music you'll create. If you don't do it, no one else will. At least not in the same way you would.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I wrote my first song at 10 and have written several hundred since. I'm also really looking to grow my Spotify via playlist Curators. Other than that I think that covers it!
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