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Patient: Travis Szendrei
Members: Travis Szendrei
MK Ultra is LIVE Performer of the Year Recipient at the 2013 Los Angeles Music Awards. After seeing MK Ultra's performance at the St Jude Children's Research Hospital Red Carpet & Charity Event at the 2014 Artists In Music Awards showcase, Travis Szendrei of MK Ultra was Nominated immediately after his performance and was invited to perform at the awards ceremony at Avalon in Hollywood for the 23rd Annual LA Music Awards.
About MK Ultra
MK Ultra is the solo project of Travis Szendrei. Szendrei performs vocals, and is a multi-instrumentalist who writes and records the material. Aaron Bagley, who Szendrei met when he was just learning music, is the producer along with Szendrei of the upcoming debut album titled, “Documentation.”
Szendrei’s second musical project titled, "A New Vision" became the third best selling album in the northeast area. The music of MK Ultra is much different as it is fueled by raw emotion from life events Szendrei has experienced since moving to Los Angeles. The sound is best described dreamy, ambient, indie, pop all compiled into his most emotional record to date.
Szendrei finished putting the finishing touches on MK Ultra’s debut album, “Documentation,” and is now available on iTunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody, and all digital retailers across the world. Also available is his other songwriting project, "Dreams in Stereo."
“The reason why I picked the name MK Ultra is because I went through several car accidents. Accidents that nearly killed me in more ways than one. A lot of the lyrics deal with coping with this situation, and the aftermath.”
“If anything I feel like a patient during something similar to Project MK Ultra practices by the CIA. I’m constantly under tests for my health. I spend the majority of my time in doctor’s offices and trying to figure out what the best formula is for pain control, sleep deprivation, and post traumatic stress disorder. With a lot of medications, I have bad reactions too, so it’s back to the drawing board with a lot of experimentation. However, on the upside it has triggered a huge amount of creativity. When your brain goes through this, it affects your emotions and your way of thinking,” Szendrei explains.
Through this process Szendrei has certainly found out who his real friends are. Growing up very sheltered, Szendrei thought as one makes a transition into adulthood people have it more together. But, as many of the lyrical content indicates, it is often the opposite.
“For me, as a writer in this project, I really don’t care what people think. It’s art. I’m hoping that people can relate to it as a story of survival but you have to write from your soul to make it real and be real no matter what the consequences. I don’t second-guess if someone may take something the wrong way. On the instrumental side, I want to provoke emotion from that alone. It is about reaching the intelligent listener and putting them through an emotional journey,” Szendrei says.
The sarcastic song “Let’s Go” is up for free download as “Documentation” goes through the final stages for the release.