Music is a personal endeavor. Whether it's the listening experience or actually writing songs, there is a piece of you that goes into it and a piece of it that you take away. The music of Travis Joel is a piece of himself that is given to you so that you can make it part of you.
Making music the way Travis does is a craft that comes from years of hard work in various music scenes. In a way, you might say he has come full circle. From writing songs on his guitar at 13 years old to serving as the lead vocalist of an Albuquerque post-hardcore standout, Travis has established himself as a singer-songwriter that is not afraid to use his past experiences to pave the path of his newest musical endeavor.
His music is somewhat of an outlet for his thoughts and emotions – and it is aurally obvious. Travis' writing embodies a level of soulful sincerity that makes you feel closer to him and closer to music. It's not just his voice, but the overall feeling created by his album that makes his music so endearing. His voice attains a textural quality that delivers an ardent insight into an insightful mind and musician.
If what you're looking for is a simple sing-along songwriter, Travis isn't the one for you. There is a depth and discernible difference in his style. It's a sincerity. It's a maturity. It's a soul-bearing service he provides for your aural enjoyment.
His first EP is a testament to his raw realization of himself as a singer-songwriter. What is to come in the next year is his movement into a full-length album with a full band. What is to be gained from it is another name to be reckoned among today's notable artists, with Travis' tact and character to translate soul into songs.