Who: My name is Tramayne Watson aka I.Am.Tru.Starr .
Roots: I’m originally from upstate New York, Rochester to be exact.
Sound: My style of music is an eclectic mix of hiphop, soul, chillwave, and funk, all rolled into one melodic package I call “SOUL HOP”.
Artis Love is more of an idea than a actual person. Art is Love you know? I got rid of my original fb page because it was pretty lame and and my timeline seemed to transform into a constant stream of negativity so I shut that page down and decided to start the Artis love page to better engage people who were like minded to share my perspective with and have those difficult but necessary conversations with those people in order to better understand theirs.
On growing up:
My upbringing was cool yo. Parents going on 30 years strong. My mother is just amazing as a mom and a woman. Stuck with my father thru his drug abuse and all. She really has been the glue all these years. Hasn’t all been good but you know growing up in the ghetto you never really realize how bad it is as a kid because everyone around you is struggling just as bad if not worst than yall. You learn the art of being thankful early.
I wouldn’t say I was always surrounded by artistic people but Ive definitely been surrounded by artistic inspiration for sure. I continually see things in my travels that teach me to see the world differently those things that is see get filtered out over melodies. The good, the bad, painful or what have you.
When I knew music was my passion:
I always had an idea of what I wanted out of my life and what I wanted to do with my life. Our generation is so unlike our parents and grandparents. We are limitless. We are told we can be anything we want to be. I always wanted to make music. It just always made the world seem better to me.
My first project #HalfwayHome came out in early 2012. I released my second project Eat.Pray.Dilla which was an J Dilla inspired ep on Thanksgiving 2014, and now we are on to “hair like basquiat.”
My influences vary from a wide range of artists from Donny Hathaway and how bare he was on songs. Alanis Morissette To the fearlessness of a Marilyn Manson, Rage Against The Machine, Kanye West. The list goes on. I’m inspired by a lot of my friends music lately tho and other amazing indie artists on the scene today. It’s a really exciting time for artistry.
Top 3 would be SZA cause I can hear the beauty in her soul thru her music. It feels like she’s telling the bare naked truth instead of just singing cuz she’s talented. Gary Clark Jr. cuz he’s gritty blues drenched in soul and serious with the axe. And my third I would have to say Little Sims cause she be so turnt and really be going in. Definitely the hardest question I’ve been asked all week.
Happiest music moment:
Happiest music moment thus far is J Dilla’s mom Ma Dukes and The J Dilla Foundation reaching out and telling how much they loved my last ep Eat.Pray.Dilla and that they appreciated me showing proper respect to Dilla’s memory
Advice for the upcoming artist:
Create your art from a loving place and keep that love constant thru-out. When done in that manner and coming from that loving place Hate and negativity cannot exist near it.
What Wear Your Voice means to me:
Wear your voice to me means always stay true to yourself. And fight for what you feel is right.
All images courtesy of Artis Love/ I.Am.Tru.Starr
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