Fort Worth, TX native Trevor Douglas might have originally made a name for himself on the fourteenth season of American Idol, but it’s his original music, including his latest single, “Pressure,” that has allowed him to carve out his own space in the music scene. His soulful pop sound is immediately enticing to listeners, and, as a result, I found myself playing “Pressure” on repeat for hours. I got the chance to talk with Trevor about how he got into performing, his new music, what he nerds out about and so much more. Keep reading to see his answers!
What age did you take the step into making and performing music?
I started really young, around 3 or 4 [years old], on the violin. But I didn’t really start getting into and doing pop music ’til middle school. I wasn’t exactly what I’d call “good” back then, but [that] was when I really got into pop music. Then, as I got older, I got more and more serious about it.
Was there a specific moment or person that made you realize music is what you wanted to do for a living?
I don’t know, honestly. I just think back and this is what I’ve been wanting to do for a long time, so it’s so hard for me to pinpoint something like that. But I will say that my mom has always been very supportive and has really helped me along the way so that I could do this for a living.
I can’t stop listening to your latest single, “Pressure.” What’s the inspiration behind it?
Aw, thank you so much! Honestly, I just heard that bridge hook, the “why can’t we just start this over?” and thought to myself, “Woah! That’s incredibly catchy!” Then, I went home and wrote the whole song around that.
Going off of that, what is your songwriting process like? How do you take an idea and turn it into a song?
Honestly, every song is so different. It’s hard to say that I do it one way every time, but I really do like putting my lyrics on paper as opposed to my computer or phone. It feels a little more natural for me that way and the ideas flow better.
What is one of your favorite lyrics that you’ve ever written?
Oh, it’s a pre-chorus of a song that I wrote for a band called Light Years Away that’s not out yet.
Are you currently working on an EP/album? If so, when can fans expect to hear it?
I am working on an EP, and goodness, I wish I knew. It’s probably going to be some time this year, potentially this summer. I do all the recording and writing on my own, so it’s a lot of work and takes some time.
Who are you listening to on repeat at the moment?
Lauv. His writing is phenomenal. I got to see him in concert too and it was such an experience. I loved it.
What can fans expect from you for the rest of 2018?
Hopefully a lot. I’m going to keep writing and put out a few singles, I’m acting in some films for some friends, I’m cowriting and producing songs for other people, I’m starting a side project that’s going to be way different music than what I already do, and I’m going to be focusing more on YouTube and things like that.
Last question: we’re called Talk Nerdy With Us so what is something you nerd out over?
I am in love with Star Wars. I have been to every single opening night that I have been alive for!