Brien Travis is an American singer-songwriter whose experimental eclectic style incorporates elements of modern rock, jazz, folk, and electronica. He is one of the few pop musicians who have brought the piano and synthesizers to center stage as main instruments. He writes, performs, produces, and records most of his work completely solo, with the exception of occasional guest musicians.
Born of Irish, German, and Cherokee Indian heritage, he began playing the piano at a very early age as a toddler, and was later formally trained before tracking off on his own path to hone his own personal style of playing.
His songs, while being nonconformist in genre, cover the spectrum of human connection-often either in an enigmatic form or in journal-like sequences that more often than not play out like an audio version of a photography art exhibit. His songs ask questions rather than provide answers His influences range across the music grid-from John Denver to Bjork, The Mamas and the Papas to Laurie Anderson, Leonard Cohen to Tori Amos. Travis was a child of the 80s, and grew up on new wave pop like Cyndi Lauper and Tears For Fears. You can hear all of this in Brien's original music.
He is also a photographer and writer, and a self-proclaimed "foodie" who enjoys creating new and original recipes in the kitchen.
He is currently at work on several music projects, a photography exhibit, and a book of musings and poems
When I play live, typically the setting is very intimate-I tend to be drawn to coffee houses and smaller venues where I can really connect with my audience. It's a wheel effect. As long as everyone is receptive and giving, the music works.
I grew up in a household where everyone listened to a different genre of music. I noticed early on that I was drawn to the unique, the non-conformist type that made it a point to stand out. Cyndi Lauper is one of my major influences. Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan, Elton John, Joshua Kadison, Tears For Fears. I could go on and on. There are several artists that people compare my work to that completely surprises me-Prince, for an example. I didn't hear that in my own music until someone made that comment.
Roland and Alesis keyboards/synths