Trevor Daniel recently released his album titled ‘That Was Then,’available on IHeartRadio, Spotify, and Apple Music.
Daniel is known for his single ‘Falling,’ which became extremely popular on TikTok. Many users used his song to create videos ranging from makeup tutorials, storytimes, heartwarming moments, etc. Building on his success, the new album encourages a sense of normalcy as we return to the post-pandemic aspects of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic played a substantial role in the creation of the album. Symbolizing the lack of structure and changes that have developed over the year, Daniel mimicked that feeling through the production of his songs, allowing fans and listeners to get a glimpse of his thoughts and emotions. ‘That Was Then’ has a total of seven songs composed of melodic notes and various beats.
Daniel’s music can be followed on his Instagram @iamtrevordaniel.
The Knockturnal: What age did you start showing an interest in music?
Trevor Daniel: I’ve always shown interest in music even when I was little. But I started taking it seriously when I was about 15.
The Knockturnal: Describe your creative process while creating the songs for your album, ‘That was Then’?
Trevor Daniel: The creative process for this album was pretty much all over the place. I had writers block most of the year and wasn’t really liking anything that I made. It was probably a mix of stress and a fear of not being able to follow up or show the world what I had made to the fullest extent, or give them the experience that I wanted them to have.
The Knockturnal: How long did it take you to create the songs on the album ‘That was Then’? What was your inspiration?
Trevor Daniel: Most of the songs were made in about 30 minutes to an hour and a half. I tried not to get overly structured on this project because I felt like my entire year wasn’t structured at all so maybe it would help listeners getting to my head space more.
The Knockturnal: How would you describe your style of music?
Trevor Daniel: I don’t really know how to describe my style of music I just know I don’t really care about a genre too much I just like to make what I like. It could be a pop truck one day and a rock song the next. it’s just whatever I feel like making. I don’t like limitations.
The Knockturnal: What are the top 5 songs you’d recommend to someone who has never heard your music before?
Trevor Daniel: Probably falling, past life, alone, lovesick, and oh my God. It’s weird because really I would want to show them everything that I have unreleased because I feel like it’s better but for the sake of not leaking my music those would be the songs.
The Knockturnal: Last year you were supposed to go on tour with Camilla Cabello unfortunately due to the Covid 19 pandemic it was cancelled. How does it feel to be performing in front of large crowds again? What did you miss the most about playing shows and performing in front of people?
Trevor Daniel: Yeah that was going to be sick. But it feels really good to play in front of people again. I just wanna keep getting better and get to the point where I can really bring them into my world even when I perform. I want them to be able to escape from whatever it is they deal with every day.
The Knockturnal: How did you keep yourself motivated to create music during the pandemic?
Trevor Daniel: I didn’t make that much music last year, it was really hard to stay motivated honestly.
The Knockturnal: Your song ‘Falling’ went viral on TikTok. How did you find out? Can you describe how you felt seeing people creating videos to your song?
Trevor Daniel: One of my friends came over and told me that falling was blowing up on tiktok, So I downloaded the app and realized it was pretty much every five videos which was wild to see. It felt really good. I put a lot of pressure on myself so honestly it was a huge sigh of relief. I felt like people are finally believing in me.
The Knockturnal: Who in the industry would you like to collaborate with in the future?
Trevor Daniel: There’s so many people I would love to make music with but just to name a few probably Kid Cudi, Dua Lipa, and a whole bunch of other people.
The Knockturnal: What do you hope to do next in your music career?
Trevor Daniel: I just want to keep making music that I like and pushing limits, looking back I feel like I’ve been a little safe but things that I’ve done. I’m happy with the things that I’ve released but I always want to keep looking forward and I just want to make people feel things. Good or bad, Hopefully good but either way it goes it’s better than filling nothing at all about it or being indifferent