Today, we’d like to introduce you to Trevour Amunga. Trevour was introduced to us by the brilliant and talented Mariami Bibilouri.
Trevour, can you walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Kenya and spent most of my childhood there before my parents won the green card and we moved to Portland, Oregon here in America. The move came just in time since there was a civil war in my home country, and our living situation had gotten dangerous. The whole ambiance and feel of America was completely different from what I had been used to. Prior to coming here, my old friends and generally everyone in my circle kept telling me different myths and stories they had heard about America, and so upon landing, my expectations on what the country would look like were exaggerated. I had a heaven esque picture in my head, and while I didn’t expect the streets to be filled with gold, I envisioned something close to it. I quickly learned things are not always what they seem, and for the first time in my life I learned that I was ‘black,’ and the implications that come with being black in America. This was the biggest shock for me, going from a society where everyone looks like you to one where your people are the minority. Music became my escape and the only way I felt I could fully express myself and vent my frustrations about the world around me. I had always planned to move to LA after high school to pursue my music career, but since I enrolled in Portland State, I decided to wait until after graduation to move. I graduated in 2019 with a Bachelors’s in marketing and subsequently moved to LA in January of 2020.
Please talk to us about your creative work and career. What should we know?
One of the motifs in my music has always been peace and being free, and while I’m still not quite sure what that looks like, I’ve always felt that I’ll find that freedom in my music. I think every artist has their own ideal world where they’re free to simply create how they want, and live out their expressions. I’m currently searching for my own world. I occasionally catch glimpses of it, and it’s always the most liberating feeling. I know the more I keep creating, the closer I’ll get to fully immersing myself in it. My first release is on the 4th of June, 2021, on all streaming platforms under my name, Trevour Amunga, which is where you can check out my work or on Instagram @Trevour_A
As you know, we’re big fans of Mariami Bibilouri and we know you’ve worked with them quite a bit as well. We’d love to hear about your experience working with Mariami Bibilouri.
Meeting Mariami has been one of the greatest blessings in my musical journey. I have always wanted to collaborate with other artists on my music but prior to meeting her, I had never met people that were on the same creative wavelength as me. I met her on soundbetter in 2017, when I was looking for a singer for one of my songs. I was instantly blown away by her vocals, the way she layers her melodies, how she finds the little melodic pockets that most people wouldn’t, and just how down-to-earth she is. On top of her talent, she was very easy to communicate with which made the process really fun.
I’m really excited about my first release! I’m too much of a perfectionist when it comes to music and if I had held on to the single any longer, I probably wouldn’t have realized how ready I was. Collaboration is one of my favorite things about music, and one of the main reasons I aspire to make it. I’m always curious as to how my art will be interpreted, and what approach people will take when featured on it, if it will be different from mine, or if it will stay the same. There have been a couple of cases where an artist I listen to will have made a song about a certain topic, but the song will mean something completely different to me. That’s why I’m most excited about how people will interpret my art, whether the original message I intended is what will be conveyed or if people will attach their own meaning to it.