If you’ve picked up Riverside, California artist T.Mills’ Leaving Home EP, then you’re likely well-acquainted with the upbeat, groove-laden track “Vans On”. While putting on the finishing touches on his upcoming major label debut LP for Columbia, the 22-year-old recently hit up Los Angeles’ AZ Films studios to shoot the video for the single — and we’ve got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Mills on the set below!
“When I go in the studio I don’t say, ‘I want to write a rap song; I want to write a pop song’,” says T.Mills, whose full name is Travis Tatum Mills. “I hear what’s in front of me and I work with what I have and I create what I want to listen to. I don’t care if people want to label me a pop artist. I’m not a rapper; I’m not a singer. I’m just an artist. I’m Travis.”
Sounds the like the perfect attitude for a guy who began putting beats together with his rhymes in his bedroom, and first got notice after posting his jams on MySpace. “My old stuff just came from a place of, I don’t know, just fun,” he says. “Now, I’ve grown and matured and I’m becoming a real artist and writing real songs that are important to me. I feel like I can reach more people with the songs I’m making now.”
The non-rapper worked with producers J Hawk, Colin Munroe and The Stereotypes on his Leaving Home EP. His full album for Columbia is due out later this year.