As a teenager, Travis Mills spent countless hours on the computer, downloading music to share with his friends.
These days, he scours the internet and social media apps for new music.
“The discovery is addictive,” the 31-year-old said in a recent phone conversation. He turned his love of mixed tapes and playlists into a full-time gig as the host of “The Travis Mills Show”, which deals with music, pop culture, television, movies and more. more on Apple 1 Music. It also hosts the new “Superbloom Radio” program, also on Apple 1 Music, with a diverse playlist of new and trending artists.
“It was kind of my validation when I was younger, to go show people what’s cool,” he said. “With my ‘Travis Mills Show’ it’s the same.”
Mills said he has interviewed more than 1,000 guests since the show launched Monday through Thursday in 2018. Stars include band Weezer, pop star Nick Jonas, rapper Trippie Redd and singer-rapper Doja Cat.
“Weezer was crazy; I’m a huge fan, “he said.” Doja Cat, this was her first interview for Apple Music and just as the song ‘Moo’ came out and she was still alive on the internet in the viral world of YouTube and SoundCloud. Watching her blossom and become the superstar that she has become has been extremely rewarding. We had Billie Eilish when she was 15 and thinking about it now is pretty crazy. Lizzo, I’ve known him for years and seeing all she’s been able to accomplish has been insane, too.
While music is central to his universe, Mills said he also enjoys incorporating discussions with professional actors, comedians and athletes. He’s invited UFC champions like Tyron Woodley and Cody Garbrandt to talk about their gym playlists.
“I like knowing what they are doing and what motivates them to do what they are doing,” he said.
During the pandemic, Mills did her show from her Studio City home. He said he never thought he would chat with Demi Lovato virtually from the sofa in his living room, but found it important to create a routine for himself.
“If you’re stuck at home all day, that’s crucial,” he said. “It’s something that really helped me. I’ve struggled with depression and struggled with ADHD and tried to find those things that could keep me busy and help me feel productive and stack my little wins throughout my day, whether it’s doing push-ups, cleaning my room, doing the laundry, reading a book or watching a documentary. These are the things that got me through it all.
On “Superbloom Radio,” Mills spotlights new artists, especially those who use social media platforms like TikTok to get their music heard. He also has some experience in this area.
Mills, who grew up in Riverside, started making music at age 15 and used the Myspace social media platform to share his music. He was discovered and signed by a record label where he recorded and toured under the nickname T. Mills. He has worked with a variety of artists, including Travis Barker, another drummer from the Inland Empire and Blink-182, on a number of mix-tape style albums.
“With the ‘Superbloom’ show, it’s exciting to watch these artists who are new, and we see them building their futures in real time,” said Mills. “These kids just have their finger on the pulse and they know what resonates with their audience and they use that to promote their music.”
Although he took a hiatus from music for a few years, Mills got the itch again, forming a new pop-punk group called Girlfriends with Laguna Beach-based drummer Nick Gross in late 2019. The duo went on to do so. released their self-titled debut album in October. 2020 with an evening of Twitch listening broadcast live from the Roxy Theater in West Hollywood. They were working on the songs with producer and Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann just before the pandemic hit, which was when Mills split from his nearly three-year-old girlfriend, the “Riverdale” star. »Madelaine Petsch.
“We just made the most of a bad station and locked ourselves in the studio for three months and did as many songs as we could,” he said of the band. “I was having a crazy time in my personal life. It was one of the most difficult times I have ever experienced: a breakup in the midst of COVID. It wasn’t fun being isolated in your house with all that was going on, but I had a lot to write about and a lot that I was still grateful for. Feldmann is like family and every recording session that we start, and it was like a pseudo-therapy session and I would sit and he would ask me how I was. Some days I laughed, some days I cried. It was a cathartic process, to say the least.
So far, the album has spawned a few singles, including “Eyes Wide Shut”, “California” and “Jessica”. He also features guest appearances by The Used singer Bert McCracken on “Over My Head”, singer-songwriter DeathbyRomy on “2 am” and Barker is featured on “Where Were You”. Mills said when the pandemic is over and we can all return safely to a club in LA, the girlfriends will perform live shows.
“Someone asked me, ‘What’s the first artist or concert you would like to go to when the pandemic is over? “And honestly, I mean, I would go to any,” he said. “Live music, yeah, I’m going to go to concerts from bands that I don’t even really like because I want to be there and I’ll never take that for granted again. “