The moment anything gets lost in the shuffle, the last person to touch something is the one that gets fingers pointed at. It happens often but I’ll normally take that with a grain of salt so long as it isn’t sprinkled on any of my wounds. Tape Deck Mountain’s latest album, True Deceiver, was released a month ago, and it was sent to me by a friend of a friend of another friend who sent it to an editor. Now while you probably haven’t heard of the group out of Nashville, Tennessee, we’re all sure they’ve never heard of you either, but that’s not to say you aren’t worth the time just like they are. The project is fronted by Travis Trevisan and has been recording under the moniker since the better part of 2009 and have released multiple singles, EPs, and albums. Tape Deck Mountain’s True Deceiver is fleshed out by drummer Andy Gregg, bassist David Sullivan, and additional guitarist Greg Harp.
Tape Deck Mountain has revolved its music around a particular genre but it’s not defined by it. Shoegaze has remained relevant throughout the years but not many groups are able to pull it off or stamp its particular signature on it. There are only a handful that have throughout the years, and Tape Deck Mountain offers it up and then some. The songs take on a life of their own, utilizing the genre as a base, allowing the melodies the group offers up to permeate throughout. Trevisan’s voice adds a lot to the mix, including it like the additional instrument it is, clearly defining the melodies and harmonies. There’s an inclusion of looped feedback that obviously serves its purpose within the music as well and adds a certain charm. From his home, Travis Trevisan gives a glimpse into Tape Deck Mountain.
So who are you really?
I am a human performing guitar based music.
What are your (personal) aspirations?
To live long and prosper.
Where do you currently live and how’s that affected your energy and your creative output?
I currently live in Nashville, TN. which has an extraordinary amount of talented musicians. This creates some competitiveness in the music scene that can be healthy as well as toxic to one’s creative output, however, I do try to spin it in a positive light.
When did you first begin recording and playing live?
I first performed live on the Alto Saxophone in the 6th-grade band recital at Grand Middle School. I first recorded on a Tascam porta2 Four track cassette recorder after saving my money from working at a local gas station.
What would you like music listeners in the States to know about your music?
Enjoy it and share with friends.