Trevor Drury has modelled for the likes of Tom Ford and Hermes, but now he’s ready to take the music industry by storm.
We chat with the rising star and discuss leaving his modelling career behind, his relationship with music and more…
Without straying too far into your former profession, it can’t be ignored that you’ve been a successful model, having worked for the likes of Tom Ford and Hermes. What did you make of the industry, what did you learn, and what made you want to move on?
I had a lot of really great experiences when I first started modelling. It was a way for me to get out of a ‘traditional’ system and into something more creative. It really opened my mind to other ways of living; constantly traveling and being a foreigner made me adapt. I think it was quite a profound experience and I’m really glad I’ve had it. Eventually I got frustrated with not having a piano and a way to make music. I think as a creative person, I always need to be making something and not having that environment started taking a toll on my mind.
You’re obviously blessed with looks, but how do you define beauty?
Although I’m a model, I’ve never really felt like one. I don’t care much for social media. I’m terrible with fashion unless someone is guiding me. I don’t really care for maintaining an image. I’ve always been drawn to people who are undeniably real. I think authentic people are incredibly beautiful and sexy. I think there is a scientific way to examine beauty, the golden ratio and cheekbones etc, but I’ve always found that an authentic person with an authentic personality is beautiful. It’s complicated, but I know it when I see it.
You began playing the piano at the age of 8 – what drew you to this decadent instrument?
My mother bought a piano one day and I started taking lessons. I was obsessed with the different ways I could tell stories through piano. I found that different ways of playing a song created new feelings and textures. It was always a relaxing a creative exercise for me. I just kept with it.
How would you describe your music, aside from the piano theatrics?
It’s constantly evolving, every time I’m in the studio I expand on what I can write. I’m not really sure what my music is, I just try and create things that make me feel something and hope that other people will react the same. It’s definitely evolved from just piano, now the piano is what creates the song, but in the studio the piano becomes an element of the song.
Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Creatively I give Radiohead credit for me analysing and thinking about what music could do. But my favourite artist has to be Elvis Presley. It’s amazing how one man changed the world; his stage presence and charisma is incredibly inspirational.
Your latest single is entitled Head on the Tracks – what’s it all about?
Head on the Tracks is an ode to anxiety and mental health. I’ve dealt with my own experience of mental health issues and felt like I had to write a song that would explain what I’ve gone through, as well as what I’ve seen other people go through. A lot of my music is partly inspired by my own experiences, but also by watching the world and how people interact. I see myself as a fly on the wall, describing and observing behaviour as it happens.
Opening lyrics refer to a ‘head too busy’ – what stresses you out in life?
I actually have OCD, I don’t want to go too into it, but it’s pretty self-explanatory. At the time I wrote Head on the Tracks, I was dealing with untreated OCD, thinking that was just me. The song was originated by my own experience of not being able to stop thinking, and obsessively thinking about unwanted things. I literally couldn’t shut anything off inside my mind. It took a toll on me and my family and I didn’t understand why I was like that, so I wrote a song to feel better.
You hail from New York but currently reside in London – how do the cultural capitals differ?
I’m actually from California, but I’ve lived in NYC. I think the differences between America and the UK are big yet small. Most of the time I feel at home in London, but there are always little things that remind me it’s not America. I think in America, people are more direct. I’ve been to a lot of different places and I find that most people feel the same things subconsciously, but react differently. It’s interesting because I can tell when someone is feeling something; if they were American they would react one way, but if they’re English they may respond totally differently, even though they feel the same thing. It’s not always the case, but adjusting to each culture is fascinating and exhausting.
What’s in store for your summer, and what’s on the career bucket list?
I was fortunate enough to get to open for Ramin Karimloo in his recent UK ‘From Now On’ tour. That was an awesome experience and the first time I played live in the UK! Then Ramin invited me to be a guest performer with him while we were both in Japan and it was the first time ever playing for Japanese audiences! It was extra special because my brother lives there and my little sister was visiting him so they both got to attend the concert and see me preform for the first time and meet Ramin and the band! It was nice to have my siblings share in that experience with me. I’ll be living this summer in the UK, where I’m finishing up at BIMM London and performing live. It looks like I’ll be performing at The Great Escape music festival in Brighton. I want to play some other festivals this season and get more experience singing and playing in the live setting. I’ve written a lot of music and I want people to enjoy it live and feed off the energy of a live audience. I have also recently finished my EP titled, Alice It’s All in Your Head. We will be releasing a couple more singles and music videos over the next few months and the EP will be out later in the year! My team tells me that Head on the Tracks is playing on a lot of radio stations both in the UK and the US so maybe I’ll hear my song on the radio sometime this summer, which would be cool and kind of weird at the same time!