For Travis LaMothe, the last 22 years have been about the love of music. The study, the gigs, the listening, the seeing, the teaching, the producing, and the writing have allowed him to evolve into the musician he is today. Initially developing from early cassettes of Buddy Rich and Lars Ulrich, the tunnel vision was quite clear. In proper sequence, studying concert percussion and drum set for all genres became mainstay. Ritual, even.
With the first club gigs starting at the age of 15, Travis studied with several teachers in the CT area. Playing in percussion ensembles under the direction of Sal Raniello (Hartford Symphony Orchestra) and several of the areas best drum set players, the road to performance became a place to thrive.
Attempting to live up to his influences and working at creating his own, Travis spent six years touring with New England regional act Rane (Tides Records), opening for numerous national acts including the Barenaked Ladies, Ozomatli, Santana, and Tom Petty and playing almost every room in New England. After multiple albums and recording credits with the group, Travis left to pursue other musical worlds.
After winning the 2006 Hartford Advocate’s “Best Drummer” award, Travis went on to play with several Advocate-acknowledged bands including The Bill Carleton Band, and Jet Black Jane. A jaunt into the jazz world helped Travis to see a different side of performance after spending 2 years as a member of the house band for WOR radio in Manhattan. He also joined Hank Agency artists “Jimmy and the Hat Tricks” for a three-year stint in general business music. He was called to play with The Last Goodnight (Virgin Records), and subbed several gigs with Girls Guns and Glory (Lonesome Day Records) as well.