Today at 24houhourhiphop.com we come across a new rap duo out of Denver called The FAMM. The group consists of Trav and Johnny Chill as two asprining rappers trying to make in the industry. We chop it up with them about how they came up with their name, where they grew up, some insight into their family life and more. Also we get to check out some The FAMM’s music videos ,and we also take a listen to their latest mixtape Vol.4 Ever About Makin Music. Check out the interview below and let us know what you think!
24HHH: How did you come up with your Producer/Artist name? Tell us about it.
We are The FAMM aka Trav and Johnny Chill out of Denver, Colorado
Originally there were 5 members. It was just a bunch of us that would meet up at Johnny Chill’s studio in his parent’s basement in Colorado Springs . There was 5 of us who were at the crib consistently doing tracks and so we decided to form a group. We chose FAMM as our name after a few months of constantly kickin it, we had become brothers. We added the extra M in there and decided on the acronym Forever About Making Music.
24HHH: Where are you from, and what was it like growing up there?
Trav: For me, growing up in Whittier was good for the most part, still talk to a lot of homeboys I went to elementary with. Being from LA in the 90’s was a bit rougher than a lot of places, a lot of drugs and gang influence but i had a good family and I learned how to stand up for myself and be proud of who i am.
Johnny: I spent the early part of my life in Tucson, AZ but most of my growing up was done in Colorado. Met amazing people, went through some incredible things that can make or break people but I ended up right here. The state of Colorado is real diverse due to numerous military bases, so that helped mold me into the unpredictable little shit that I am.
24HHH: Who were you raised by? Tell us your family situation. Got any brothers, sisters, or any siblings? Tell us about your childhood, and how it impacted your music?
Trav: My parents had 4 kids, myself being the oldest, but adopted my two older cousins when i was 5 years old so i grew up the middle of 6 kids. 5 boys 1 girl. My parents always left the door open for people who were struggling so we always had a lot of people around when i was younger. It definitely opened my mind to all types of different people. I think it influenced my music big time because I’m so used to adapting because everything around me was always changing. I think that helps make me feel like i can get on any beat and kill it.
Johnny: I have 5 siblings, 4 brothers and a sister. They are all half siblings. My parents each had children from previous marriages before they got together and created me. We all grew up together in a tiny little house and with a 16 year age gap between me and my oldest sibling, I was exposed to a lot at a young age. Most importantly, I grew up in a wealth of musical tastes including soul, raggae, classic rock and all ends of the hip-hop spectrum. From age 3 I was in front of a tv memorizing rap songs on The Boxx. I always wanted to be a fuckin rapper!
Check out The FAMM – Walking In Space [Music Video]
24HHH: What age did you start making music?
Trav: The first song i ever wrote I was 10. First song i ever recorded I was prolly a junior in high school.
Johnny: I wrote some bullshit rap for a Sports Illustrated Kids contest about Shaquille O’neall when I was 6, I started recording about the same age as Trav
24HHH: What inspired you to pursue making music?
Trav: The FAMM. these foos would challenge me. I heard a hook for a track we did called “No Mo” and it was over. I knew we had talent. I knew then this is what i wanted to do!
Johnny: I had always wanted to be a rapper. I remember my brother Latif teachin me Rodney O and Joe Colley’s “Let’s Have Some Fun” in 88 (5 years old). After that I always was memorizing raps. But when I finally had a chance to record myself, it was over.
Check out The FAMM – Good Times [Music Video]
24HHH: What artists/producers do you work with? Or rubbed shoulders with?
We work with all kinds of different artists and producers. Right now were workin with the homies Fresh Cartel from Long Beach, CA. Fly Wayne, Cam B, TayF3rd, Garret Douglas. Did some work with King FOE of the BLKHRTS. We work with producer Adamack who produced the beat for our “Feel so good” track. We been all over the place. Love working with new people!
24HHH: What else you got coming out? New Album? or Mixtape/EP?
We just dropped our 4th official mixtape “Vol 4:EVER ABOUT MAKIN MUSIC” and currently working on an EP which should be droppin first of the year through TopNotch promotions.
Check out The Famm – Vol.4 Ever About Makin Music [Mixtape]
24HHH: Tell us about your newest single “Feel So Good”, how did you come up with that, share us the story?
Check out The FAMM – Feel So Good [Music Video]
Our newest single is called “Feels so good.” We were chillin and just wanted to create a track that shows why its dope to be in Denver, Colorado. Its a fun, young, up and coming city and we wanted to portray that in a song! We wrote it as a story telling track about the day of a show. We go from wakin up to the night of the show and just make it fun and exaggerate a day in the life. But we highlight different dope things that are very Denver.
24HHH: Any new travel plans, what you got going on?
As far as travel, we’re out in Long Beach every 2 months with the homies Fresh Cartel doing shows, networkin out in LA and just tryin to expand in that market. We also attend music festivals throughout the country on our promo shit. Would love to get on some type of tour in the near future tho.
24HHH: What is the biggest thing to happen in your career?
Biggest thing for us thus far would be our “Walking in space” single ft. Deangelo Nedio that is currently climbing College Hip Hop radio top 40 charts.The track is still currently being pushed so hopefully it just continues to climb.
24HHH: Where can people find you?
24HHH: Where do you see yourself going in 2014 and how do you plan to separate yourself from the other artist out today to get therecognition you feel you deserve?
In 2014 we plan on finishing our first official EP and dropping that by the first of the year. We just wanna continue to grow and push our brand as far as we can. I think we separate ourselves from a lot of foos cause we’re very diverse in what we listen to and what we grew up on, so it takes us out of a lane and allows us to navigate thru the genre and hop on anything. Murder mode. Like I said, we love doing different shit. Also we just good people, real approachable and its all love wit us. We show love to everybody. We here to make money and have fun so lets go!
24HHH: Any last words or shout outs?
S/O to Marvyn Mack and TopNotch Promotions. S/o all the people that support us and all the artist that run wit us. S/o yall for doing the interview! #FAMMCrew #DenverCO #Welcome2DatMileHIgh #WhatUpTho #MyWeedLegalYaBish