Q&A: Travis Porter Talks Future Collaborations, Groupie Love & Cross-Racial Appeal [Pg. 2]
What’s been changing?
Quez: We been doing more interviews…
Strap: …Like, everyday… but right before we signed, we went to Germany. We’ve been touring a lot so we got more to talk about, so now that we have the label behind us to push the music, and everybody around the world can know that we go all around the world.
How was Germany?
Ali: It was a different experience, just to see how they live and how they party to our music. They don’t know the words, but they—they don’t even really speak English, but they just be dancing to the music. They love our music.
Quez: We was over there for two weeks. We had shows over there, you know what I’m saying? We had a good time over there.
Ali: You know they got that coffee shop over there. Mmm. [Laughs]
Your fans love you, especially for your presence on the Internet. You guys drop videos, music, Ustream live—do you think your Internet presence will lessen at all because of your increased profile?
Quez: The label is really just like, they our homeboys, you know what I’m saying? They not really our homeboys, but they like our homeboys. Like, we get to pick and choose ’cause we’re Porter House Music Group. We are our own label, so we get to choose our marketing strategies and the way we go about doing things. So, the label, they really just pushing it, you know what I’m saying? We really have the freedom to do it however we want to, so the Internet—we might buy the Internet. [Laughs]
Strap: A lot of people think we just be on the Internet; we been in streets!
Quez: Yeah, we be in the streets.
Ali: You can’t get here from just being on the Internet.
Strap: For real! [Laughs]
Okay, so tell me a little bit about how Porter House was developed?
Strap: Well really we just started out with our booking agent, our road manager, our manager… It’s just the team we started out with.
Ali: We had a strong team, so we just decided…
Quez: To make it a company.
Strap: We made it Porter House.
Quez: We got in-house everything. We got in-house booking, in-house producer, in-house management, in-house deejay.
Ali: In-house artists.
Quez: So everything’s Porter House. And we been doing this for, like, three years now, so everybody know they role and everybody play it well, so we just get it in.
Strap: Yep, yep.
It’s like a Travis Porter empire you’re building.
Quez: Yeah, we tryna build the Empire up.