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TRAVIS KEATS ROSS‘ southwestern roots instilled in him an itch for the esoteric that only the harrowing arroyos and monumental mesas of NEW MEXICO could conjure. It was in that sun-bleached limbo of NM, and Arizona, that formed a need to create – forever gasping with the hope of escape – one medium after another. He always wrote, and has never lived a 24hr cycle without putting prose to paper – that he can recall. His earliest memories consist of falling asleep in DJ booths at his step-father’s nightclub as a toddler or manipulating and editing cassette/ vhs tapes as a tyke – all which lead to releasing long playing albums of original material at 13 years old. Under the pseudonym of DAKOTA SLIM (the name taken from BIKINI BEACH’s character “SOUTH DAKOTA SLIM” – played by Timothy Carey – Ross was fascinated by Carey’s portrayal of Frankie and Annette’s antagonist was so bizarrely grim) he began distributing original music under what he dubbed:
A term he utilizes to cover his ghostly production, charmed themes, and specifically an admittance of his guilt ridden choruses.
The voodoo and lore of ROCKNROLL was prescient at a remarkably young age as the ghost of his “touched” american soul manifested in rebellion, albeit his curiosity with the OCCULT which only solidified his superstition. Between his ears, since he could walk, the glossolalia of porch hymnals, electric guitars, clamoring kitchen sounds and unidentified symbols bellowed with the unseen things to revel in understood purpose: To document those spells… and share them.
This was Y2K. It was the frontline of the digital-music-distribution-revolution. He’s rarely missed a year without releasing a collection of songs, since, one way or another.