Travis Hanna (born March 9th, 1995), known musically by Cope Vega, is an American rapper and songwriter from Goshen, IN. His 8th musical project, The Remixtape, was released in September 2019 showcasing works from past musical projects (Project 5, Branches, and Pines, Palms, and Everything in Between) between 2016-2018, where he used alternative aliases such as Tre Thomas and L.O.X. He has worked with a variety of artists such as Ryan Bronson, TUC, Zethro, Kuoda The Kid, and Phil G. He has also opened for touring acts such as Katie Got Bandz, YFN Lucci, Do Or Die, Marco Polo, Twista, JR Donato, and Kap G.
Vega’s father was a tool sharpener for the RV industry and had various part time jobs, and his mother also had various jobs and eventually entered the profession of bookkeeping. At a young age he was influenced by music of all genres, hip-hop/rap especially playing a huge role after listening to the early works of Eminem. He adopted influence from acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles, and Journey as well. But, the influence of hip-hop/rap artists such as Eminem, Kid Cudi, Mac Miller, and Wiz Khalifa soon grabbed his undivided attention as he began high school in the late 2000’s. Vega began freestyle rapping at the age of 16 and soon began writing down lyrics on paper or in his phone as he developed his flow. By the age of 18, he had written over 100 songs, in which he showed some of his friends at the time. They told Vega they loved it and that he should record and release music.
2014-2017: Tre Thomas
Soon after, he began writing songs that would go on to piece together 6 musical projects under the alias of Tre Thomas, including: New Kid On The Block (2014), Midwest Bars (2014), 45 Days (2014), The Combine: 2k15 (2015), Project 5 (2016), and Branches (2016). Vega went on to open for notable acts such as YFN Lucci, Do Or Die, Marco Polo, Twista, and Taylor Gang’s JR Donato in 2017. During this time, although Vega didn’t work on creating new music, he saw the potential to make music a full time job and began researching the business aspect of the industry. In late 2017, Vega moved to California for a short period of time with his brother and a close friend.
In 2018, Vega released his 7th musical project, Pines, Palms, and Everything in Between, under the alias L.O.X. Shortly after, he moved back to his hometown of Goshen, IN.
2019: Cope Vega
Recently, Vega told fellow artist TUC that he is “starting with a clean slate”, and changed his name to Cope Vega after an epiphany that cleared his musical vision. He also stated in a recent twitter post that he is working on an album, and to be patient.
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