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Lost Kids: Interview


The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Dima – Knowledge, Love, and Fighting Through The


Nick Travis – My Parents

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

Dima – I'm just me man. I'm a firm believer in doing what

you love and enjoying every minute of your life, responsibly. I

do what I love everyday, I go to bed thankful, and wake up

with a smile on my face each morning. After you pass through

this life, your 60 hour a week grinds of slavery won't matter

much. Neither will the jewels you wore, or the car you drove.

The only legacy you can leave behind is for others to know

how you lived your life, and what kind of impression you left

on people. It's only good to be remembered for the right

reasons. I'm all about positivity, love, treating humans with

respect, and doing what's morally correct. The frustration that

I typically have towards indecency, is portrayed in many of

my songs.

Nick Travis – I am a simple person living in a ridiculously

complex world. Besides my investment in music production I

am a luddite. I do not have cable or internet (get my emails to

my phone), and my friends will be the first to tell you that I

am hard to get a hold of due to the fact that I do not have my

phone on all the time. I live to make music, eat good food,

make love, and share in the happiness that it at all of our

fingertips. If I find a way to support myself and my future

family through music I would probably be the happiest person

on the planet.

Why do you do what you do?

Dima – I do what I do because I love it, I love everything that

I do. I don't do anything that I don't like, expect necessities

like put dishes in the dishwasher, laundry, shovel the snow.

Those types of things need to be done to maintain a proper


Nick Travis – I live the simple life I do as I have learned

throughout my 20’s that life is about doing what you love.

Thus, I streamlined my day to day living in order to chase my

passion for music; turning my dream into a reality.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

Dima – I can write a novel to answer this question, but I'll try

and keep it short. Music was brought into my life by my

grandfather at the age of 6, with the introduction of guitar

lessons. Since then, I've always been the bearer of a creative

mind, and it evolved into creative writing and hip hop. Thanks

to my best homie Brad for recording my 1st ever song on an 8

track Tascam in his basement, back in the day.

Nick Travis – The day I began songwriting was the day I

knew I would never stop, that was one of the most liberating

days of my life.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

Dima – Getting rights and custody to my son. My family, my

true friends, strength from God is who I have to thank.

Patience was the key, and I knew righteousness would always

prevail, as it did.

Nick Travis – The hardest thing about chasing this dream is

that it really is all or nothing. Choosing this path at this point

in my life was really hard for me; especially after building my

career for a decade.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

Dima – The music industry inspired me to do something

different. Everything sounds the same, and everyone plays

“follow the leader”. I knew I had to step out of the box, and

truly write about what I believe. Nick Travis has inspired me

to grow as an artist. The backing of Greg Campbell is a huge

inspiration as well. And of course, I truly hope that my music

has inspired and helped people out there. That's what it's all

about. Don't really care about the money, cars, or clothes bra.

All about keeping humanity human.

Nick Travis – My parents are huge proponents of me

becoming who I am and in chasing this dream. There are my

best critiques and my biggest fans. Big thanks to them! Dima,

NockNock, P Picaso, and Greg Campbell have has a part in

fostering me into the Ottawa hiphop scene, and I thank them

for that!

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Dima – To be honest, I wouldn't even call them mistakes. I'd

say it's all a part of your journey, and I look at it as a learning

process. I wouldn't change anything, because then maybe I

wouldn't be where I am today as an artist, as a father, and

most importantly, as a human being.

Nick Travis – The biggest mistake we can make is to assume

we have nothing else to learn. I have been guilty of this, and

try to learn something new every day.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

Nick Travis & Dima – Our EP “Due Time” dropped via Macho

Man Music on March 14th, 2015. It's a real good listen.

We also have solo projects completed which are being released

later in 2015.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Dima – Live your life with love in your heart. Be positive,

stay humble, work hard at whatever you want to achieve.

Remember that knowledge is power, and don't ever be afraid

to speak your mind. Be seen as a good human. We need more

of them.

Nick Travis – The last movie I saw had an amazing quote that

I will try and do justice to: Sometimes in life it is those who

no one imagines anything of, that end up doing the things that

no one can imagine. 100.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Dima - “We care more about facebook likes, then the likes of

the universe. We share more status updates, then sharing our

love to others” - Third World Problems. Make a change.

Nick Travis – Be where you are, Remember where you came

from, Look to the stars, Remember what you’re made of. 100.



Lost Kids: Profile


Full name

Dimitri Akimov (Dima Maks)

Nicholas Giurgevich (Nick Travis)


Dima – 30

Nick Travis - 29

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Dima – Moscow, Russia

Nick Travis – Ottawa, Canada

Where you live now? (city, country)

Ottawa, Canada

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Dima – Russian with Serbian Descent

Nick Travis – Canadian with Slavic and Italian Descent

First Language?

Dima – English/Russian

Nick Travis – English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Dima – I work with the city, I make money, I spend time with

the people I love, I make music, and I enjoy life.

Nick Travis – I am a youth worker but am currently

producing/engineering in the studio full time. I developed the

curriculum for and currently volunteer facilitate at a program

called HopShop; where we teach the fundamentals of music

production to high-risk youth from areas of low-income


How long have you been doing it?

Dima – I been enjoying my life since I was born yo.

Nick Travis – I have been a youth worker for a decade,

singing/songwriting for 15 years, producing/composing for 3

years and volunteering at HopShop since we started the

program last year.

Fav Song

Nick Travis – Bon Iver - Skinny Love; Album

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Dima – I'm a big fan of music that makes you feel and think.

Like Joey Badass says “ If it don't touch my spirit, I don't get

near it”. That's me right there. I can't say I have a favorite, but

there are a few artists that I can always vibe to. Whether it's

Matthew Good, Common, The Roots, Joey Badass, Mr.

Carmack, Talib, Some Cinematic Orchestra, and even Russian

folk. I'm also a big fan of a few artists in the local scene.

Nick Travis – hands down Bon Iver

Fav Movie

Dima – I don't like to seclude myself to just always one thing,

even when it comes to movies, so I'll name a few that can

always be on repeat. Mrs. Doubtfire, I am Legend, The

Bourne Identity, Supremacy, and Ultimatum. Good Will

Hunting, The Air Up There, Rounders.

Nick Travis – The Emperors Club; which satisfies my affinity

for Greek and Roman History, and youth work.

Fav Actor/Actress

Dima – Will Smith and Matt Damon

Nick Travis – Kevin Spacey/ Ellen Page

Fav Clothing brand

Dima – Don't really have one! I'm an old school dude though.

I like my fitted caps, my vests, hoodies and sweaters, a few

collared shirts, and some nice kicks with jeans. Whatever I am

comfortable in really. I do have a soft spot for classic sneakers


Nick Travis – Value Village/anything that smells like cheap

laundry detergent.

Fav Artist (in any art form)

Dima – Nick Ghattas, He's always held us down since day one

for Videography, Photography, and Design. You can check him

out at

Nick Travis – Quentin Tarantino, Salvador Dali

Fav Sport to watch

Dima – It's a tie between Ball, Football (Soccer) and Hockey

Nick Travis - Lacrosse

Fav Sport to play

Dima – Football (Soccer). Why is it called Soccer anyway?

Nick Travis - Lacrosse





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