Bio: David Travers, aka Don Favelli (formerly Raw Favelli)
Don Favelli is an American hip hop artist, songwriter and entrepreneur, with evocative, original lyrics, and an arsenal of unique, diverse flows and deliveries. His early releases, released in 2018 under the name Raw Favelli, include his singles "Greenlight" and "List of Demands", which are available on multiple platforms, including Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube Music and Google Play.
David Travers, aka Don Favelli, was born on April 28, 1994 in San Francisco, California. He is a mixed race African American, raised by his white mother, Lori, and adopted father, John, in north San Diego County. Through travel and youth basketball, the Don formed a natural affinity with the inner city, and developed an extended family throughout the multi-ethnic communities of San Diego County.
Don Favelli's early life and subsequent world view was influenced by frequent overseas travel to underdeveloped countries and communities. Countries visited included El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica, Belize, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, and Saint Vincent as well as Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Mexico and several European countries. Because of his strong interest in basketball and his natural ease in wholly new situations, he often played basketball with local kids during his family travels. He credits these experiences with giving him a broad world view, an ease with travel, and an affinity for experiencing local communities.
Early on, David became committed to earning a scholarship to play college basketball. He played point guard for top west coast AAU club, San Diego All-Stars, and at La Costa Canyon High School (LCC) in Carlsbad, California. Travers twice led his team to win the San Diego CIF Championship and, during his senior year of high school, Travers led LCC to the California State Finals for Division II.
Graduating from high school with a 3.6 GPA, Travers accepted a Division I basketball scholarship to Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia where he played two seasons. In his 2011 interview with 24/7 Basketball, he noted that while he obviously loved basketball, he was also "a songwriter-performer, so combined with a business degree, it's hard to know right now where that may lead me." His desire to pursue songwriter rather than basketball ultimately caused him to leave Georgia State basketball in 2014.
After leaving basketball in 2014, Don Favelli worked various part-time jobs in both Los Angeles and Atlanta, while working to refine his writing skills, and committed the whole of 2017 to daily songwriting until he felt that his writing abilities were fast and natural.
Don Favelli cites several hip hop artists for peaking his interest in songwriting, including Jay-Z, Eminem and Lil Wayne, and his current style parallels the complex word play and thoughtful rhetoric of songwriters like Kendrick Lamar and J Cole. He enjoys experimenting with a variety of deliveries and flows, including both traditional rap and melodic hooks.