Today I took the time to sit down with another up and coming artist, Willie Humbles, who comes out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Willie’s lyrics can hit home with almost anyone, making him a very versatile artist. The strongest message I took away from listening to his work is the importance of always being yourself and that no matter what you are doing, live life for your own happiness and everything else will soon follow. Staying true to yourself is an important lesson to learn when you are in your early 20s and Willie expresses this in his music. While others may think that they know what is best for you, in reality, you will always reserve the right of knowing where your own best interests lie. Willie lives by the mantra of always doing whatever you want to do and having faith in yourself. Not only is Willie a talented lyricist, he also is talented in painting and drawing, making him a well-rounded artist. Willie Humbles is one to look out for in 2017. Check out the short interview below.
First off, where are you from?
Which famous musicians do you admire and why?
2 Pac- I admire him for the cultural impact he made through his music.
Eminem- For his attention to detail in each lyric and his aggressive approach with a fast-paced flow.
J Cole- For storytelling music, life experiences, and inspiring message.
Lil Wayne- For clever analogies, his ability to adapt to all different types of beats, and his work ethic.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes? If so, which ones?
Big-Tymers CD when I was little.
What projects are you working on currently?
I am currently working on an EP called “Beyond” and an album called “October 24th”.
What’s the next step for you musically?
Making my own beats and creating a visual album.
Do you have any advice for up and coming artists?
Save your money, find a way to genuinely express your lyrics, sound like yourself and not like anyone else, and portray a message in your music that people can grow from. Remember music is made for the people before anyone else.
Where can the people check out your music?
(Photos by: Stephen Guma, Jy Chung, Israel Santiago)