Rox: B. Wills shares lessons from the roadWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been a while since we’ve heard from Toledo’s national breakout kid B. Wills.
In the nearly three years since his 106 & Park “Wild-Out Wednesday” win, this young rap artist has been touring around the country and learning the music industry through on-the-job training. Wills has stayed true to the rap game hustle by keeping his name out there through tours and mixtapes, like last year’s critically acclaimed “Shawn Michaels” and his upcoming EP titled “T.S.B.” dropping in August. It is also evident by his Facebook posts and tweets that he has learned several harsh lessons about the way people change once you experience some success in the entertainment industry. Still positive, upbeat and humble,
I can tell it will take a lot more than a couple of naysayers to keep him down. Wills is currently touring while taking care of his family. Not many artists can say they make a living doing what they love, but few artists are as persistent about pursuing their dreams. His fan following goes far beyond our state and devoted fans getting his name tattooed on their bodies, therefore. This following sparked an interest in analyzing the contrast between Wills three years ago and Wills today. I decided to focus on what valuable lessons he could bring back to the city that would help another aspiring artist.
Martini Rox: What is the name of your current tour?
B.Wills: Project Faded Tour. That’s been going on since April 19.
Rox: What effect has traveling and touring had on maintaining your home or “regular” life?
B.Wills: It’s been hard to balance both. I’ve always had so much more of a greater personal side of my life going than business-wise, then when business started going great that’s when my personal kind of flipped upside down. It’s more of trying to find a balance between the two, whether it’s just doing music and being a dad, I’ve got two 24-hour jobs.
Rox: Harsh lessons learned while on tour?
B. Wills: Putting my trust into the wrong people because of thinking or at least hoping that others would think like I would, care about the things that I would. I’ve got a big heart, anybody that knows me personally knows that 100 percent. With newfound fame or whatever anyone wants to call it, that comes (with) better finances and things like that and it got to the point where I became a human ATM. That’s definitely one of them.
Rox: Greatest lesson learned personally and performance-wise?
B. Wills: Think for myself. Don’t bother with anything anybody is saying regardless of what anyone thinks basically, being true to me doing what I want, [and] saying the things that I want to talk about on my records. Performance-wise, set no boundaries. I don’t go by routine like most artists do. I’ve learned to just go with what I’m feeling at the moment. None of my shows are scripted or anything like that. I might know a certain setlist I’m doing, but other than that, all the talking, everything that goes on is literally on the spot and I like to give people as honest a part of me as I possibly can whether it’s in my music or live performance.
His form of rap knows no genre or boundaries and as he continues to ride his wave of success you can catch Wills on tour in major U.S. cities until July 6 and look out for “T.S.B.” in August. Download his music at www.Soundcloud.com/bwills419.
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