Episode 031 : WLLWS
Friday, October 15th, 2021
CLINIK: What is the significance of the name WLLWS?
WLLWS: The name actually came to me after finishing my first song. In the backyard of the house where I grew up, my dad planted a weeping willow tree when I was born. I spent a lot of time in that backyard and watched the tree grow up with me. After 8 years in that house, we moved out to the other side of town and the property was sold to build condo’s, so they cut down the tree for space. The name is kind of symbol for me to stay rooted to being myself, representing my unique background and sharing that through my music with the listeners
C: How has the Bay Area influenced your outlook on music, if at all?
WS: The bay has definitely influenced my outlook on music because of the unique blend of different cultures here, especially in San Francisco where I spent most of my days hanging out with friends and learning the city's history. The bay area hip hop producers inspired me to think outside the box in terms of my drums especially; I think that's part of the reason I have focused on my drum patterns making sure they have that 'bounce' that all the classic bay area hip hop hits have.
C: What initially inspired you to create your own music?
WS: I went to my first music festival back in 2014, Beyond Wonderland NorCal, and saw What So Not live. That was it for me... the visuals fitting the music perfectly, the bass shaking the ground on every drop and the crowds energy was incredible. It was an experience that made me feel like I could build upon what they were doing and push trap forward in fresh but still recognizable direction.
C: You have described your music to someone who hasn’t heard it yet?
WS: I’d say melodic trap… but since I try to do something different with almost every release it’s difficult to slap a name on it. I don’t want to be in a box with this project ever, this is the way that I express myself so putting one label on it for someone who hasn’t even heard a single song yet feels wrong.
C: What is your preferred DAW? What are some tools you like to use for sound design?
WS: I’m on Ableton. I use Serum to create most of my synths, but I use a lot of Ableton effects for processing them. Really been enjoying Trash 2 and Ozone Elements. The most useful one for me is Camel Crusher because you can use it for so many different purposes, yeah Camel Crusher is the goat.
C: You have stated that What So Not is your inspiration. How do you emulate What So Not through your music, as well as in life?
WS: The What So Not project, in my opinion, is more than a music project. He takes you to his world with his tracks and live sets. So inspiring to see how an artist can take that much control of the experience and really bring something fresh and new every time without disappointment and still make it feel all connected. That’s what I shoot for with my tracks and this mix.
C: You teamed up with rSun for a remix of Kumarion’s “Want It”. How did this remix come together, and did you anticipate the track gaining some steam on SoundCloud the way it did?
WS: Me and rSun connected through discord about a year ago and we clicked because we had similar experiences (both in and out of music). One day he hit me up and said he needed help finishing a remix for a competition so he sent me the stems and we made one of my favorite tracks ever. It was one of those songs that actually got better the more you listened to it and because I made it with my friend, it was just that little more special!
C: When you’re not busy creating, which artists do you like to listen to?
WS: I listen to a lot of different kinds of music… everything from Sam Gellaitry’s collection, Wavedash’s new direction is fire, Tame Impala, The Killers, What So Not, Roddy Rich, ISOxo and most of Gang Starr’s work. These are just a few, I could go on for days!
C: Where is one place in the world that you would like to perform some day?
WS: Probably Outside Lands, because it’s the biggest festival in the Bay Area and if you make that lineup, you must be doing something right. Doing it big right here in my own backyard would be a dream come true.
C: What are some goals that you have for the remainder of 2021?
WS: Not too much time left in 2021, but I plan on working on really, really, really good new music and learning how to DJ so I can play some live shows in the next year! This is my first ever mix so I counted this as a milestone for the project this year as well. More is coming and I’m excited to see where this all goes.