Tha Vill [thavill]
What do you do? What is your musical specialty?
I rap,sing, write and produce. More importantly I specialize in eargasms.
Do you work alone or in a group? If in a group, who are the others you work with?
I am a solo artist, but I'm in two groups too. They are very different styles. I'm in a group called ALL ACESS (POP) with ex American Idols Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo and pop singer/rapper Rachele Royale. I'm aldo in a newly started group called 3 AM with Rachele Royale releasing this summer.
Is there a web address where one can listen, see, or read some of your work?
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/THAVILLmusic ALSO www.ABOUT.ME/THAVILL ALSO GOOGLE THA VILL
Please list any awards, competitions, or other acknowledgments you would like to mention.
I had the #4 song of the year in 2010 in Canada called -RIDE IT- My UK released single MORE THAN FRIENDS charted top 10 on DMC charts. I had over 1 million downloads of my song California Dreams feat. Ya Boy and Game in 2010 and over 250,000 downloads of my 1st mixtape Approaching Earth vol.1
How did you begin making music? Who introduced you?
I started making music seriously in 2000. But I fell in love with music when I was 5 when my grandfather let me play drums at his church for the church chior. I was also joined the Chicago Childrens chior when I was 10.
What was your musical education?
I come from a classical/orchrastral music background. I took piano lessons from age 8-11.
When did you realise that making music could be a way of life for you?
Lol realistically when I got my first
Paycheck from making music
What is your creative process?
There is no method that I follow. I can be indpired by the beat or sometimes I get ideas and melodies in my head and I record them. I get inspired by other artist sometimes too.
When do you have your most lucid moments, in the morning or night?
Def. at night! I'm a night owl
Have you ever awoken with a melody created from your dreams?
Yes I wrote a whole song in my dreams once and woke up remembering the whole song. The song was Ride It and it turned out to be one of my most succesful songs
How do you know when a song is finished or needs no more changes?
Sometimes it happens after the first listen, but I can sit on a song up to a week before it's final
What part of your job is your least favourite?
By far the business side of music! I hate it sometime. I think it takes away from creativity
How often do you practice?
I write everyday.
How do you feel right before going out on stage?
It's the best feeling in the world! Performing your hard work in front of people waiting to hear it. That's what it's all about.
Which musicians or groups have been inspiring to your career?
Probably Outkast has been the most influential especially early on in my career. They where the first hip hop artist to step outside the box and that's how I am. I like to experiement with different sounds.
List three songs that are key to your life.
Bombs over bagdad (outkast), Ms. Jackson (Outkast), Dear Momma (pac)
What should be done to stop piracy?
Nothing, I think if people are stealing my music it's ok, they can all then pay to come to my show and see me live because they can't steal that.
What type of music do you detest?
Any type that's racist or puts people down.
What time did you get up this morning?
Depends how late i was in the studio the night before
How do you sell yourself? What has been your experience with record companies and representatives?
I sell myself by staying consistant and dynamic, I can make any type of music I want to, and if you have been following me you have heard dance, rap, pop and rock from me. I know a lot of music execs and major artist. I'm cool with all of them and always willing to work with them if the business is right.
What other things have you done to make a living?
Nothing but music for the past 7 years.
Who would you play with, without a doubt?
Outkast! Kanye! Any artist that stepped out the box
What advice would you give to someone starting out in the business?
Learn the business, develope patience, be persistant, Get use to hearing NO but use that as fuel to get better. Always work on ya game, find an investor that believes in you. Stay true to you!
Los Angeles, CA