Interview With WLK: 'I want to be apart of a change in the mental composition of humanity.'
We were fortunate enough to interview artist WLK.
When did you realise that you had a passion for music?
I think I recognized I really wanted to perform more than anything else. And that where ever I performed I wanted to do it without the politics. So much stuff like theater, and tv, and radio and stuff can end up being about "the look". It ends up being about who likes you and who wants to co-sign you and stuff. I wanted to create and it be about what I made. What i was able to connect with the audience and how the craft pushed the fold. Period. So having done poetry and growing through that experience, I really recognized I wanted to make music between that and a desire to perform. I just love giving people my energy and music has been the best vehicle to communicate that.
Who are your main inspirations as an artist?
My inspirations vary sometimes, I can't lie. Over all and consistent, artist like Childsih Gambino, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar I always reference because, they are a little bit of everything. They are form shifters and they aren't married to a sound. They are married to the goal. The feeling the energy and the way it effects the people. In certain categories my tone shifts though. I love Pusha T for his pen and ability to communicate with less words and more tone. I like watching new comers break through. I watched Vince Staples rise, and Tyler, The Creator is a legend of mutation, and now Saint Jhn is definitely someone I am a student to. And then when it comes to just music composition, making a song as a whole, people like Drake and Lil Baby and Travis Scott are amazing. I know those are all rap artists and stuff but, outside that people like Sade, Miles Davis, Twenty One Pilots, and a bunch of other people help me change how I see music and what it can do.
What would you like to achieve as an artist?
I think as an artist I want to make people feel and think . I want to be apart of a change in the mental composition of humanity. I had an event, before everything, where I finally put into words , I think for the first time , what I wanna do as an artist. I want to be apart of the sound track of my supporters life I wanna have tracks and experiences they listen to when they are happy and when they are sad. When they are like super socially aware and when they are just raging or having a good time. All of it
What is your most memorable moment while being an artist?
I think probably the most memorable moment was my first real concert. I opened for this band called Back Drop Violet in Lubbock, TX and it was crazy. And I did a show and the lights went off and it was just me and the crowd. And I cried. Like on stage during the performance. The energy and the hard work had let to that moment and even though it was a glimpse, it kept me alive and made me feel like. Holy shit. I can do this. And that’s like so important to being indie. Is believing that you can actually do this .
Who is the biggest artist you’ve worked with?
The biggest artist I’ve probably worked with was Rakeem Miles. I was at Camp Flog Gnaw in LA and he had a show and I made the cut to open for him. Even though I’m from LA that was my first show back in the city I was born. It was like, prophetic in a way.
Tell us a little more about your recent project?
My single Level was really my attempt in the album to focus on creating a string hook and not being to rap rap. I wanted an inviting everyone type song. The album has a lot of different sounds in general and so I just wanted to have a good time and let it happen. The project as a whole , Lassiez-Faire, I focused on not over thinking but being genuine to myself . Where I was at and things I was thinking about in life and everything.
What should we be looking forward to from you in the future?
I feel like I’m really really drawn to ensembles. I have done people art sets before in the past but at its highest level I feel I would take it to new heights inside of hip hop in very unique ways.
Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers?
Their support is everything. This thing happens because they feed it. With the positivity, the love, the comments. All of it. I am an artist that they can grow with. The underdog they can root for because in a way, I’m like everyone else. Chasing the version of me I wanna be. And I know I’m gonna make it. Just like they can.