We had the good fortune of connecting with Billy Chadwick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Billy, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I chose an artistic/creative career for the same reason somebody would lick the business side of a 9-volt battery.. Because it was too much fun not to. I joke, but there’s some truth in there. My mom always says “the Chadwicks are the types of people that will touch the hot stove despite people telling them it’s hot”. I’ve learned through risk, I’ve gained through risk, and I’ve had fun through risk. To feel this sense of being alive and creating a new feeling that wasn’t there before, that’s a huge reason why I chose a creative life. Sure, there’s not always money for it. I work also as a working musician which can be safer as an already established project/band/production is spearheading and I am just a working part of it. However, the risk of doing my own thing is too tempting not too try.
That’s the first part of it, the part that makes it comfortable to make such risks in my mind and take them. The creativity and art is the main export of these risks. Now art to me, is a bit harder to explain. I’ve always felt a need to be more creative or artistic. Not in competition with others, but as a mean to not only stand out as my own person but to feel the edge something in me that I don’t fully understand. Kinda like the feeling of walking from the shore into the ocean to swim and feeling the power of nature against your will to have fun in it… That doesn’t really make sense does it? Well guess what? Neither does art sometimes and that’s the point I want to make! I’d rather do my best to explain who what I feel then try to explain who I am. As people, we are so intricate and complex when it comes to how we feel and finding an avenue to express that is extremely important as humans on this big yet sometimes seemingly small planet. I want to thrive in this feeling and chase a way to express new and old feelings and find tangible ways to express them for others to connect with, disagree with, and build upon. Creativity goes beyond finding a cool riff to play or an interesting set of lyrics but more so what they made others and myself feel. I wanna be that and live a career like that.
The last reason is money. Yup. I want to make a huge sum of money in a very quick way… Can you guess how it’s going so far?
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I don’t know how different I am but I often hear that I’m kinda weird and I like that about myself. I rarely get shy or nervous and would prefer to jump on a moment and apologize for it later than to not take a chance to be funny or have fun. I’m proud of myself and the actions I’m taking towards becoming the “Billy” I know I will become. With that said, I’m excited about this upcoming album I’m working on as the songs will represent many different sides of myself and my journey towards this collection of songs. Speaking of which, my journey, much like many others’, hasn’t been a straight path but instead had many detours and flat tires. I try to keep in mind that each moment of the journey presents a lesson or maybe a breath of reality that was needed in a way. I’ve worked hard on my goals and seen myself come to a place where I feel like my work and musical taste is being recognized by more and more people. This makes me realize that the work and life I’ve lived truly means something and that I’m headed in the right direction. Never give in to despair. To quote Uncle Iroh, “Hope is something you give yourself, that is the meaning of inner strength.”, keep at it, re-evaluate your path, recalibrate, replan, but please don’t give up on life. A huge lesson I’ve learned from an older mentor than myself is that you have a long life and have plenty of opportunities to make mistakes and recover from them. It’s worth it to try different things. Keep learning, keep trying, keep showing up and you will see the changes in your life that you did and did not expect. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. When success becomes a necessity, dominance is inevitable. Steal a car!.. Okay don’t do that last one… What I want to world to know about me can’t be finely put into words but shown through my actions so I will continue to work hard on showing the world who I am, what I feel, and what I’ve got!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Okay my best friend comes to visit and here’s the scenario: “Oh hey best friend! Welcome to Earth! It’s pretty crazy here, sometimes people are sad and angry but also people find the best reasons to smile and laugh whilst enjoying the world they live on. First let’s go to a beach and enjoy swimming in the water followed by deep talks on the sand. Then let’s go for a bike ride around the coast. Ooo we try this cool vegan spot in LA, I haven’t been there so it’ll be even more fun to do together. You down to jam on some human musical instruments at my abode? Oh whaaa? There’s a cumbia band playing down the street?? Let’s go! Wow, that was fun let’s chill out a bit. Wanna lay on that grass hill? This is planet’s sunset is relaxing and I’m glad we can experience it together. Ooo it’s getting dark, wanna go on a night hike? Yeah good point, I don’t wanna get eaten by an Earth bear. How about we go watch a movie at my place? I’ll buy some Mango carts. Oh I know! I’ll set up the fire pit and projector. Gosh dang oh diddly this has been a fun day and I’m glad we got some great hangs in today. I hope you’ll come back to Earth soon.”
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oof too many people to mention but Imma do my best. YO! I wanna give a shoutout to my mama for always being my rock when I needed to bash my sad thoughts and insecurities on something. LOVE YOU MAMA! Okay okay for real though, I’ve had many MANY mentors throughout my life and many MANY MANY people who have supported me without even needing to. I was in a band Official Biz that taught me so much about performing and living the funk lifestyle whilst also showing me how to be a real showman on stage. My college professors at Citrus College and Pasadena City college drilled the idea of hard work, music theory, and performance into my brain, body, and soul. Countless people who have made me feel like I had something special when I felt like I was just being weird and had nothing special. Thank you, my sister Lisa!! I’ve had countless bandmates/music peeps who I’ve had the honor of performing with, recording with, and just sharing great memories with. We’re all on the road to greatness and I appreciate you for always having my back in my dreams and reminding me “That’s weird… You should do it!”. Shoutout to my bandmates: Miranda Soto, Dom Vee, Carlos Elias, Chad Tarango, and Lukas Romero. Y’all are making this current music journey an excellent experience in its own right. Thanks for helping me record this upcoming album too! Oh? I didn’t mention that? Yup, I’m working on a brand new album and its going to be one of the greatest albums of ALL TIME!
Stage Photo by : Arthur Mijares Guilas @arkyvd.photos Billys pic and Billy eats pic by : Daniella Andrade; Edited by: Billy Billy Band pic : Billy