We had the good fortune of connecting with Wil Key and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wil, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
As a musician, one of the most misunderstood things I see coming from fans is the time is takes to actually create and record the quality music that they are listening to. Most non-musicians and music lovers view music as “free” now because it is so readily available on streaming platforms and YouTube, etc. What gets lost is how much time, craft, blood, sweat and tears go into the work that people are consuming for free or very cheaply. There is a big lack of awareness around this in the industry and it is really hurting us artists and making it difficult for us to earn a respectable living from this profession. It is literally taking food out of our mouths at this point.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been writing and recording original music professionally for over 20 years now! I am so grateful for the artists and teachers that have inspired me along the way. This year, I am releasing my 5th solo studio album which is entitled “Globetrotter: Side B.” For this project, we wanted to do something big, so each track is being recorded in a different country of the globe. So far we have been to Nigeria, Australia, Berlin, Rio De Janeiro, Japan and the Philippines (among others). I am very excited about this project because it involves so many different talents and cultures from so many different and interesting places! We will be shooting a new music video for it soon and there are some big give-aways for those that sign-up to follow the journey on my website – www.wil-key.com
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So, assuming this is post-Rona…lol… I would definitely take them to a live music set at Harvelle’s in Long Beach. I would likely be playing as well as a host of great musical talent from the area. The drinks and vibe are amazing and there’s a great view of the stage from the center seats! Favorite drink there is a “Headliner.”
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to mention one fo my musical heroes – Prince Roger Nelson! From him I gained so much in the way of inspiration, musicality, risk-taking, being authentic and just a general work ethic. He was one of the greatest to ever do what we do as artists and my hat is eternally off to him. Amazing artist!