We had the good fortune of connecting with Willie Christian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Willie, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve always had a love for music, which was introduced to me by my grandmother Jackie Hester(RIP). She used to make me sit right next to her on the bench as she played the piano at her church. When I decided to pursue a career in music, I initially started out wanting to be an engineer for one of my best friends who wanted to rap. As I was learning to engineer, I heard a lot of artists’ music and knew I could do it a lot better. So I started putting words together, and once I knew I was good enough I started recording and the rest is history.
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.
Hmmm… what sets me apart from other artists? I think my voice and tone on the mic, combined with my lyricism and versatility, which isn’t common for artists from the South. Also, when I create music, I always write with the intention to make the listener think as they bob their head, especially with storytelling. I’m mostly proud about being respected by a lot of my peers and a few of my favorite artists, and I’m excited to be releasing music again in the very near future. I got to where I am professionally mainly by always seeking to better creatively and business wise. This shit has never been easy, and I understand that I have to take all the hardships because this is what I chose to do. I learned from those situations and my mistakes, and those situations forced me to move strategic. Lessons I’ve learned: 1) Don’t chase trends and stay true to yourself. 2) Always aim to learn more. 3) Make sure your business is straight. 4) Don’t be afraid to express and expand your creativity outside your comfort zone. The thing I want the world to know about me is that I’m an artist who’s real and always finds a way to win. May not be what you scripted out or drew up, but you have to find the way that’s best for you every single time.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well, Covid kinda got things locked down now lol. But if my people were in the city for a week without Covid, we’d definitely be hitting restaurants, at some spots where my favorite and looking at the amazing views in San Diego. We’d def take a trip to LA to see the tourist spots. Most of my free time is spent at my day job, eating, or in someone’s studio working on music.
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’d have to say my older brother Dolio The Sleuth and my crew the Pallbearers. Dolio is part of the bluegrass hip-hop group Gangstagrass. As a kid, I used to watch him and his best friend El rap and scratch records and I thought that was the dopest shit in the world. I learned how to rap from him. He was the first of my siblings to rap, and when he heard I was rapping, he hit me immediately and gave me the basics of becoming an artist. I still get game from him to this day. As far as the Pallbearers, I see them like my blood brothers. All of us are artists and producers, with mutual respect and support for each other, focused on winning not just at music, but in life. I’m always inspired by their successes and achievements as they are mine.
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