INTERVIEW: Wiley Watson

Hi Wiley, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! Whats up guys?  I have been doing pretty well considering what is going on in the country with COVID. I am currently in Miami visiting my mother and old friends. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Kid”?

It’s the follow up song to my single“System Quick.”  With this song I wanted to take a more lighthearted approach. It’s out now and you can stream it on digital music platforms everywhere. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The song was inspired on a night out in York, England. I was with some of my friends and we went to a viking themed bar called Valhalla. We started drinking and ended up taking molly. It was a quiet Tuesday evening, so most bars were not happy to see a bunch of tattooed metalheads going berserk. At one point we got on the table and started dancing, we were thrown out immediately. I remember at some point I was talking to a girl and that caused a brawl between two parties. The song is a story about what went down that night. 

Any plans to release any sort of video for the track?

Yes, I plan on releasing a video a few weeks after the song drops. The music video is going to be animated. We are working with a very talented artist named David Boller. He has done some phenomenal work in the past and is going to make the video very fun and engaging. 

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the main guitar melody about two years ago, but didn’t start recording it until I found the main drum sample used in the song. I recorded a demo and showed it to my friend/producer Jack Lawson. We recorded the song in one night and by the end of the night I knew this song would be magnificent. 

I went to San Francisco a few weeks later to record the vocals with Matthew Rosales at his home studio. He has been a crucial part of my music and has helped me alot with songwriting and production. He heard the song and knew exactly how to make the lyrics engage with the listener. 

What role does NYC play in your music?

The energy of NYC is unmatchable. You are constantly on a grind no matter what. New York has given me a deep appreciation for my craft and has forced me to grind in ways I never thought imaginable. The overall atmosphere of the city motivates me so much. Each season inspires different ways I approach music too.  

How do you normally go on balancing all your different influences together? Would you lean towards a particular genre depending on the lyrics’ theme?

I tend to try and blend influences from all my favorite genres of music into my songs. I am a huge metalhead, and try to add some influences to my songs. For the majority of solos I will do heavy metal inspired licks with double harmonized guitars. The band In Flames has been my main influence for my lead solos. I also love using digital drums in my songs. A lot of the indie rock and alternative bands I listen to use digital drums. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I currently have multiple songs in the vault that are just waiting to be released. My team and I plan on releasing a lot of songs throughout the next few months. The next single is going to be very different from the last two. It’s more of a poetic and lyrical song rather than a musical one. 

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I plan on titling the next single “Gone.” It is a very sad song. It should be released a few weeks after “The Kid.” I can’t confirm a release date yet. 

What else is happening next in Wiley Watson’s world?

Currently I am in my senior year of college, and just trying to stay motivated with these online courses. I begin my thesis next semester, so I am in the process of getting ready for that. Other than that I am going back and forth between New York and Miami, where I was raised. I am also working on a ton of new songs with some very talented producers. 

Make sure to follow me on Spotify and Instagram to stay updated for future releases. @wiley__watson. My music video comes out next week, and it is going to be SICK. 

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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