Connect with us

Artist Spotlight

TWIN WLLMZ IS CREATING AN OUTSTANDING CAREER IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY


Hello Twin Wllmz
, Thanks for coming to Honk Magazine to talk about your career.

Tell us a little more about when you first got into music? 

As a teenager I was always around people who would rap and were pretty good at it, whether it was standing on the corner waiting for the school bus and they would have a cypher going or even in high school where a lot of my friends would battle rap against other neighborhoods.  It’s just something that’s always been in my life and I started writing songs maybe around 18 years old but started taking it more seriously around 23-24 as far as coming up with different flows, cadences and trying new sounds. 

 

Advertisement

If you could describe your sound/style in one word, what would it be and why? 

Unique. A lot of people are surprised when they hear my music because based on my image they expect one type of sound lol. I love hip hop, R&B and Soft Rock & Roll/Pop Rock. I utilize all of these genres when creating my original music. Growing up my burnt CDs I would have in the CD player would go from Dipset to Usher to Evanescence to Drowning Pool lol I’m releasing an Ep soon and can’t wait for people to hear my sound.

Advertisement

 

What would you say to any aspiring recording artists who look up to your work? 

Advertisement

I would tell them to block out the noise. On your journey you will meet people who may not understand your vision and some may even try to discourage you, I just stress that you just keep going with the plan you envisioned for yourself. Don’t be afraid to put your art out there and don’t be obsessed with numbers, likes and views. Even If you get just 3 people you’ve never met before to thoroughly watch and enjoy your work you’re doing great. That 3 will eventually turn into 3000 if you stay consistent and keep putting out good work.

 

Advertisement

What quote or mantra do you live by? 

No one can be you better than you can be yourself. I live by that quote, I feel as though so many people are trying to be someone they’re not when you’re better off just being yourself.

Advertisement

 

What is your hobby outside of music? 

Advertisement

I am heavily involved with creating safe spaces for LGBT Youth. I partner with The Attic Youth Center to ensure that our LGBT Youth know they are recognized and taken care of. I am also on The Employee Resource Group Board at my place of employment as The LGBT Chapter Lead. I use my music to bring awareness to the community, I was just blessed with being able to design a shirt and donate proceeds to help our youth with back to school shopping and shoot a Music video based around Pride to help sell the shirts.

 

Advertisement

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

I’m manifesting this lol I do see myself as a credited sought out songwriter with known industry artists and at least 2 songs on billboard within the next 5 years. I see myself partnering with Allies and Peers to start a LGBT+ Youth organization where we can provide housing and shelter to our young people that may need assistance and programs to guide them on the right path.

Advertisement

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why.

I wish someone told me not to be afraid to ask for things when I first started. There’s been so many missed opportunities due to being scared of “being annoying” or “Doing too much”. If you are blessed to be around people who are in the field that you are attempting to break into then you cannot be afraid to share your ideas with people and just ask if it’s something they can help bring to light. A great example is I wanted to have an dialogue with Angela Yee from The Breakfast Club who is an extremely busy person but I also know that she is a true ally of the LGBT Community so I just reached out and inquired if I could collaborate on a video with her in which she was more than happy to do. I feel as though if you come with a plan and you’re prepared then take that leap…ALL THEY CAN DO IS SAY NO!

Advertisement

 

I wish someone told me to BE YOURSELF! when I first started. A lot of the reason on why it took me so long to start putting out music and making videos is because I was Gay and was kind of closeted up until my early/mid 20’s. I had a few people I confided in but was scared for everybody to find out and judge me. Once I healed myself and started to be more confident in myself as a person it just increased the confidence I had in my music to fully express myself.

Advertisement

 

I wish someone told me they believed in me when I first started. I have a huge support team now and so many people that fully engage with me but in the beginning you need your friends etc to be the ones to put the battery in your back. You have to have people around you who will fully support you and fully be honest with you. When I first started putting out music a lot of people were so confused because they were just used to me playing the background, giving concepts, directing videos etc . They honestly didn’t believe in my writing abilities until I just stayed focused and kept writing and recording music until it became undeniable that I am an amazing artist. Those same people I now collab with and they love hearing my music lol

Advertisement

 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Advertisement

Don’t try to do too many projects at once, especially if you’re still on the come up. I personally try to make content every 2 months and just push what I made for 2 months until I’m ready for the next project. This is while I’m going to the studio to record 2 songs and 2 hooks at least once a week. I don’t have all the answers because I’m still trying to claw my way fully in the industry myself lol

 

Advertisement

Do you have anything new or upcoming we can expect to see from you? 

Yes! I will be dropping an Ep soon, I want to reveal the name but the concept is so dope and no one has thought of it yet so I have to keep it to myself lol I will just say it will be a collection of amazing songs that I started putting together about 8 months ago. I honestly can see movie studios contacting me to put some of them in movies or tv shows lol I have a few more songs that I want to perfect but I’m in the meantime I have a single I will be dropping titled “Upside Down”.

Advertisement

 

What is the inspiration behind your latest song?

Advertisement

Honestly I was sitting in my apartment just thinking about how life can be so shitty and this is not what I expected when I grew up lol. The balance of being Up (Happy) and being Do

 

Advertisement

How can our readers follow you online? 

The best way to follow my journey is to hit my Instagram at @aka_twin

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay updated! Click the Google News follow button for more news and updates.

Follow on Google News

Artist Spotlight

Richard Lynch Sticks to Tradition on Biographical “Right Where He Ought to Be”

“Right Where He Ought to Be”, like much of Richard Lynch’s work, is deeply rooted in traditional country music, often celebrating the simplicity of rural life, hard work, and strong family values. “Right Where He Ought to Be” continues this tradition, with its narrative (about Hollywood stuntman, Kim Kahana) focusing on finding contentment and a sense of belonging in one’s life choices and circumstances. The title itself suggests a story of realization and acceptance, reflecting on the journey of an individual who has discovered their place in the world—whether it be through returning to their roots, embracing their current life stage, or finding peace in their personal or professional life.

The song narrates the life of Kim Kahana, who, from a young age, walked across the country alone to make California his home. With only a third-grade education and having survived the Great Depression, he joins the military to fight in Korea, where he is captured and nearly killed. Displaying remarkable courage, he escapes death by faking his death and escaping. After the war, he returns to California, aspiring to work in the film industry. Starting as a stuntman, he eventually becomes a revered figure in Hollywood, teaching others for over 70 years.

Advertisement

Key messages include the power of belief in oneself, the importance of perseverance, and the idea that it’s never too late to find where you belong.

Richard Lynch stands out in the country music scene for his steadfast dedication to the traditional country sound, characterized by its storytelling, emotional honesty, and connection to rural life and blue-collar experiences. “Right Where He Ought to Be” is a reflection of these core themes, encapsulating the essence of what Lynch’s music represents.

Advertisement

Comparing “Right Where He Ought to Be” to the rest of Lynch’s discography, several key similarities and distinctions emerge:

Advertisement
  1. Thematic Continuity: Lynch’s songs frequently explore themes of love, loyalty, hard work, and the importance of roots and heritage. “Right Where He Ought to Be” aligns with these themes, likely offering a narrative that celebrates finding one’s place and peace in life, a recurring motif in his work.
  2. Musical Style: Lynch is known for his commitment to traditional country instrumentation and arrangements, shying away from the pop-influenced sounds that dominate modern country. This song, like much of his work, features classic country instruments such as steel guitar, fiddle, and acoustic guitar, creating a sound that is both nostalgic and timeless.
  3. Authenticity and Personal Connection: One of Lynch’s strengths is his ability to draw from his own life experiences, giving his music an authentic and relatable quality. Whether “Right Where He Ought to Be” is autobiographical or inspired by the stories of others, it maintains this personal touch, connecting with listeners through shared experiences and emotions.
  4. Evolution and Consistency: While maintaining a consistent sound, Lynch also shows evolution in his music, exploring various facets of country life and personal introspection. This song represents a deeper, more reflective side of Lynch, offering insights into his personal philosophy or life journey while still fitting comfortably within his established musical identity.

Overall, “Right Where He Ought to Be” serves as both a continuation of and a unique entry in Richard Lynch’s discography. It showcases his strengths as a traditional country artist while offering listeners a potentially new perspective on finding one’s place in the world. As with all of Lynch’s music, the song  resonates with those who appreciate country music’s ability to tell stories that are deeply human and profoundly relatable.

Other suggestions for similar themes and exploration would include Johnny Cash, for his storytelling in songs like “A Boy Named Sue,” which also explores themes of identity and destiny. and films about Hollywood’s golden era, such as “La La Land,” for its exploration of dreams, success, and the allure of the silver screen.

–Roger Newsome

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight

Bill Abernathy Shines on Personal Journey of Growth on “More” (Single Review)

Bill Abernathy’s work often delves into themes of personal growth, the passage of time, and the quest for meaning beyond the material world. His storytelling approach gives voice to the universal human experience, using personal anecdotes to touch on larger truths.

The title of his latest single release, “More” suggests a yearning for something beyond the present, perhaps a deeper connection, understanding, or a sense of fulfillment that material possessions or societal achievements cannot provide. Abernathy’s music typically encourages listeners to reflect on their own lives, questioning what truly matters and urging an exploration of one’s values and desires.

Advertisement

“More” invites listeners on a reflective journey, prompting them to consider what they are seeking more of in their own lives. The song explores themes of love, connection, freedom, or personal fulfillment, all wrapped in Abernathy’s signature folk-infused sound.

The lyrics delve deeply into themes of longing, connection, and the quest for something profound beyond the superficial layers of relationships and self-perception. The repetition of “more than” throughout the song serves as a powerful literary device, emphasizing the singer’s deep yearning for a connection that transcends the ordinary—seeking a love and understanding that goes beyond the physical and the fleeting moments to touch something eternal and true.

Advertisement

The lyrics explore the internal conflict and vulnerability of opening up to such a profound level of connection. The mention of “facing these feelings I fear to explore” and “exposing my weakness” speaks to the courage it takes to confront one’s own vulnerabilities and the fear of rejection or loss that often accompanies such openness. This vulnerability is juxtaposed with a longing for a connection that is “more than just friends, more than just lovers,” suggesting a desire for a deep, soulful bond that surpasses conventional relationship labels and experiences.

The repeated references to “searching,” “journey,” and “exploring the shadows” illustrate the internal and external quests for meaning, understanding, and connection in life. These themes resonate with the universal human experience of seeking something greater than ourselves, something that gives life depth and meaning beyond the surface level.

Advertisement

“More” also touches on the idea of loss and healing, with lines like “more than the bridges I burned as I crossed” and “more than the scars disguising my heart,” indicating a history of pain and the struggle to move beyond past hurts towards a more meaningful and fulfilling connection.

Advertisement

The song’s exploration of these themes invites listeners to reflect on their own lives, relationships, and inner desires. It challenges the notion of what love can be and encourages a deeper, more introspective look at how we connect with others and what we truly seek in those connections.

The emotional depth and lyrical complexity of “More” make it a poignant meditation on love, vulnerability, and the human condition’s eternal search for something greater than ourselves. It’s a call to explore the depths of our hearts and to dare to imagine and strive for a connection that transcends the ordinary.

Advertisement

In the realm of music, the song “More” is a delightful celebration of the quintessential elements of folk and Americana genres. It’s expertly adorned with the charming notes of an acoustic guitar, the rhythmic beats of drums, and the melodic tones of a piano, all coming together in a harmonious blend. The guitar is gently strummed, creating a soothing hum that is both comforting and inviting.

This musical symphony is further accentuated by the subtle touches of percussive elements that play in the background, providing an enchanting canvas for Abernathy’s vocals to shine. His voice is warm, intimate, and drenched in sincerity, perfectly capturing the essence of the song’s introspective nature.

Advertisement

“More” is a song that takes you on an emotional journey, evoking feelings of nostalgia and introspection. It’s a reflective piece that prompts a melancholic mood, bringing forth a sense of depth and thoughtfulness. However, despite its somber undertones, there’s an undeniable charm and cheerfulness to it, making it a joy to listen to. It’s a true testament to the beauty of folk and Americana music, a delightful auditory experience that’s sure to leave listeners feeling touched and moved.

-Jason Spezza

Advertisement
Continue Reading

Video Of The Week

Trending