Underground Interview With Toofpick Will
Ever since a young age, Toofpick Will has found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process.
Combining an unmatched passion for music with his natural talent, Toofpick Will is pursuing his dream of being an influential music professional.
Toofpick Will has always been musically gifted. From a young age, he was singing, performing, and playing a variety of instruments. Throughout the course of his musical career, Toofpick has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues, making loads of public appearances, volunteering, regularly packaging up clothes, goodies and food for the homeless of San Antonio, all the while recording new music and interacting with his fans that he calls his "Picks".
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Hip Hop mostly due to the content i evoke in each song. It was only recently that i began to expand my versatility tapping into different genres. It's to provide as many various styles of my work to reach any potential fan that may listen to music other than Hip-Hop. I believe that's the foundation of my sound, it's designed for the listener to describe their input that would define my sound because I am my music.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
"Toofpick" derived from my grade school days, where that name was the most popular of all labels thrown at me from so-called bullies wanting to get a kick by intimidating me.It stuck with me to where i put it together with my real name (Will) to create my alias, so people don't have to ask me what my real name is.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
mainly music itself, what it does, whatever moods it brings out of your mind & body with complex vibrations through words and instrumentals. I grew up on it as a child, and my parents were opposite poles when it came to musical taste, so I was absorbing everyone who did what they loved the best, from Michael Jackson to Tupac to Selena to Jimi Hendrix to The Beatles and so on.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I'm working toward my debut Album, it's been 10+ years in the making. I wanted to release an EP 1st since i haven't before, but considering it's a handful of tracks, the album is going to be double that, with those additions being the crossover tracks i mentioned earlier, it'll be worth the wait.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
to touch as many lives as possible. Knowing that my work is being listened to in countries around the world, I'd love to see more of that in person, especially when giving back. So i'm hoping to travel soon once this pandemic dies down. I believe the smiles brought in from my sounds to me are more valuable than any award or check i'm rewarded
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I don't really have one honestly but if i do have to choose it would be "Walk My Walk" it's one of the most interactive of my tracks.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
The traveling. Everything else can be easy to take care of and be comfy with but gathering your team to travel & tour with you is itself a hassle though it does create a slew of memories during each trip.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I have a big staring contest with a piece of paper or my smartphone screen after a few words i jot down. it began to take less time after utilizing my poetry skills to write more songs over the years. Bob Dylan writing "All Along The Watchtower" in 14 minutes inspired me to do it faster
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media has helped expand my work to almost every part of the world, especially when it started out with Myspace & Twitter. It also made everything easier in terms of reaching out to music labels without mailing demo tapes before in years past. Nowadays that's one of the first things A&Rs and Scouts be looking for in who they want to partner with, so it's important to flex the influencer in you to gain that kind of notoriety.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
My playlist honestly has so much various music to list it makes Baskin Robbin's flavor menu look like Raising Cane's flavor menu ha, though i do have some new releases out of my favorites i listen to the most. Nas, DMX, J.Cole, Sauce Walka dropped some fuego this year to name a few off top
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
Just writing poems and drawing on clothes,this peaked in my freshman year in college before i found a studio to access and record one of my poems.I still fabric paint on some shirts here and there. I've now evolved it into TW merch which will be part of my website soon
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
2 words--stay consistent. All of the most successful artists in the World had a lengthy period where they've stayed consistent with their work, and that's what their fans will remember them for. It's gone to a point in time in this industry where "Out of mind, out of sight" is the hidden mantra within the business, so staying consistent will keep everyone paying attention
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
There are many to list on this, but one stands out in particular and that's accessibility. playing your most confident hit single not just through underground radio and blogs but through terrestial radio and top music websites.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality should rule above all, though repetition is also the father of learning. The difference is when you make something original and it's bigger than you've imagined, it can be repeated throughout and reimagined through another copycat's song over the years.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
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