My interview with singer, songwriter and musician Lydell Williams who sings from a place of Love, Life, Romance and Relationships. The Little Rock, AR native is establishing himself with a sound reminiscent of prominent fixtures in neo-soul music such as D’Angelo, Musiq Soulchild and Raheem DeVaughn. His album, The Sound of My Melodies is available in all major online music stores.
Terrance: Talk to me about the recording process for your album, The Sound of My Melodies?
Lydell Williams: The recording process was a true journey in my growth, a well needed learning experience. It taught me to balance. It brought me to a place of hope and love again. It brought me to write and sing from different places. It brought me The Sound of My Melodies.
Terrance: “Don’t Go Looking for Love” is a personal favorite, share the inspiration behind that song.
Lydell Williams: “Don’t Go Looking for Love” was inspired by my quest of studying “love” and its origin and what it really means. What is love? The many types of love. Where does it come from? Where should you start looking for it? What kind of love should you be looking for? These questions of curiosity drove this song through the roof with a rich sound filled with melodies, solid lyrics and jewels to share with a beautiful message that resonates with everyone. I believe it represents my life and album as well as the message and inspiration and substance I want to give a share with music lovers around the globe.
Terrance: Got it. Who were your greatest musical influences coming along?
Lydell Williams: My musical influences were a wide range of music like Maze, Earth Wind and Fire, The Gap Band, The Isley Brothers, James Brown, Al Green, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Womack, Lee Williams, Ray Charles, Teddy P, Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Mahalia Jackson, Miles Davis, Michael Jackson, Prince, Sade, 90's R&B like D'Angelo, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Bilal, Musiq Soulchild.
Terrance: Your thoughts on R&B and where it stands today.
Lydell Williams: Honestly I believe there's a major need for more great R&B music. I also believe that this is the year of the R&B takeover. A lot of the legends are returning to the music industry.
Terrance: Recording Vs. Performing, which do you ultimately prefer?
Lydell Williams: I'm a lover of the art, so I love both. But If I had to choose one to do everyday ultimately it would be recording because I'm a very creative individual with so much to give and live and say.
Terrance: How effective is social media to your brand of artist?
Lydell Williams: Social media is the reason my brand, my music and artistry is available and accessible to touch so many music lovers around the globe, so I'll say it’s a major asset to the industry as well the independent artist like myself.
Terrance: Are there any ventures in Entertainment besides music you’re pursuing or would like to?
Lydell Williams: I have an extreme love for the arts. So fashion, an abstract art Line, and acting I would like to pursue.
Terrance: What advice would you give other rising artists who aspire to do what you do?
Lydell Williams: Well my advice to other rising artists who aspire to do what I do would be learn the business extremely well. Stay true and authentic to yourselves, work extremely hard, learn and love your craft, know that to whom much is given much is required, and nothing comes easy. Stay grounded and keep a prayer in life because you’re gonna need it.
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Terrance: What is it you would like people to take from their listening experience?
Lydell Williams: I want prove that music can move you, your mind, body, and soul. A new brand of Neo-Soul, a new sound in your ears. I believe my music is different in that the pure non-confused expression of joy, truth and honest emotion that can be extraordinarily gratifying and inspiring. I'd like people to experience my story, my sound. Back to the roots of R&B and Neo-Soul filled with substance, raw feelings, and emotions conveyed by life experiences with potent lyrics and live instrumentation, full of passion. Motivated to create a legacy and sound of my own.