“I recently read that vinyl records are selling again big time. Perhaps this is sign that the digital download tide is turning. I don’t know what the future holds.”
Check out the interview with Lee Williams exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Lee Williams: I have been performing, writing, and recording rock n’ roll music since the late seventies.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
My music is currently promoted on a number of online resources such as this magazine, online blogs, magazines (i.e. Skopemagazine.com), FM radio airplay, and independent internet radio stations such as Underground College Radio.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The music industry has taken a dramatic turn with the advent of internet streaming. The shear vast number of independent artists around today floods the market so to speak. It has become very hard to get signed
In my case, I would just like people to hear my music as I do it as a labor of love. I believe there is still a market for what I call “real” rock n’ roll.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
Living in the San Francisco Bay Area of California there is a vibrant music scene and there are some very good local bands. However, I find this area more conducive to alternative music as opposed to a more classic rock sound like mine.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
I recently read that vinyl records are selling again big time. Perhaps this is sign that the digital download tide is turning. I don’t know what the future holds. I think that while the industry has changed, there are more online opportunities out there for independent artists to get their music heard. Though proceeds for artists through the streaming services are minimal.
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
The same advice that has stood the test of time: hang in there, do it because you love it first. If you believe in your songs don’t give up. Get your music out as best you can so people can hear it. Good music eventually gets noticed.
What inspires you to write your next song?
I have been obsessed with music and making music since I was five. My inspiration never stops. I have had ideas that keep me up at night until I track them.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
My songs generally start with a chord progression or a riff that I may come up with and expand upon the idea from there. Some things will be added or deleted, or perhaps a bridge moved. I always write on a guitar. For me, lyrics are always last. Though sometimes I may have what I think is a good chorus to start and fill in verses.
What do you think makes a great song?
To me a great song is simple. Maybe a hook that stays in your mind or perhaps a melody that catches the ear. I like well written, simple songs. While I do not sound like him, I believe Tom Petty to be a very fine composer.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LeeWilliams1