“Never despise small beginnings. Also, Take your time and perfect your craft, don’t be in a huge rush to release your music. It will never be perfect but get as close as you possibly can. another piece of advice is YOU DON’T NEED DEEP POCKETS. In this day and age, all you need is a computer, some headphones and some cheap software. Most important never give up.”

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t? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
W: I grew up in a Christian family even now I read the bible on a day to day basis. I enjoyed listening to contemporary gospel artists like Mary Mary, Canton Jones, Kirk Franklin, etc. One day I started doing research on how music was made and the recording process and how a beat composition is done and I decided to give it a shot. I downloaded a trial copy of the digital audio workstation fruity loops and started making beats and one thing lead to another. The most interesting part for me is that I never had much practice in music It was like something woke up inside of me and took over. It just came natural and now 6 years later here I am.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Never despise small beginnings. Also, Take your time and perfect your craft, don’t be in a huge rush to release your music. It will never be perfect but get as close as you possibly can. another piece of advice is YOU DON’T NEED DEEP POCKETS. In this day and age, all you need is a computer, some headphones and some cheap software. Most important never give up.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
Music marketing, With me being on a tight budget and still practically a new artist at times doing serious marketing to get my music to the right ears can sometimes be a challenge.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
Facebook ads and my label Bentley records do their part in marketing my music through social media as well, and I also sell CDs on the streets. Things have changed for the better but in many situations, the old strategy’s are always able to withstand the test of time.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I’m originally from Jacksonville FL. People are very supportive of my home city, especially my church, The church 320. They love me there. Things are great and constantly getting better.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I see myself representing touring around the world within a years time.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
I am constantly inspired by Kirk Franklin and how he was able to take Christian music and really make and appeal to a much broader audience back in the 90’s and keep going nonstop in today’s time. Even though we talk about different topics future is someone I have a lot of respect for too, his creativity and evolving sound and nonstop work ethic is out of this world.

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
The music that is coming out today is great hip-hop music has definitely changed mostly due to an increase in new artists and producers, I have a lot of love for 21 Savage and Kodak Black. I’m a big fan of Metro Boomin and 808 Mafia and the things they’ve accomplished.

Thanks! Where can we contact you and find you online?
I have a facebook page specifically dedicated to my music:
https://www.facebook.com/Willattlarge/

https://www.facebook.com/william.w.johnson.1

https://www.instagram.com/william_e_johnson/