Photo credit to Zach Ryan.
Epic hip-hop pioneer Vo Williams may not be a name you recognize right off the bat, but you are sure to have heard his music in some way. With his songs being featured in household favorite shows such as Lethal Weapon, Empire, and SNL, Williams is constantly working to take his career to the next level. Continue reading to learn more about Vo Williams and his music.
What up world? I’m Vo Williams, a musician based out of Los Angeles, by way of Florida. And I’m a pioneer of a sub genre making waves in cinema called Epic Hip-Hop.
The power and the creativity. All of the Artists I love most are incredible live performers, with legendary visual presentations. Often when I create, I actually perform my ideas out loud and imagine how they would resonate in a stadium performance. I also have visions of cinematic moments in film, and can see and hear how the music is communicating as a part of that imagined visual experience. The artist who inspired my initial desire shared that kind of full experiential sensibility.
‘I Am the One’ is about realizing that you are destined for greatness. My path to where I stand now was a challenging one full of losses and failures. Through it all, somehow, I was always able to make it through. This song is special to me because it’s not only an affirmation rooted in self love, faith, and confidence, but hopefully when you recite the lyrics written in first person, you will step into the position as “the one.” And in this, you can use the music as bold affirmation of greatness for yourself. I’m all about that.
We’re standing at the begining of a wave, and witnessing its birth in real time. That said, it’s still untamed and Wilde, and very difficult to anchor it to one definition yet. I can say that I’m passionate about creating Hip Hop with size and scale. My style is bold and iconic, that’s just my natural frequency. So I think the music I’ve been creating possess that truth. That’s what makes the music both relatable and unique. I offer my truth, which I believe binds us more than separates us, but then I tell that truth with my voice, which has its own thumb print.
Still to this day I feel incredibly honored to contribute anything to these amazing shows. Working on ‘Lethal Weapon’ was a really eye opening experience to me. I was able to see how many people come together to produce a show, and the scale of that kind of teamwork is absolutely incredible. So, to have my music chosen to drive scenes produced through such a precious process, feels so validating, gratifying and humbling.
Hands down, Game of Thrones. They’re mostly orchestral, and it’s beautiful composition, but it would be crazy if Jon Snow started slaying white walkers to my song “Battle Cry.” Epic Hip-Hop music in Game of Thrones is highly unlikely, but I can dream.
My music truly is a reflection of where I am in life. I feel like I rose from the ashes into fiery flight. When I create, I’m expressing as someone that wants more than just to overcome, but that wants to explode out of struggle and break through multiple next levels.
A lot of my most immediate goals are collaborations with musicians, filmmakers, artists, and inventors. I’d like to reach a place to where I can be a powerful facilitator, connector, or incubator for other artists of all kinds. I want good ideas to live. I’m also thinking of how I can manifest that passion through some kind of non-profit foundation, or creativity fund.
I’m very much so an artist that likes to experiment, and to push boundaries creatively. Preferably, I’d introduce myself through a collection of songs. Off the top of my head, that collection would have in it, ‘Payback’, ‘No Relation’, ‘Rampage’, ‘Light Em Up’, and ‘Battle Cry’ and ‘Rise or Fall’.
I don’t have a favorite. They’re all special to me for different reasons. For some tracks it could be a risk I took creatively, for others it may be the life experience the song is connected to. I do have a song or two that I hate, but I’ll never say which one.
I have some banging projects dropping soon! I have collaborations with Sjae (Co-writer on ‘All or Nothing’), Hidden Citizens, and Robin Loxley (Co-Writer on ‘Supernatural’ ,and ’Light em’ Up’). I’m really excited about ‘Battle Cry’ – that song is the truth.
I just want to thank you for sharing my music, and for adding it to your playlist. Please keep in touch with me on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.