Xavery Williams – Darth Vader
Check out the new song from Xavery Williams – Darth Vader
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I was born in Dallas, TX. After beating on cereal boxes as a toddler for a makeshift drumset many many years later I started skipping class and making beats freshman year of high school. My brother informed me that there was a computer that had a beat making program, but he didn’t know which one… go figure. I went to a small private school, but there were hundreds of computers in multiple labs! I finally found it after a few weeks of intense searching…long story short I began to produce singers and rappers for the next few years…unhappy with the cliché results I began to rap myself. Surprised to receive such feedback from my first mixtape, “Love, X”, I began to continue in giving my fans what they want. I didn’t skip too many classes I ended up attending an ivy league university and along the journey I have been included on the roster on Timbaland’s Shock Value I, produced the music for 20+Million viewed Foxylocksextensions channel on youtube to having a song featured on Web series gearing for theatrical release and a lot of other cool “stuff”…let’s just say Timbaland wife and mother and law are some of the sweetest ladies I have ever had the pleasure to talk to.
What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see?
My psychology degree and my prerequisites for medical school, but aside from that I’m in cahoots with the creators of DasPulse.com as an affiliated artist. I even get my own tab! I continue to work on music. There is not mixtape really in the works- yet. I just make music and put it out ya know? I think once I get a concrete following then I will have the luxury to make a mixtape and birth suspense. I will be every where, well shot videos, and great songs with great lyrics..oh and I’m learning to sing.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
None so far. Luckily, I usually am greeted with impressed smiles, and even if something does go wrong it’s not the end of the world. However I would say swimming in the sea of ‘bedroom rappers’ online makes it harder when you try to promote via internet because of lot of viewers have a general opinion of anyone who says “Check my page out.” There have been many times when I tell someone I rap and besides them almost always saying “you rap? you don’t look like you rap!”, after listening to my music their ears are pleasantly pleased. I use to be offended by it, but due to the ridiculous number of people who say ‘yo yo check out my muisic at xyz’ and it sucks… I can’t blame them for gingerly clicking ‘play’ on my fan page, but it does make me happy when I receive positive feedback. It let’s me know I am on the right track (no pun), especially since 95% of the fans I have are people I do not personally know. All I need is a bigger platform and I can really have some influence. I would use my influence for good… I promise.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Hmmm….None. I may be extremely optimistic, but my music is a representation of my feelings and ideas. Unless I go mute then any ‘setback’ or event is really just fuel to write a great song.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
The words you speak. After my first mixtape people were quoting my lyrics. Those who listen to my music range from impressionable teen girls to older men. However, the majority of my fans are female. I have received messages telling me that my lyrics made them feel better or that my lyrics have touched them in some way. What you rap does matter. If anything I want to create smiles. So even if it were to do a down song it would be relatable so that you may feel better. It wouldn’t be to make anyone feel worse than they did before they played my song. Smiles! Love! & Music!
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Like me? Man, I’ve yet to meet anyone like me. If there is anyone else like me then I would love to meet him or her (I’ve always been a black sheep), but for any rapper who wants to rap what he really feels, all I can say is keep feeling. Don’t become hollow; don’t succumb to ‘What’s Hot’. Do you, because that’s what your fans love. You. Give them you. 100% of the time.
What are the best ways to sell your products as an artist?
iTunes would be, but I feel like being an up and comer I shouldn’t be charging people for doing what I love to do quite yet…. I should be paying you all. My fans. For giving me a chance to be where I will be. So far I can only pay my fans with music. I think it’s a good trade off as they send me to the top. I’ve even been recognized once… I must say it was pretty cool to know someone is loving what you love….to love…..?
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I performed for the first time last night so I really think that’s the way to go! It was so much fun! But of course, Facebook and twitter also help! You can follow me @XaveryMusic and become a fan at Facebook.com/XaveryMusic. I really appreciate the likes! There’s tons of free stuff, poems, videos, and it’s a way to reach out to me.
Any last comments or statements?
Regardless of becoming famous- I make music because it’s what I love to do and it’s what my fans love. So in the end it’s all about love and my wonderful supporters! The fans propel me….get it? And yes please do follow me on twitter and ‘like’ my fan page! Twitter.com/Facebook.com/XaveryMusic