Align Magazine got the chance to catch up with Millennial creative, “Willy” to discuss his business and the dope connections he has been making within the music industry. Here is what he had to say…..
Willy, lets start by you telling our readers some information about yourself? My name is William, but everyone calls me Wili Hendrix. I’m from the East side of Atlanta. 26 years old and I’ve been producing music for 12 years now. I grew up around music. I played the drums while I was in the band in high school. I also played the trumpet growing up. My pops played the Sax, so music is definitely in my blood.
That’s what’s up man. I played the trombone in college! Now, tell us about your business and some of your creative pursuits I have a record label called East Chain where I work closely with Michael Aristotle. The label has teamed up with Feed the Streetz Foundation where we feed the homeless and donate clothes, shoes and other items. We also host monthly East Chain Happy Hours in Atlanta, which we hope to one day expand to other cities. Also, I had the honor of producing 2 songs on Missy Elliot’s last EP ‘Iconology’, where “Throw It Back” was the leading single.
” Seeing my music on the VMAs! It made me feel like I’m really taking life by the rings. I finally had some shit poppin’.”Wili Hendrix
What’s is one thing we should know about East Chain? We for the people! We remain creative and challenge ourselves every chance we get to make sure we give the people quality content. We don’t take for granted the support we get from everyone. We use our powers for good ya dig!
I dig it! lol. What makes you different from the other producers out there? I wake up every day. HUNGRY! No matter what I’ve achieved. Every day is a new day for a new mission. I feel if I keep that mentality, I can’t be stopped.
That sounds dope! Missy is an amazing artist. Would you say your journey been an easy one so far? If not, tell us about some of the challenges you’ve had to face It has not been easy at all. I’ve learned so much about myself and others while on this journey. I’ve learned to stop waiting on people to get stuff done and trusting my gut. I could have avoided a lot of situations by following that simple advice, but in everything I’ve been through there has been a lesson. I can’t do anything but be grateful.
We hear you King! More people need to adopt that mentality. Looking back over your accomplishments so far, what has been your fondest moment? Seeing my music on the VMAs! It made me feel like I’m really taking life by the rings. I finally had some shit poppin’.
What about in 5-10 years from now, where do you see yourself? I see myself married, a couple more artist on the roster, running my own non-profit organization that focuses on helping the homeless, owning a dispensary, coaching a little league football team and multiple Grammys under my belt.
Name the most influential person in your life? My mom! That’s where I get my juice from. She gave me a lot of unnecessary style. I used to think she was corny, but she’s actually the cool one.
How would you describe yourself as a child? The streets loved me! I’m the baby on both my mom’s and dad’s side of the family, so everyone thought they were my parent! I would spend most of my time outside playing sports. Football was my other love.
You were born and raised in Atlanta. Would you say the A is a good place for what you’re doing? YEA! The city goin’ dumb right now. Everything hot coming out of Atl. We have Lil Baby, Lil NasX, Michael Aristotle, Deante Hitchcock, Grip, and that’s just to name a few.
Lastly, what would you like people to remember about Wili when you’re gone? I want people to always remember my energy, my music and my spirit of giving. This is all bigger than me, and I’m blessed to be able to share my gift with the world.
Give one piece of advice that you can share with fellow Millennials Never give up. You’re gonna get a million NO’s, but that one YES is what’s going to take you over the top. Give yourself room for failure. Don’t take L’s as losses. Take them as lessons.