What is your names?  
 Willie Lock

What is your genre of music?

Give us a little bio about you.
Based in NYC and known for my high energy stage presence, soaring vocals, and infectious hooks. Now a staple in the New York music scene, it was in Bloomington, Indiana where I was both classically trained and re introduced to my love of country music. 

What made you go into music?
I’ve been singing my entire life…in church choirs, bands, and various vocal groups. I started singing professionally at a young age, and knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Are you a signed?
I am currently unsigned

You released your new single ‘Radio’, tell us more about the single.
Radio was inspired by a long drive on a beautiful summer night in the country. A night when the windows are down, the lightning bugs are flickering, and the perfect person is sitting next to you…playing all the right songs on the radio. 

What is the meaning behind ‘Radio’.
  “Radio” is one of the first songs I ever wrote…and it brings me back to a much simpler time in my life.

Describe the track in two words.
Summertime Chill

What was the writing and recording process like?
I wrote the song while living in Indiana, and although it evolved a bit since I moved to New York, I wanted to keep the country vibe going. I wanted a slide guitar effect throughout the song, a lot of vocal harmonies, and intricate drum patterns. Most of the song was recorded in Brooklyn, NY with my producer, Alexander Almgren.

Who did you work with on the Single?
I co-wrote the song with platinum selling songwriter, Mike Luginbill, and it was produced by Alexander Almgren at Freshly Baked Studios in Brooklyn.

Do you have any shows coming up?
Unfortunately, most of my upcoming shows have been cancelled or postponed as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. However, I still have shows scheduled in the Hamptons, New York City, Long Island, and Nashville in the near future.

If so where will you be heading?
Weekly residency at Dockers Waterside in the Hamptons, Live Oak music row in Nashville, the Delancey in New York City

What else can we expect in for the rest of 2020?
More new music, shows, weekly IG live shows with special guests, and a full length album/EP in the fall.

Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
 I love collaborating with other artists, regardless of genre. Contact me via Instagram/Facebook/email!

Do you play any instruments?
I play piano and also make beats via Logic/GarageBand

Who are your influences?
Influences range from The Rolling Stones to NeedtoBreathe to Jay Z to Florida Georgia Line and anything in between

How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Sometimes it’ll be something as easy as a phrase that I’ll hear somebody say and then think “wow that could be a cool song!” … but usually I write about personal experiences from my past, whether it’s a breakup or a love story.

Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In 5 years I see myself with a few albums under my belt, headlining a tour around the country…while continuing to write music for both myself and other artists. it

When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
When I’m not doing music I love sports…both playing and watching them. I love running and working out, watching basketball and football, and traveling to new places and experiencing new things. I placed 7th in a half marathon a couple years ago, and I’d like to compete in more races in the future as well.

What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
 I moved to NYC with pretty much no money and no friends, so music kept me going for those first few months when I was trying to find my way. I probably listened to “Money and Fame” by NeedtoBreathe thousands of times before ever actually recording music of my own. Also, I had a chance to sing onstage with country star Jake Owen when I was in a professional a cappella group…so “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” will always have a special place in my heart.

What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land among the stars.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
I think that everyone is so concerned with making a “hit” as opposed to making a record or song that is truly unique. I live in New York City and make country records in addition to pop and rock records. I don’t think that any artist should have to conform to a certain style or genre. Make the music that you want to make and be proud of it.

What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.”- Oscar Wilde

Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
This is a tough one. There are so many “must see” places in New York City! Everyone needs to experience Washington Square Park at least once…and also a enjoy a slice of classic New York Pizza (either Joe’s, Prince Street, or Artichoke)!

Your coming off tour;
Coming off tour…the place
1/Where do you go first? I usually go first is either my couch or my bed to catch up on sleep and any sports highlights or HBO/Netflix shows I might have missed.
2/ Who do you see first? The person I see first is usually my brother, who is also my roommate
3/What do you eat first? And as I mentioned in the previous question, NYC has the best pizza ever (hands down!) …so probably a few slices of ‘za.

When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
 In-ear monitors. Batteries. Black T shirts. My lucky Bandana. Red Bull.

Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you? Yes! IG , Twitter , FB

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