LEXINGTON, Ky (10/18/13)—For William Bland his musically break began when he was in the fifth grade. His brother came home and told him about a ‘cool kid’ free styling at school that day and Bland decided that he wanted to be cool too and began trying to freestyle himself.
“I really sucked,” Bland said laughing, “but I kept up with it for fun and as I got better I decided to start recording myself. I literally fell in love with making music.”
When I heard about Bland’s talent I got on reverbnation to listen to some of his music. The first song I listened to was ‘Certified Soldier’ and when the song was over I wanted to hear more. He sings about personal experiences with passion that you can hear from a mile away. As part of the National Guard since 2009, Bland has been through a lot of struggles and music was the best way he knew how to get through them.
“Everything you do in life is a different experience,” Bland said, “I try to be versatile with the things that I do on a daily basis so that I can draw from different backgrounds and understand what other people are going through.”
His music is flowing through the streets of Louisville and he is currently working on three different projects. He recorded an album in March called ‘Not A Game,’ in which he coined the name ‘Bad Habbit.’ Bland is currently working on a solo album, and a mixed tape with another Louisville artist.
“For the most part I’m doing the solo thing now,” Bland said, “I don’t want to be known as a member of a group I’d rather be known as my own person.”
Michael Jackson didn’t influence any of his music but he has inspired Bland to be a better artist every day.
“ People love MJ’s music and even after he’s gone he is known as a musical legend,” Bland said, “He must have been doing something right, and that is inspiring.”
There are people who try to rap and people who can rap, and Bland refers to this as ‘rap game.’
“In my opinion rap game is something you do because you love it. You can tell if someone is passionate about what they do from what they decide to rap about and how far they will go to get better everyday.” Bland said, “I rap to stay grounded and remind myself who I am.”
In the upcoming months Bland plans to travel and do shows to get his name out into the public. Tomorrow at the ‘Rustic Frog’ in Southern Indiana he will be taking the stage. In the past couple of months he has performed at Union Station, Club 21, and Sky Bar, his favorite part about performing in front of people is seeing them enjoy what he has wrote.
“I love to perform and to see people come to my shows and support me makes my dream a reality,” Bland said, “Getting love from people after I perform is a really big thing for me, it’s been an eye opening experience so far.”
To hear some of William Bland’s ‘Bad Habbit’ music click here.
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