Interview + Stream: WilLex Lytle – High Beam Visions

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Published On 09/29/2015 » By Shiyana » Audio, Front Page, Music, SNY Interviews


Whether you are a fan of Trap, R&B, Pop or EDM music there’s new talent emerging from our very backyards on a global span.  We at SNY usually stay low-key when we attend events that most are either afraid to walk in or just never imagined attending.  The one thing you should know about finding true talent is that it’s always in places that you least expect.

Gratefully we met WilLex Lytle, a rising EDM producer/DJ, from East Charlotte last year and kept in contact to see the progression in his career.  This week he released his first instrumental project called High Beam Visions that we see guys like Major Lazer, Afrojack, Skrillex and Steve Aoki would rock out to.  As he states this album tells the story of the hero WilLex Lytle and his continuous battle with his arch-nemesis Trapticon.  Our personal favorites are “Fly Over Here, Mind Over There“, “Acceleron Boyz” and “Legends Never Die .”  Make sure to see the interview below and stream his ‘High Beam Visions’ project. What inspired you to make an EDM project?

WilLex Lytle: I’ve always listened to Electronic music growing up, but I didn’t really sit down and appreciate its beauty until three years ago when a friend in high school introduced me to a group called Nervo. It changed my perception on what it means to really be versatile.  At the time I was doing strictly Hip-Hop and a little bit of R&B and decided I wanted to change things up a bit. I started listening to many Electronic artists, from legends such as Daft Punk and Massive Attack to lesser known musicians such as Netsky and Crywolf.  Mainly just to sample and take small influences to make my own style, but soon I started to desire creating the musical styles I was hearing.  I started working on the album my senior year in high school and listened to four to five different genres a day to figure out which genres I wanted to do.  I had a notebook in which I wrote down like a scientist the structure of each genre such as Glitch-Hop, Psybient, and even genres I was already familiar with to make them sound a lot more fluid and organic. It was a huge challenge for me because most of those genres I never done or heard of until I discovered them. It only helped me improve significantly with finding my sound and finding my signature. Every artist has a signature and the one I’m showing to people is mass versatility.


SNY: Who would you say are your influences?

WL: I’d have to say my influences are RZA, Art of Noise, Daft Punk, DJ Paul & Juicy J, Kanye West, Lex Luger, The Neptunes, The Glitch Mob, Massive Attack, Drumma Boy, Skrillex, Timbaland, & The Alchemist. I have a lot more influences, but those are my primary ones. Aside from musicians I get a lot of my influences from Marvel comics & films, Transformers, anime, sci-fi, and documentaries. They help me use my imagination more when it comes to creating my music and have me treat my craft like a story.  On a personal level just experiences I’ve went through or go through play a significant role in the outcome of my sound.


SNY: You changed your name any reason for doing so?

WL: My main name is WilLex Lytle and Trapticon is just a alter-ego similar to how Eminem has Slim Shady.  Along with the album I’m developing a story to accompany the music, and WilLex and Trapticon are two of the major characters within the story. WilLex is the hero who tries to do right, does everything he can to protect the people he cares about from the evils of the world and beyond. Trapticon is cold and ruthless who wants to eliminate mankind because he feels like powerful beings like him and WilLex should run things, not humans. When listeners listen to the album they’ll be able to tell which character is present.  WilLex is the more ambient and calming sound. There’s bursts of energetic feelings but mostly it’s ambient or heroic sound.  Trapticon on the other hand has the darker, mysterious, and fully energetic sounds within the album.


SNY: How long have you been producing and describe your unique sound?

WL: I’ve been creating music for about three years now. I would say that my sound is as many can tell very spacey and futuristic.  It has a lot of twists and turns and will keep listeners on their toes. When people go see a movie no matter what kind it is they want excitement and a thrilling experience, and I treat my sound the way.

SNY: What do you hope people will get from this body of work?
WL: First and foremost an amazing listening experience. To see what the world of WilLex Lytle and Trapticon is about and that there are no rules when it comes to art. People become limited because they want to create what society wants or what they think they should create. That isn’t fair to the creator. Artists should make what they want to make, be proud and comfortable in their own shoes about what they do. Everyone will not be pleased with what a person makes and that’s okay. Like everyone else years from now something in life will V8 bop them on the head and make them come to their senses to appreciate what a person has done. Lastly, I hope that people will realize that this album is just the beginning of what I’m doing. I will only get better at it being 19 and having much more living to do and things to experience. A person only falls off if they let themselves and I refuse to let that happen to me.
SNY: Why is it important for producers to expand their reach in production?
WL: I feel it’s important for producers to expand their sounds for many reasons. For the producers that tend to work with artists, having a list of rappers is cool to have on your production-credit especially if you’re making fantastic income, but expanding your sound into such realms such as Pop, R&B, Reggae, etc. can bring more demand in for your sound. Lets do math here.  A good sound plus a high demand equals more money. I’d take an Ellie Goulding & FKA Twigs placement opportunity over a Fetty Wap and Drake opportunity any day. If you’re doing production with no lyrical content it’s good to display versatility so fans and critics alike can’t categorize you as one type of producer and box you. Being versatile also helps a producer progress and get better at their craft. Doing the same thing over and over will make you stagnant, and your craft will digress.  Producing is like being a magician. Your audience (fans, critics, groupies, haters (fans in denial), etc), will not want to see a rabbit pulled out of a hat every time you do what you do. They expect a new trick almost every time.  If a producer’s primary genre dies out or doesn’t sell records anymore and they’ve mastered eight other genres under their belt.   They have nothing to worry about and can still be successful.


SNY: Interesting way to look at it.  What are your plans for the rest of the year?

WL: Getting this album to every corner of the planet and begin to work with a few artists around the Charlotte area. I’m also beginning to work on my “Trapticonic Reign” EP.  In the story Trapticon beats WilLex and puts him in this dimensional prison called Xileland and takes over their city High Beam City and so I’m going to give listeners a much darker sound and keep my Trapticon persona until my next album. I have a lot coming, but I’m not going to rush anything because I want it all to be just right.

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Shiyana Bellamy is the Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Southern New Yorker. When she's not connecting the dots for music artists with her partners, she writes or dives into cooking.

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