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Lil Vyl

The Kings Aces Magazine:
First off thank you for taking time out to chat with us over at the kings aces

Lil Vyl:
“appreciate the platform brother, you caught onto something early. Some might say you guys are the visionaries, but grateful for the spotlight.”

The Kings Aces Magazine:
So let the people know your name, what you do and where you're from.

Lil Vyl:
“lil vyl, the southside vylan. I was born in clayco, in metro Atlanta. I got a couple tricks up the sleeve considering I produce beats, and engineer vocals occasionally, but mainly, I’m known for stealing shorties and staying up all night in the studio making my music for the youth. The Vylan image comes from almost feeling relatable to the character Robin Hood. Just doing what it do to give back to my people that needed the help. That’s where my music comes from. The hungriness me and my people have for a bright future, you feel me.”


The Kings Aces Magazine:
When was it that you first realized you wanted to do this profession?

Lil Vyl:
“I’ve always had a pen and pad since a yougin, but I didn’t take it serious until I really felt the energy from people when I would freestyle in cyphers or at parties. I mean I was the 16 year old at the local ATL open mics going crazy, but it was just the lifestyle I lived. I never had a mentor early on to show me the business aspects of the music industry so really my high school years were me learning everything myself which has shaped me into a young CEO. I enjoy the way people react, and that’s what made me pursue”

 


The Kings Aces Magazine:
How long have you been doing this?

Lil Vyl
“Other than the years I spent developing myself as a person inside of the culture, I’ve professionally been at this for one year.”

The Kings Aces Magazine:
Who are your influences?

Lil Vyl:
“Oukast and Jay Z are going to show up in the playlists. I mess with a lot of my friend’s music too. I feel like my friends and the local scene of Atlanta give a good sense of competition so I like to know what’s hot in the streets. Other than that you could catch some Nirvana or Flying Lotus.Knowledge and Dilla always pop up when I just want to hear just instrumentations, and feel something sonically.”

The Kings Aces Magazine:
What made you want to get into the business?

Lil Vyl:
“The balance between art and business. Everybody realized early on I was a young hustler, and the artform of business matched with the passion attached to the culture itself gave me every reason to try and better myself through expressing myself. Using what I have to offer and making it flip. The studio gave me a place to sleep, make money, and express myself. I found something that gives stability if you work hard enough ,and that’s what I search for.”

The Kings Aces Magazine:
What are you thinking about when working on a beat or developing a album?

Lil Vyl:
“Personally, I like to clear my mind before I make any type of piece. Usually, when I make a beat, I try and create a melodic pattern that I develop a hook over, and then send the stems to my main producer FatKingMusic for the final drum kit. In terms of making actual music, again the same process of a clear mind before the work. A lot of crazy things can happen just in 24hrs for the kid so I try and air out all vibes before I try and create one. I freestyle basically all of my material to capture raw emotion. My process is based off raw emotion”

The Kings Aces Magazine:
Tell us what do you think listeners will get out of your music?

Lil Vyl:
“They might find me very moody ha. But I think they’ll find relatable quality music.  Something that takes over the aux cord, and makes people interact. It might give people the push needed to make their own ventures pop. I speak for all the ones chasing guap and providing for they people! Shoutout all the young legends out there.”

 

The Kings Aces Magazine:
What is the most difficult thing you had to endure in life?

Lil Vyl:
“Losing my little sister, rest in peace Lauren Dianne Shoemaker <3”

The Kings Aces Magazine:
What is the most difficult thing you had to endure in the music industry?

Lil Vyl:
“Dealing with the musicians and the lives we live outside of the music. In the studio we all see eye to eye, and that’s to make hits. Leaving the booth, people robbing their trusted, pocket watching,not paying for services like beats and engineering, and etc. It bleeds over making the production aspect difficult at times. Even though people are in the streets daily; this is still Atlanta, and the people here are all talented. They’ll go to the studio, and make a hit with you only to finesse you the next day.  Folks are super duper hungry in this world,and bite the hand that feeds.”

The Kings Aces Magazine:
How does it feel to  finally getting your break?

Lil Vyl:
“Ahh appreciate that forreal forreal. It’s feeling good.  I’m going to keep pushing so we always got new things to talk about. I have my focus on my music, but my keychain can open many doors. My mixtape “SupaVylan” is dropping soon, and I feel really excited about this project, and what it’ll do for me.”

 

The Kings Aces Magazine:
What do you hope to do with your music?

Lil Vyl:
“I want to reach out and inspire. I want people to make the situations better by realizing their abilities. You know how many artists I’ve created by just shedding a little knowledge? The knowledge I spread is my passion for the craft, and that passion will find my fans. I want to eventually become a film director using my vision, and will sooner than later be directing the majority of my music videos. I want to use my music as a pivotal tool that gives me a foundation to take on other opportunities. With beats, fashion, engineering, graphic design, and the music, I see myself staying pretty busy within the next couple of years. Lil Vyl might make the soundtrack to the movie he directed? I don’t know, but I’ll never step out of the studio. Music will always be made to keep me elevated.”

The Kings Aces Magazine:
If there was one thing about your career that you would change right now, what would that be?

Lil Vyl:
“I would change how I came into the game. I was an underground boom bap artist that refused to adapt with the modern emotion of sound, and chose to hold on to 90’s beats. That earned me respect, but wasn’t what people were getting down with. When I met my main producer FatKingMusic, he had a specific sound that I immediately gravitated too. It was trap, but it gave way to actually send messages. That’s honestly when I started changing and doing things different. His sounds really inspired me, and taught me how to flow right.”

The Kings Aces Magazine:
When everything is all said and done, what would you like your fans to say about you and what you brought to the table?

Lil Vyl:
“I hope they speak how they feel. I want to know how they interpret things so I can shape some of my music directly towards their needs while other music directly to mine. “

The Kings Aces Magazine:
Well thank you for taking the time to sit with us over at THE KINGS ACES MAGAZINE and we want to wish you much success throughout your career. Hopefully you will come some time in the future and we can keep your loyal fans updated on your future endeavors.

Lil Vyl:
“Bet. Again appreciate you guys, y’all good people, and Lil Vyl rocks with THE KINGS OF ACES MAGAZINE the long way.”

Links:

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/lilvylxdylanjames

 

Youtube Single: Lil Vyl - Won't Do / https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jthT377Kuy4

 

Instagram: @VylanJames

 

Twitter: @lilvyl 

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