Meet Brooklynnite R&B singer, songwriter, producer and drummer, Ness Wilson.
Using Soundcloud as his base, Ness has grown a steady following. After an apparent Twitter exchange with Nicki Minaj, the two worked closely together, Minaj using his song “Sex In The Lounge” with added features from Lil Wayne and Bobby V. He took the time to talk with us about his musical background, his inspiration, and those he hopes to inspire with his own music.
When did you start taking music seriously [as a whole]?
I took it seriously I would say maybe starting in high school? Yeah, high school. I just started writing songs and stuff.
So what inspired you to do it, to start?
Well my foundation is really rooted in church. I played drums in church, so just like my family that was there, too. It’s a musical family. I got four uncles and my dad, they had a gospel group, you know, so just growing up in that kind of influenced me on creating music like that. I didn’t know I would be doing what I’m doing, but I guess that’s what, like, turned it into what it is. You know what I mean?
Yeah, that’s how Anderson .Paak started.
Yeah! That’s where it kind of started from, just growing up in church, and you know, it’s a musical house.
What or who inspires you to continue working everyday?
I try to motivate myself, and try to keep people around me that motivate me, too. Just vibe off a few friends that I have that do what I do. You know, we might not make the same type of music but just to grind it out. That motivates me, definitely.
How do you feel your sound has progressed?
I think it’s progressed tremendously, just my writing style. Music as a whole always changes, so I try to just change with it. You know, not to like change my sound completely I try to keep true to myself, but just with the times. It’s grown, as far as my writing skills, I think production-wise just teaming up with people also, getting influenced by other people’s music.
So who are you listening to right now?
I’m actually just listening to my stuff right now. I listen to a lot of underground stuff that I find on Soundcloud. I’m not naming any artists, but I definitely gain influence by the underground sounds.
Do you have a dream collaboration?
Oh, let me see…probably Partynextdoor, he’s cool, Drake is cool. Yeah, that’d be dope. They’re big artists.
Do you have any goals for your music?
Yeah, my goals are really to just get out there internationally on a boarder level. Hopefully a deal comes out of that, but I really just wants the fans to understand my music and me.
Do you have an audience you speak to?
Yeah, the youth! The youth is really my audience, urban city kids, suburban too, but urban city kids [more so] because I’m born and raised in Brooklyn. So, you know I’d like to touch different lives. So you could be a party promoter or just the kid that goes to school and goes straight home, ‘cause I used to be that kind of kid – go from school and straight home. I wasn’t really mingling too much outside. I became the person that went outside when I moved in with my grandma to transition. I want those type of kids to understand, because I was there and now I’m here.
How do you start your creative process?
Usually it starts off with the melodies, the beat. Just vibing with the beat. Once the beat’s made it’s really just coming and rocking out. My engineer was int he booth the other day and I had a song like from three years ago and I decided to switch it up, you know, because it was just kinda like…I had to update it, basically. You know, we just did that in an hour, hour and a half.
Can you encapsulate your sound in one word?