Posted On 14 Mar 2017
Meet the Brooklyn-based R&B singer, songwriter, producer, and drummer, Ness Wilson.
He is gearing up to release music in the coming weeks. .
Ness has found a sweet spot between R&B, Trap, and Pop while fearlessly adding alternative and Caribbean-influenced twists to his tracks. Lyrically his songs showcase his sensual soul, which Ness called ‘a musical confidence boost for both the fellas and the ladies’. He’s gained quiet a following on SoundCloud and even managed to impress Nicki Minaj. After a Twitter exchange with the entertainment icon, Ness inked a songwriter / producer deal with Cash Money Records and started working closely with Nicki, who used his song “Sex In The Lounge”, adding features from Lil Wayne and Bobby V, on her Pink Friday Reloaded album.
Learn more about Ness Wilson in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! Now that 2016 is over, what are some words you would use to describe the year? What were some of the highlights for you?
2016 was a productive year as far as gaining traction. For me it was a year of hard work, prosperity and great success. Some of the highlights for me were having the chance to perform a number of times in different clubs and social areas around the city.
What are you most excited about for 2017? Did you make any new year’s resolutions?
In 2017 I am most excited to work on my new EP Rendezvous 2. And working on expanding my brand and creating new merchandise for my fans because fashion plays a big part in expressing and bringing out creativity.
My New Years resolution is to push myself harder to create meaningful and diverse music that will touch people and expand culture. I hope to bring my sound to a more broad and international audience, which means getting deeper into the creative process.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Could you see yourself doing anything else today?
Yes, growing up I always wanted to be a musician and at the tender age of three I started playing drums. I began playing for church at the age of 7. My earliest musical memory was around 7 or 8 when I started playing for my Elementary School. No I cannot see myself doing anything else other than music. I still have a lot to accomplish the goal is set very high I want to do a lot of things concerning music and production and fashion branding. I look forward to establishing myself and creating a place where other young artists can come to grow and achieve greatness.
In the coming weeks, you will be releasing music. Can you talk about these songs? What kind of a sound can people to expect to hear from you?
People can expect to hear more records that create a party atmosphere with mixture of chill songs that they can vibe out and have fun too.
Where do you get the inspiration for your sound and the subject matter of your music? Do you find that you are in a period of creativity these days?
My inspiration comes from different genres of music: Rhythm and Blues, Reggae, Dancehall, even Pop radio records definitely influence me and inspire my sound. I love the underground music scene because it’s the sound that hasn’t been popularized to commercial audience. That’s where music can be truly innovative because artists are mixing different sounds and vibes that can influence music and culture.
I’m in a period of creativity everyday. I’m always looking out for and hearing new ways of composing different genres together, which ultimately turned into new songs. So if I have melody in my head and I’m walking, I record it on my phone and sometimes I’ll use that same recording in the studio to start a new project. That’s usually how most stuff is created from a small melody into a composition. But I always try to stay in a state of creativity.
I’m curious to know what it was like working with Nicki Minaj and what do you think you learned from that experience with her? I understand that you tweeted your song “Sex In The Lounge” to her! Did you ever think that she would respond to you? Do you think that you will work with her again?
It was exciting working with Nicki Minaj, she’s a very talented individual and I was glad to be apart of her project. I learned a lot working with her – that you always have to stay focused, motivated, and humble. Success doesn’t come easy, everything comes with hard work, determination, keeping God first and being patient. Yeah I would work with Nicki Minaj again, I don’t know when but yeah most definitely!
Who are you all listening to these days? What artists have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
I mostly vibe out to Migos, Travis Scott, Two Feet, the list goes on! I would love to collaborate with Drake however.
At the end of the day, what do you hope your fans take away from your music? What do you hope is the message of your songs?
At the end of the day I hope my fans feel my vibe and relate to what I’m saying but mostly to enjoy themselves because we living in a time where nothing is for certain. Everyone knows that when you hear a good song it always changes the mood of things around you. It’s all about getting people together to forget the bad in the world and to remember music can cause change for the better. In each song there is a new message. But I want the listeners to get a positive vibe.