A conversation with music artist and songwriter “B.A.”
William “B.A.” Washington is an American Songwriter currently residing in Los Angeles. His latest Album “Born Again” weaves together a patchwork of Hip-Hop, Funk, and EDM; perfectly marrying melodies to lyrics and painting pictures as vivid as the listener’s imagination. His original songs portray the reality of an individual who has experienced life’s highs & lows and realized how his relationship with God (or lack thereof) impacted him positively and negatively. If you love music, you will connect with the content B.A. creates. His love for music is contagious, His lyrics are inspirational, and his voice is one of a kind. Particularly his recent release “He Set Me Free” is worth listening.
Here is our recent interview with B.A.
Twist Online : First of all introduce yourself to our readers.
B.A. : Hey everyone! My name is B.A. and I’m from California. I’m super excited to have an opportunity to share with you who I am and what my music is all about.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
B.A. : My Father is the person that comes to mind first when I think about who inspired me to get into the music industry. He was also a musician, but he played and performed everyone else’s music and rarely wrote his own content. After years of hearing him perform everything from classical to gospel, I had more than enough inspiration to start creating tunes of my own inspired by my everyday life.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recently release Album “Born Again”?
B.A. : Born Again is a transparent look into the good, bad, and ugly parts of my life’s past and present. I wanted to create a project that people would be able to connect to on a personal level. I wanted whoever listened to the album to feel inspired knowing they’re not alone in struggling to find out who they are and where they belong in the world.
Twist Online : Although all songs of the Album are nice but We really loved “He Set Me Free”. What was the inspiration behind this song? Our readers would like to know more about it.
B.A. : “He Set Me Free” is a true story about how I ended up in the middle of a crazy situation that could’ve landed me either in prison or in a graveyard. I wanted to write a song that would give the listener an idea about what can happen when you don’t make the right choices for your life.
Twist Online : What kind of response you are have received from the release?
B.A. : The responses have been good. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the album added to the Music Genome Project via Pandora as well as having multiple opportunities to perform live. It’s always a challenge when you’re an independent artist that’s trying to make an impression with your content, but I think that what’s been accomplished so far has been great.
Twist Online : What kinds of songs you normally write?
B.A. : A lot of the time I write love songs haha. There’s just something about love or experiences connected to love that I’m able to express easier than anything else. I mean, who doesn’t like a good love song?
Twist Online : Do you need certain kind of environment to write a song?
B.A. : Not really, I can be anywhere and get inspired to write a song. Sometimes it’s not even my own personal situation that inspires me; it’s something that I see someone else going through. I’ve written songs on a plane, on the bus, and even in the middle of a crowded park. As long as I’ve got my phone or a notebook with me, the environment doesn’t matter.
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve as a music artist?
B.A. : I think the biggest goal I’ve got right now is to find a team of people that can assist me with getting more exposure like a manager and a booking agent just to name a few. Those roles are crucial to giving me a different perspective on how to share my music and I feel like I’m missing out on that by handling everything by myself right now. Another goal I have on my list to achieve is getting a publishing deal. I want the opportunity to work with other songwriters and artists in the mainstream music industry and hopefully the content that I create is valuable enough for a publisher to want to invest in my talents. The most important goal of all is that I want to to connect more with everyone that listens to my music. I want the connection to grow more and more with every release so that people feel like they know me personally. Without that connection, everything else I do as an artist is meaningless.