– I would probably say Old Town Road, man. (laughter) Old Town Road when it first came out, I said, “What is this?” But it was like so tight. It was like the best song ever. (hip hop instrumental) – What’s going on guys? Welcome to another episode
of Inside the Lines. My guest this week is DJ Williams, the Poetic Rockstar. – That’s what it is, yup. – What’s going on man? Thanks for being on the show. – As always, as always. – So shaking things up
still on the format, so this week we’re gonna be jumping in and doing a collaboration coloring. – Yup. – So, we’ll jump in, and kind of, if you see
one that sticks out to you, just tell me.
– All right, cool. – We’ll just kind of scroll through until we find a cool one. Ah. – Oh yeah that’s everything. – This one? – There you go, yeah everything. – Okay, well let’s jump in man. So, how long have you been
making music, my friend? – I’ve been making music
about eight years now. – Yeah? – Yeah, I’ve been doing full
time for maybe three now, yeah. – Nice. So what point was it where you’re able to finally go full time? – I got tired of my job. (laughter) I got tired of working with other people, I was like man I just gotta
just go for it at this point. – So was it just like, you were just working the
day job kind of scene? – Yeah, working day job and I just like man I really don’t wanna do this, and then I was just like yeah, let me just try this music thing. It’s either gonna work or is it not? (laughter) – Nice, well sometimes that’s
what you gotta do, man. – Yeah. – So what’s kind of
allowing you at this point to be you know on your full
time kind of music grind? Are you like making beats and
sampling those out, or like? – Well I’ve always been a writer. My main thing has always
just been writing music. I got into production a little bit, but my main thing is just writing. I love the creative side of writing and just telling a story and
everything that I do with it. – Okay awesome, and what are somethings
that like inspire you to tell certain stories
or things like that? – Life experiences. Mainly my topics are
just life experiences. Generally, poets talk about love stuff, which I love to do, but I like to talk about real life issues, and things that people deal
with on a day to day basis. – Okay. What are some topics
that you like to tackle? – Like recently, my
newest project is called Watch What’s Next 2: The Therapy Session, and what I’m talking about is dealing with your own personal issues, and still trying to balance life out, and still trying to balance
a love relationship, but it is the things that
normal 28 year olds go through. – Yeah. – That’s my idea. – Do you do a lot of like live performing? – Yeah, I love live performing. I love the writing part of it but the moment I can get on stage and touch the actual people
– Yeah. I really gravitate to that more because the impact that
you see on people’s faces is an amazing feeling. When they can relate to your music and they feel inspired or they can get something
out of what you’re saying. – Yeah. – I love preforming aspect of it. It’s just you still
gotta create the music. And you still gotta make the financial, you know, contribution towards everything. – Yeah, exactly. What’s some good spots
that you’ve preformed at or like favorite spots
that you’ve had a show at? – One of my favorites is Howard Theater. That was crazy. Yeah, that was crazy. That was a crazy experience
to preform there. One, because it’s such
an iconic space here. And just the vibe there
was really really dope. And because a lot of
my music use to be like very chill and mellow. To be able to preform and
see everybody on their feet and still entertained was really really dope. Even in the open space. – Yeah. – But I like to travel a lot, too. So, one of my favorite
traveling spots to preform at was probably Vegas. – Oh, wow. – Yeah. That was really dope experience, too. So. – I mean, so yeah. Was it at like a casino space there? – No, no, no. Actually, my homie, Brittany. She has a spot down there
where she hosts like open mics. – Oh, cool. – Yeah, she invited me out there. Shout out, Brittany. So, she brought me out there. And we just tore it down, man. – That’s awesome. – Yeah. – ’cause I’ve been to Vegas. I like Vegas.
– Mhm, yeah. It’s a nice spot. I mean, I don’t do the gambling stuff. (laughs) – Understood, understood. But, it’s got a good vibe to it. – Yeah.
– For sure. So do you hope to be doing
more national touring? Like, what’s the
difficulties of that, man? – Man, that’s actually crazy because we’re finishing a project now. The project is getting
released October eighth. The first eight songs are October eighth. And the second eight is November eighth. – All right, cool. – And then following the
release of the project, we’re putting together a tour. And putting together tours, is probably, by yourself, is probably
the most difficult things for an artist to do. – Oh, I can imagine! (laughs) – Yeah, ’cause there’s
so many moving parts that you just have to get together and still preparing for whatever
could possibly go wrong. – Yeah, like, have you ever– I’m sure it’s happened before. Maybe, like hopefully it hasn’t. But you know where like you
think you’re lined up for a gig and then maybe the person
who’s running the place at like the last second, pulls out or something like that. – Yeah, absolutely. I’ve toured before and, um. And it was some of the best experiences that I’ve had to deal with. But it’s also some of the
most challenging things that I’ve had to deal with as an artist. But yeah, man. People cancel, things don’t
go right, your mic goes out. (laughs) or like, the lighting is wrong. What you prepared for
isn’t what’s happening. – Mhm. – But like, you just
gotta learn how to adapt. Because, you know, things
are just gonna happen. – Yeah. – It’s a little interesting. – Have you ever, like while on tour, like had something, maybe, a gig cancel and you end up preforming somewhere else? Like kinda random? – Yeah, yeah, yeah. It was actually here. – Oh, okay! – Yeah, we was actually
supposed to preform at one spot and the venue called and said, “yeah, we have to move the show.” – Oh man. – And the place that they
were going to move it to we couldn’t even get that spot. – Wow. – We had to move around the tickets and then tell people, “hey, the show’s not here. It’s at another place.” – Yeah. – And then that’s another thing, dealing with fans. – Well yeah, ’cause I
mean, people are buying. Putting money out and stuff. It’s tough
– Right. – To have to go to them and say hey, like I can’t do
anything about this, but– – Yeah, yeah. – And then cancel, you
know, I can’t do it. See, I can imagine. – Right, right. – I know personally, like
it was a couple years ago I remember one time, I was– It was like at a house in Baltimore, they had this heavy metal punk-type band – Right. – And they were just playing
in that person’s basement. It was like one of the coolest
concerts I’ve ever been to. – Yeah, yeah. – Because it was just like a random thing. – That somebody was like I’ll just host it at my house or whatever. – Yeah. – So, like, yeah I can imagine, you know. Sometimes it sucks, because yeah. The coordination part of it is tough, but like once you’re in that
kind of like different space I think it can turn out pretty cool. – Yeah. It’s crazy you mentioned that because, that whole idea of in the basement. I did So Far Sounds a little while back – Oh.
Okay, yeah, yeah. I know So Far Sounds.
– Yeah, yeah. That whole vibe is like
really, really dope. When people just sitting on the floor. You don’t know them from nothing, and they just vibing with your music, so. Yeah, that whole idea of just intimacy is really dope to me. – Yeah, I really like that platform. Because, it’s just, it is. It is that intimate. Which is like, for me– You know, I’ve done festivals and I’ve done all the bigger stuff, but like, I love that. Just being able to sit and chill and just like, you know, maybe after the show,
like talk with the artist. – Talk to them, yeah. – Yeah, exactly. Get to know them and everything. It’s really like intimate. And it’s a good like way
to connect with people. So I think it’s really cool. Have you had like any stories
of like cool like fan moments? Where like somebody’s into the music and maybe came up to you after a show and was like, “man.” And just told you like
maybe a crazy life story or something like that? – Yeah, man, yeah. So, the way I orchestrate my
sets, right, when I preform I always start off with something hype. Then I always do something informative. And then I always end
my sets with a message. Some type of message song. So, actually, where were we? We were in– We were on tour, and we
were in Philly at the time. – Okay. – And I did my last song it was called Blessings. – Mhm – And– No, it was called Don’t Cry. – Okay. – And a lady came up to me and she literally was
telling me her life story about how often she worries a whole lot. And the song basically talks about how you don’t need to worry. You know, at the end of the
day it’s gonna work out. And right before she came to the show she got a call that everything that she was worried about was like cool now. – Oh wow. – Yeah, so that was like
a real big one for me. To just see that I impacted her and made her feel, ya know, secure in whatever she was
worried about at the time. – That’s amazing, man.
– Yeah. Yeah, man. – That’s, I mean, that’s
cool to get to experience that sort of thing. And get to see people that you’re actually able to make an impact
on and stuff like that. – Yeah. Which is what I think it’s all about. At the end of the day. – Mhm. – You know, even people who make music that I don’t agree with. They have a fan base because
they’re connecting to someone. – Yeah. – You know, someone relates to it. At some point in their life, so. Whether I agree with it or not. (laughs) – It’s true. – That’s all artistry is, to me. – What’s like the cheesiest
song that you could jam to like any day of the week? Like something that they’d be like, “that song?” – I would probably say Old Town Road, man. Old Town Road, whenever it first came out, I said “what is this?” (laughs) but it was like so tight. It was like the best song ever. Next thing you know,
everybody’s listening to it. And then when you saw who was singing it, you’re just like, “what?” – Yeah, exactly!
(laughs) Yeah, cause the first
time I heard it, was– I was at a wedding and they played it and I was like “what is this?”
(laughs) – It was like the same week it dropped. I was like “what the hell is this song?” – Yeah. – But then I actually heard– I was at Bonnaroo this year, and it was the, um, it was like this bluegrass-type band. They did a cover of that
song during their set. Which is crazy. – That’s insane. – Because they were like, you know a lot of people are
saying that’s not country. That’s not this. And they were like, “well, we’re a country band and we’re about to play this song.” (laughs) – I think that tells you what it is. And I was like, it’s great. Moments like that though are awesome. ’cause it’s like this moment of– It could easily– One community could say, “we
don’t want another community entering into our space.” But, when both those communities
are making a statement about like, no this is fine. – Right, right. – It’s like a wonderful thing. – Yeah. – And that’s what I kind of
respect a lot about music is that it’s an easy way
to break those lines down. – Yeah. And the way that it just
crossed over so effortlessly. It’s just like– I never road a horse a day in my life, but like it was the coolest song. And it just made you feel good. – Mhm. – And wanted to dance. I think that’s the wonderful thing about just music in general. It can bring light to the darkest places. Even if the song doesn’t make any sense. – Yeah. – So it’s just– that’s just one of my top like– I don’t know what the song is really about but I love it. – It’s just poppin’. – Yeah.
(laughs) – I just love it. – So, before I forget. What are the ways people can
find you on social medias? What’s your work? When’s it drop and all that good stuff? Just let the people know. – Um, yeah. So you can follow me
on all social media at The Poetic Rockstar. My project, Watcher What’s Next
2: The Therapy is coming out October eighth. The first eight is coming
out October eighth. The second eight part of
the Watcher What’s Next is coming out November eighth. But we are having a show October 27th. It’s called The Therapy Session. And it’s going to be the
most amazing show ever. You got myself on the lineup. You got Devon Fleming from The Voice. You got Mel the Guitar Boy on the lineup. It’s gonna be dope, man. We’re gonna talk about everything. As well, as you receiving
some great music. – And where is that gonna be at? – It’s gonna be at Half Note
Lounge in Bowie, Maryland. October 27th, at 7:30. – Nice.
– Yup. – Cool, man. – Yeah, man. I hope you guys can make it, too. It’s gonna be crazy. – Yeah man, that’s right before Halloween. So, it’s a good time of year, man. – Yeah, it’s gonna be dope. – That’s awesome. So is that sorta like a big party slash kind of album release type thing? – Yup, that’s exactly what it is. – Nice, nice. – Yeah, there’s gonna
be food, drinks there. But, there’s also going to be– like I said, there’s also
going to be a performer there. You know, cause everybody
goes through something. Which is why it’s called
The Therapy Session. – Yeah. – So we’re gonna talk
about real life issues and then we party! (laughs) – Awesome, man. Well, before we start
to wrap up or anything, do you have any kind of last thoughts or things you wanna through
out into the universe there? – Things I wanna throw
out into the universe, is definitely, I want that lottery – Yup.
(laughs) – But, yeah. I just hope that, you know, that everyone watching
definitely checks out the Watch What’s Next 2: The
Therapy Session album. And if you can make it to October 27th, just come up to me, shake my hand. ’cause I love to meet people. That’s October 27th at Half Note Lounge. Watch What’s Next 2: The Therapy Session. And October eighth is the release of the project. And follow me on all social media at The Poetic Rockstar. – Nice.
– Yeah, man. – I appreciate you coming out on the show. – For sho, man.
‘preciate you. – Before we totally finish up, I have my gift to you. Hold on, it’s always in my pocket. Mixed in with other things. This pog, I present to you.
– Nice. And also, this nice pen. This To Tony Productions pen. I present to you, as well.
– Nice. – As our gift to you.
– Dope. – We appreciate your time, man. Don’t forget to check
out The Poetic Rockstar. And can people find you on like, Spotify? Like all that good stuff? – Yeah. The Poetic Rockstar. That’s T-H-E, cause, you know,
kid’s gotta know howta spell. – I was gonna say– The, T-H-E Poetic Rockstar. Find him on social media
and thanks again, man. – No problem. Appreciate you guys. – Awesome. (hip hop instrumental)