We had the good fortune of connecting with Evawill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evawill, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
One piece of advice I find difficult to agree with is “Good things come to those who wait.” I don’t recall ever seeing that phrase play out as such in real life. Now to be fair, I do acknowledge there is value in having patience. Maybe the ultimate purpose of the advice is to value patience. However, the structure of the phrase itself establishes this sort of unrealistic notion that waiting will always result in a positive consequence. If I had followed that advice throughout the years, I honestly feel like it would have hindered my growth and success. I grew up in a non-traditional setting as a witness to adversities that many would not have made it out of successfully had they waited. I can tell you about a young father who lost his job but became a new business owner by accident because he decided not to wait for the next interview. I can also tell you about the potential never realized by another young man accustomed to waiting for his family to give him a beneficial outcome. Today as a music creator and business professional, I recognize how quickly I can lose an opportunity by not being proactive. Do we really have to sacrifice patience to be proactive? I don’t think so. Good things come to those who put forth their best effort and never give up.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Coming from a musical family, I started making music at a very young age. Drumming was like my first love essentially. I was that guy everyone would freestyle around because I could make a beat on any and everything – using any and everything. Overtime I just became known as “the one who make beats.” Everyone took a liking to it except for my teachers. I still got write-ups at my mother’s house now from me beating on the school desks too much.
Songwriting came later on from my background in poetry. When I wrote my first few songs, I was so ready to hear how they sounded on wax I recorded myself using a karaoke machine that had a tape dubber on it. I had to record the whole song in one take while I made a beat live on a Casio keyboard, which meant that if I messed up I had to start recording the song all over again. That was the start of me becoming a perfectionist when it came to recording and producing. When I let people hear my first group of songs, the common reaction was them saying, “We got to get you in a real studio.” I realized then that if most people see you taking the initiative to pursue your passion, they tend to take your passion more seriously.
I spent years traveling to different studios in Georgia, learning different pieces of music equipment, recording in different settings. I was hoping this would be a solution to the challenge of my city not having many outlets for my talents at the time. Another challenge was the fact that I had no formal lessons in playing or reading music. I played everything by ear and feeling. However, I did not let that stop me from pushing forward. I figured that I can still touch people with my creativity if I just remain true to myself and what I feel. I wasn’t scared to be different. I felt like that would help people remember me. Some of my biggest opportunities came from me knowing the right person and them remembering who I was. “Its not what you know, its who you know” is probably the most used phrase you’ll hear about creative industries.
Today I have bumped elbows with platinum-selling musicians and upcoming musicians who all have respected my craft. I’m excited to have had the chance to work with some as well. I’ve made money, I’ve lost money…I’ve been taken for granted. Regardless, I will always create. My music is like the definition of my feelings. Once I leave this earth, my music will remain and provide people with pieces of my life. Its a timeless artwork. Which is why I started my production company under the name Timeless Noise. See…creativity doesn’t stop at the money, the struggles, or death. It stops when the inspiration no longer exists. Keep creating.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is a funny question to me because it actually came up in real-life conversation. Even though I’m a Savannah native, I’ve been staying in Atlanta for a while now. It changed drastically over the years but I think I can still show somebody a good time.
First of all, don’t ask me to go to the Varsity soon as you get to the city because we’re going to get you some wings from Atlanta Best Wings, JR Crickets, or 3 Dollar Cafe. Or if you want a better scenery, we can get you some good food and drink at Magic City. Don’t let the loud music and the booty shaking fool you, strip clubs in Atlanta have some of the best food in the city! The strip clubs here have a different type of excitement and energy you won’t find in other cities. Now if you choose to eat and vibe with the dancers, the next day we’d have to balance it out by going to kick it at the Georgia Aquarium to witness the largest aquarium in the country. We might as well hit the Atlanta Zoo afterwards. When you want action and thrill, you can either stay outside at Six Flags, or avoid outside with Andretti Indoor Karting. Both will get your adrenaline pumping either way.
Lets talk more food. So getting soul food is mandatory when you come to Atlanta. If we’re on the eastside of the city with an appetite, we going to Who’s Got Soul on Covington Hwy. We can go further out to Milk and Honey on Wesley Chapel if its early enough. If I’m near downtown, I’m going to Busy Bee’s Cafe or K&K Soul Food. If you rather get some good boiled seafood we must go pick that up at either Wat’s Cracking Garlic Crab or DaOne Seafood….trust me on that. Those places give me my seafood fix when I can’t make it to Savannah. Oh… and don’t leave Atlanta without visiting Slutty Vegan for a late lunch.
I’ve been asked many times where are best places to get drinks. Unless you buying your own bottle everywhere you go, I’ve come to the conclusion that Mexican restaurants/bars make the best drinks and typically have the best drink prices. One of my favorite Mexican restaurants with good drinks is a lowkey spot I found in Austell called La Salsa. Their food is pretty good too. Its a little drive outside the city but if you can go to Six Flags, you can go there too. As far as nightlife, Atlanta appeal to every type of person. Personally, I would take you to Edgewood Ave or Peters St. and let you get in where you fit in. East Atlanta Village and The Battery are some notable areas to visit at night for different types of entertainment as well. People tend to ask me to take them to Buckhead, but I never enjoy myself when I go. The nightlife there is not what it used to be compared to when I first started coming to Atlanta in the early 2000s.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It might sound a little cliche, but I want to dedicate my shoutout to my family. Family is the foundation of my story. You probably heard the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” Its the best statement I can think of that represents my upbringing. My maternal grandmother birthed 10 kids. The homes of my aunts and uncles became my “second” homes. And with me being the only child for the first 14 years of my life, my cousins became my brothers and sisters. I can remember when I first decided to start recording music and how quickly the encouragement came. I honestly don’t think I would be here today if I didn’t receive that encouragement and support to pursue my passion. At that time in my life I needed music as an escape and a way to stay out of trouble.
I would also have to give special recognition to my wife Breeanna. She has a way of continuously pushing me to reach my full potential as a man, a leader, and a professional. I have the utmost appreciation for her. To anyone who made a positive impact in my journey, shoutout to YOU as well. I appreciate it.