With his new album ‘Dreaming With Our Eyes Open‘ breaking the top 5 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts, Witt Lowry has inserted himself into not only the music scene, but into our hearts as well. Whether he is speaking on worldly issues or talking about the struggles of everyday life, Witt invites listeners into his space, making ‘DWOEO‘ arguably one of the best albums of 2015. The ‘Dreaming With Our Eyes Open Tour‘, which includes six dates across the northeast, is set to kick off in Philadelphia on November 18th and concludes on November 30th in Boston.
Recently, I was privileged enough to sit down and get to know the young emcee. Check out the interview below and don’t forget to watch his #newsick video, “Ladders” (located at the bottom of the page).
Ryan: What’s Witt Lowry’s story? Where are you from and what made you want to make music?
WL: I’m from a small town in Connecticut. I have always been a big writer, I used to fill notebooks when I was young with stories, poems, quotes, drawings, and different thoughts. As I grew up I fell into the cycle that most do of needing to figure out a career that I wouldn’t mind doing. I went to college for graphic design because I figured I could still be somewhat creative in this field and that’s what was important to me. My writing started to transition into writing songs, and that’s when I truly found what I was passionate about. There is no art form that has the ability to touch souls and change perspectives like music can. Eventually I got a job as a graphic designer and right around that some time I released my first full music project. I quickly realized how much more of an impact I could have on the world if I just followed my dreams of being a musician and left the 9 – 5 world. I left that job and have been focused on my music career ever since.
Ryan: What would you consider to be the biggest breakthrough in your career? The moment that you thought, ‘Okay, something is working here’.
WL: Just having people really fall in love with the music and becoming peoples favorite artist. To see people getting my logo and lyrics tattooed on their bodies. That is one of the biggest things that made me realize the impact I had. There is so much music out there and so many artists and to become someones FAVORITE artist means the absolute world to me.
Ryan: It’s no doubt that you’re nice with the pen. How long, on average, does it take for you to write a song?
WL: Really depends on the song and where my mind is at the time. Sometimes everything works together perfectly and it’s written quickly. Sometimes a lot more thinking and concepting is involved and it can take awhile.
Ryan: I’m really struggling to pick a favorite track on ‘Dreaming With Our Eyes Open’. Each song speaks to me in its own unique way. When creating this album, was there a specific message that you wanted to share with the world?
WL: It’s open for interpretation, most of what I create, I create in this manner. Art is something that isn’t meant to be explained and that’s how I approach most of my art. Though the thought process going in was to talk about exactly where I was in my life at that time. I was in that middle ground of trying to turn a dream, idea, thought, into a reality. So I covered that journey and all the ups and downs that go with that.
Ryan: Lets talk more about ‘Dreaming With Our Eyes Open’. How long did it take to finish the entire project? When did you start, and when did you decide it was done?
WL: We worked on the project as a whole from production, to writing, to mixing and mastering for about a year. I knew it was done once I had said everything that I needed to say for this project.
Ryan: Switching things up, If you could collaborate with any artist right now who would it be?
WL: I don’t put much thought into that because that is all something that I feel should happen naturally, but I’d love to work with Ed Sheeran, I think he’s super talented.
Ryan: What type of music do you find yourself listening to when searching for inspiration?
WL: I listen to any and everything. I just love music!
Ryan: What about when you’re just kicking it?
WL: Normally if I’m kicking it with friends I let them show me what they’re listening to, if I’m by myself normally some type of production.
Ryan: You’ve got a substantial tour lined up for November! When you’re performing, do you have a favorite track to play live?
WL: Yea! I’m super excited about that! I will have to wait until after the tour for that one, I haven’t gotten to do any of the new album live yet so I’m pumped to get to do all those songs!
Ryan: What are your interests outside of music, when you aren’t writing or recording?
WL: More writing and recording, truthfully that’s all I do.
Ryan: If you weren’t making music, what type of career could you see yourself doing?
WL: I wouldn’t not be making music, everything is a choice so everyone has the ability to create the life that they want to live. It all just depends on how bad the person wants it and what risks they are willing to take to get there. With that being said, I have control of doing what I love so I don’t waste any time thinking about what if’s.
Ryan: It seems like #TeamWitt is growing more every day. If you could tell your fanbase one thing right now, what would you say to them?
WL: That I love them, and I am blessed everyday that they have given me a chance. Also that this is only the beginning and I can’t wait to keep watching #TEAMWITT grow!
Ryan: What’s next for Witt Lowry? Do you have a tour planned? Working on new music? New merch?
WL: All of the above, working on new music, new videos, new merch, going on tour in November and we are just going to keep moving forward!