On this installment of INDIE Focus, I got to chat with producer Billy Cave. Hailing from Washington, DC, Billy Cave brings unique sounds to the table that is doing very well. On top of music, Billy also has an interest in fashion. On or off the stage, Billy Cave is always dressed to impress. For the summer, Billy has been locked up in the studio working on his craft. He is working on music and is also getting ready for his concert coming late August. I got the chance to learn more about him with this week’s installment of INDIE Focus. Introducing: Billy Cave.
1. Introduce yourself. (Stage name, where you’re from, how long you’ve been making music, etc)?
“My full name is William Lewis Cave IV, but I go by Billy Cave. I am from Washington, DC., and have been making music for almost 10 years. However, I have only been making electronic music for 3 years. I am 19 years old and will be starting my sophomore year of college in August. I am a producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist.”
2. Why/how did you get into music?
“Music has been a huge part of my family. My grandmother was a serious music professor and I was pretty much exposed to all the classics at a very young age. I started making music at first because I thought it was cool. At a young age, I wanted to be like the rockstar kid in my grade at school while everyone else was into soccer and lacrosse. When I actually devoted my time to music, though, I fell in love. Since then there was no looking back.”
3. What do you try to get across with your style of music?
“I try and get two things across within my music. The first thing is that I want people to know is that this is genuine. Everything about this process is organic and unforced. I want people to see my music in me when they look at me. Especially with who I make it with. With that being said, the other thing I try to get across is to be yourself. Be original and be yourself.”
4. What are your long-term goals for music?
“My long term goals for music are for me to succeed with my team. I want every one of us to push each other to be the best we can be. Whether it’s playing in large venues or at someone’s small backyard, I want to do it with people who genuinely care about my craft. They’re the ones who helped get me to where I am today, so I want them to be with me at the end too.”
5. Why would you say you deserve a chance in the industry?
“In this industry, everyone wants to “make it.” For a long time, I did too. It wasn’t until my manager and another artist/friend of mine explained to me that none of that hype mattered. They taught me that It’s about working on your craft and loving what you do. That’s what will get you far in this industry. That and some luck. So, I deserve a chance because I pursue music because I love it. I have no other reason to do what I do.”
6. Who are your musical influences?
“I grew up listening to Eric Clapton and the Grateful Dead. I then moved on to some indie music and eventually found my stop at electronic music. Flume, Ta-Ku, Tame Impala, Pink Floyd, and J-Dilla, are my biggest influences.”
7. Any hobbies?
“Besides music, I am super into fashion. I have created a few articles of clothing myself, and it has been sick actually designing things and seeing the positive feedback from people.”
8. What makes you unique?
“For starters, I am tall as f**k; 6’6″ to be exact. I also am not afraid to be myself, in the best and worst ways. I love all the arts and feel they are completely connected with one another. I am never afraid to experiment, especially when I feel others doubt it at first. That’s something I try to make visible through my music.”
9. What’s next?
“Well, I hope that I am fortunate enough to keep creating and experimenting. I’m pretty much locked in the studio this summer, but coming August I’ll be performing. For all I know, I could quit music tomorrow and do pottery. Whatever I’m doing just know that it’s what I love to do in the moment.”
Listen to Billy‘s bootleg of ‘You & Me’ by Dillion Francis below via Soundcloud.