Los Angeles Vs. The World!
You would be hard-pressed to find an artist out there that works harder than LA creator Virgil Blue given his current lifestyle. From beginnings in the metro Detroit area to now the dream filled city of Los Angeles, Virgil has been building a core following both domestically and overseas with his talent. Whether singing, rapping, or producing, the multi-dimensional artist has been making incredible strides in becoming a must-see talent in the making. We caught up with him and got to dig deeper in the newest addition to our Q&A series.
Q: What is your name and where are you from?
A: My name is Virgil Blue and I’m from the Metro Detroit area.
Q: Would you say you rep. Detroit more at heart, or your current city of LA?
A: I can’t say I get wrapped up in repping a specific place. Nothing really feels like home right now.
Q: Why do you say that nothing feels like home right now?
A: Nothing feels like home for me because I’m never really stationary for more than a week at a time. I literally hop from city to city, state to state for my current job. I essentially moved from Detroit to LA to never really be in LA. Most of my music is done on the road and in hotels, but location doesn’t really matter, I’ll do music anywhere.
Q: Who is Virgil Blue, and how did you come up with that name?
A: Virgil Blue was actually a name used by another artist, a friend of mine years ago and he dropped the name so I picked it up because I thought the name suited me well.
Q: What made you want to become an artist, and what has been the hardest part of being one so far in your journey?
A: When I was a senior in high school I used to mess around with videography. I would shadow these rappers I went to school with and mess around with the footage I got. One day I ended up going to the home studio with my good friend and he asked if I wanted to start doing music with him instead of filming others and….here I am. The hardest part of the journey is putting yourself out there to be judged by strangers (not like it doesn’t already happen) but the world is sometimes a colder place that you once imagined it would be. Another problem I have is having to be social when I’m typically a solitary person.
Q: What keeps you going through the ups of downs?
A: I often sit and reevaluate why I’m doing music and who I’m doing it for. I have a strong support system in the form of friends and family who always encourage me to press on.
Q: What inspires you?
A: My biggest inspirations musically are Prince and Sade respectively. My biggest inspirations outside of music are my family, friends, and my dog Winston Everett III. What inspires my actual songs and projects? Life and the fucked up situations it puts me in.
Q: Describe what your life is like outside of music.
A: My life outside of music isn’t very grandiose, it’s mainly a mix of daydreaming and playing video games these days. I rarely see my friends lol, I’m basically a recluse.
Q: Name five artists and producers you would like to work with some day.
A: I’d like to work with Sade, The Weeknd, Johnny Rain, Frank Ocean, and Childish Gambino. All are artists I know but producer wise I’m not necessarily picky so as long as the music is something compatible with my style, I’m for it.
Q: You have built a relationship with Russian producer Sennbeats (formally known as blxxm/bloom), can you give us some insight as to how that relationship came about and how it has grown over time?
A: Basically he and I met off Soundcloud. He heard my first EP “PAIN OF LOSS” and he loved the project. Soon after it dropped he hit my DM and gave me beats and said he wanted to work with me. I wasn’t used to getting free anything so I was skeptical, but he was genuine and I love his style so our relationship grew along with our music. It’s been a long time coming but I think the music we’ve been holding on to will appease those waiting for a true follow up to “PAIN OF LOSS.”
Q: Name your favorite three anime characters.
A: Yusuke Urameshi, Sasuke Uchiha, and Mikazuki Augus. This is a hard question, I have so many favorite characters but All Might is definitely up there too!
Q: What is next for Virgil Blue?
A: What’s next is the music video for Right Now, the album “What Remains” and a little video project I’m working on for my fans that can’t make it out to my shows.