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Interviewing WUNITY — « Believe in yourself instead of believing in others »

William Lawrence, better known by his stage name Wunity, provides us an interesting interview about his vision of what art is.

Can you introduce yourself to those who do not know you:

For those who do not know me, my name is William Lawrence but I am better known under my stage name WUNITY. I have always been attracted by the underground culture, the Japanese culture and the Fashion World.

I was born in France and I had the great opportunity to travel since I’m a kid, so now I can speak English, French, Portuguese and barely Spanish.

What inspired you to make music?

I always wanted to make music as a kid but I always seen it was a world intended for adults, then I discovered an alternative rap group named ODD FUTURE that immediately made this world accessible to my eyes. Tyler, The Creator allowed me to open up artistically and Earl Sweatshirt inspired me to write multisyllabic rhymes.

Can you describe your musical path?

I was listening to Jazz music with my father, African music with my mother, Rock music by myself, Rap music with my big brother and my cousins. The musical style that hooked me on was rap, I started rapping in September 2012, I was 18 years old and I knew from my first rap that I was going to be able to write others.

What are your influences?

Tyler, The Creator, Vince Staples, Frank Ocean, Alicia Keys, Kanye, A$AP Ferg and Rocky. It’s useless to give more names, here’s a list of groups that influenced me the most: BLACK HIPPY, A$AP MOB, N.E.R.D, OUTKAST and THE INTERNET.

What are your motivations?

My motivation became altruistic as I grew up, I would like to inspire others to find the form of expression that suits them, whether in music, design or even the fashion world. I am convinced that we can’t be truly happy when we can not express what’s within our souls.

Your goals in life? What about your projects?

My goals are to make my music heard, inspire others to do better and pay a badass 1956 Jaguar XK140 Roadster to my father haha, and more seriously I have a lot of projects in mind that are quite ambitious, my final project would be to help the development of the African continent.

Tell us an anecdote about you.

I almost died at age 4 in Nigeria because I was drunk as hell.

Do you like art? If so, which artists or works do you like in particular?

What a question, obviously that art interests me, a world without art is a world without life.

My favorite work of art are:

« GTO » by Tōru Fujisawa (Manga)

« Naruto » by Masashi Kishimoto. (Manga)

« Chronic 2001 » by Dr. Dre (Album)

« Fight Club » by David Fincher. (Movie)

« Boyz N the Hood » by John Singleton. (Movie)

« The Alchemist » by Paulo Coelho. (Book)

« Aimez-Moi Maintenant » by Axl Cendres. (Book)

« Sarcelles Dakar » and « Du Plomb Dans le Crâne » by Insa Sané. (Books)

«The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity » by Carlo Maria Cipolla. (Book)

Can art inspire you in your music?

Absolutely, all forms of art inspire me, going from « Dragon Ball » (Manga by Akira Toriyama) to « The Birth of Venus » (Painting by Sandro Botticelli).

Do you think fashion/style plays an important role for a musician/rapper? Your favorite brand?

Totally, style is an important form of expression, would you think that I could be charismatic if I speak to you with a bow tie, a yellow shirt and pink boots ? Certainly not.

At the moment I do not have a favorite brand. Basic clothes are cool enough (for now).

A word for the end, or a sentence?

Believe in yourself instead of believing in others, love yourself before loving others and above all, rely on yourself instead of relying on others.

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