Upon first listen, you can’t help but hear how honest Van Solo is with his craft. There is an authenticity about what he creates. An exceptionally strong passion exists through his expression and connection to music. In times of cookie-cutter and carbon-copy artistry, this isn’t easy to come by.
With some time to discuss a little about what fires him up and continues to keep his creative embers burning, Houston, Texas’ own, Van Solo connects with WBM. Get up close and personal while learning about an artist who leaves an impression wherever he goes.
WBM: Who is Van Solo?
VAN SOLO: A fantasizing hypochondriac who just wants to be free expressing himself.
WBM: Where are you from?
VAN SOLO: Southside Houston, Texas.
VAN SOLO: Porn, movies, marijuana, women, and my daughter. She’s so tight. She’s going to be a star, I can already see it.
WBM: What does music mean to you?
VAN SOLO: Music means expression; putting on some jams and not feeling so alone in this cold world.
WBM: If you could describe your musical style in a few words what would they be?
VAN SOLO: Strange. Strange. Strange. Honest.
WBM: How long have you been involved?
VAN SOLO: About four years now. It’s now or never time.
WBM: What’s the best thing about being recording and performing artist?
VAN SOLO: The love people show. Like when somebody hits me up or sees me, and tells me that this song helped him or her through something. That shit means a lot to me. Aside from that, just the freedom from reincarnation the bigger things get.
WBM: Who is in your iPod or music player right now?
VAN SOLO: Nirvana, Incubus, Kid Cudi, Michael Franks, Eminem, NERD, 50 Cent, Sade, TBWNN, Yung Sosa, Andre 3000, T.I., Curtis Mayfield, [and] Michael Jackson. It’s so much, I listen to everything.
WBM: Any one you would like to work with in the future?
VAN SOLO: Brandon Boyd. He’s like the best singer in the world right now. I’m gonna do music with him one day, it’s coming.
WBM: If you weren’t doing music, where else do your interests lie?
VAN SOLO: I would want to teach English. I always said that since high school. Words are amazing.
WBM: What are your thoughts on success?
VAN SOLO: Being where you want to be. Waking up and loving what you have to do that day. Also, also, not worrying about financial.
WBM: What type of impact would you like to make with your music?
VAN SOLO: I think the music I make will change where rap is going. I want rap music to be better. More high quality. Every other genre is saying things people need to hear. And I’m NO conscious rapper, but I can’t listen to bullshit. At all.
WBM: What can the world expect from you musically this year?
VAN SOLO: Great music, great videos. A new sound is coming.
WBM: Any advice for those looking to pursue their aspirations in music?
VAN SOLO: Lil B did it. Don’t let anyone discourage you. Trust, ’cause that shit comes MOSTLY from those you love most. Trilly…. Based!