“Billy Lamont is an American poet with an avant-garde approach to writing, music, politics and performance art. At the heart of his poetry is the passion to inspire hope and to be a voice for everyday people. His unique vision for poetry into the 21st century, combined with a belief in the power of words for creation, reformation and healing brought his influence from grassroots to national success in the 1990s and then international recognition in the 2000s.”
Describe yourself in five words:
I am a poet, father, follower of JESUS (not necessarily in that order of course.)
What is your poetry about?
My avante-garde, post modern, dadaist poetry is filled with hope, it encourages dignity and upholds life. It seeks to be a voice for the voiceless masses and help heal suffering people and reform our world.
Do you also sing?
Yes, but poetry and performance art are my more natural gifts. I started out as lead singer, songwriter and lyricist in an alternative rock band Walk On Water in 1988. In that band and when it's members changed and it morphed into a more industrial music experiment, my singing was always more stylized and less virtuoso. I have more of a soulful gift of getting people to feel what I am feeling when reciting my poetry to an audience.
How long have you been in the entertainment business?
My first nationally syndicated appearance was on a radio show entitled "Religon And Rock" in 1988, hosted by Monsignor Tom Hartman, recorded at a rock station WBAB in my hometown of Babylon, NY.
What did 2013 bring you?
A broken heart, my Father having a stroke, being misplaced and out of work, raising my son Zion with Joint Custody, new artistic creation and new community surrounding me, a new CD/digital release "Beyond Babylon" about hope in disorientation, early success with "Beyond Babylon" since it's release in October with an international reach available through most major distributors like Amazon and iTunes, my Father's great healing, proud of my son, growing spiritually and as a Poet and new work for current survival. Praise Jah! It turned out to be a good year. I am very joyful.
Are you involved in the music industry?
Yes, as a recording artist- Poet Billy Lamont and I also have a media company called The Other Perspective Media that I formed in 2008 which releases my indie CD's (I have eight now) and books (two major above ground ones.) I am also a member of ASCAP and have a Song Publishing company Poet 4U Music for my songs.
How has living on Long Island affected your career?
My love for Long Island and it's people (as well as NYC) are intertwined in my art. Walt Whitman, the Atlantic Ocean, my hometown of Babylon are all there in my new album BEYOND BABYLON with a song titled "Argyle Park" and "Walt Whitman America." Long Island was not always as ready for my more innovative or visionary ideas or art as say an urban area like NYC was, but it provided a good training ground to start my journey and for good deep roots. Long Island has a great community and family of friends and also provided me with some career milestones like embracing my first above ground book of poems "The Gallery Of Light" in 1994 and providing major bookstores in shopping malls like Barnes And Noble and Waldenbooks for me to do my first book signings.
What can we expect from you in the near future?
After enjoying Christmas with my son Zion and a trip to England and perhaps Scotland for a few poetry performances in support of Beyond Babylon. Then more performances in the U.S in more locations and different states. Beyond Babylon is an outstanding album and deserves to be supported with some performance dates, including the film and multi-media presentation in more areas. So GOD willing I will be popping up here and there for a performance date or two and then coming home to be a steady Dad to Zion and balance working my full time job. Also some exciting news for 2014 is that my story of faith and a Thanksgiving miracle healing of my pancreas, when I was a young man, was chosen to be in a major book "Divine Intervention" by Daniel Fazzina, with a major publisher Charisma House.
What is the hardest part of being an Indie Artist?
For me, being an Indie Artist is like having many extra jobs as well as your full time one because you wear so many different hats. For example you are a Manager, Booking Agent, Publicist, Accountant, Administrator, Road Crew, Tour Manager, Sound Man, Multi-Media Operator, Video creator, Photographer, Lighting assistant, Activist and Public Relations man all rolled into one in addition to being an artist. Did I forget anything? I probably forgot some things but you get the idea. It is like being a one man band - leaving you exhausted even before the show even gets started or gets rehearsed or created. The up side is you have less big business pressure for sales and more artistic freedom to innovate and pioneer new territory.
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