Who is Davell?
Davell is a talented up and coming artist who is motivated, confident and hungry for success.
Is music your first love?
Yes, I grew up in a house full of musicians...I started playing drums at the age of three. My mother always tell me stories of how I use to bang on pots and pans as if they were apart of a actual drum set. With that being said, I've always had a good ear for music... Music is my life, passion and my first love.
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard your music?
When it comes to my music, I like to be very creative and open minded so I can reach multiple crowds at the same time. I like to make songs that can change the atmosphere rather than just something to listen to. I like to describe my sound as unique because of my versatility and ability to act as a character within each song. This allows listeners to actually visualize what's happening in each verse and hook.
Who are some of your musical influences?
Some musical influences in my life are Drake, Trey Songz, Lyfe Jennings, Beyonce, R. Kelly and Kanye West. I admire their passion, commitment and ambition to perfect there craft. Even though these are all very well established artist in the music industry, they continue to grind hard everyday...Not because they have to, but because they love to create good music.
When writing, what inspires you or where do you gain your inspiration?
In the process of writing my lyrics, most of the time I gain my inspiration from everything that happened throughout the week. In some cases, I may gain inspiration just from having a conversation with someone.
Have you ever doubted yourself or your career?
Within the first four months of my music career which started about a year and a half ago, I would always doubt myself and continually put myself down. I was always easily intimidated by other up and coming artist until a rap artist by the name of L!Z gave me words of encouragement. He said, "Never give up on your dreams, just believe in yourself and keep at it!" Every since that day, I've been progressive.
Outside of music, is there anything else you're interesting in?
Away from music, I like to play video games and go out with friends. I also try to work out to make sure my body is right.
If we were to go through your iPod (or any music player), who are some artist that we would find on your playlist?
If you were to go through my music playlist, you'll find a lot of Drake, Lyfe Jennings, Trey Songz, Lil' Wayne and T-Pain.
You are currently working with S.W.A.T Team Music, can you tell us a little more about that and what can fans expect from Davell in 2013?
Yes, I am currently working with S.W.A.T (Surrounded With Actual Talent) Team Music and our purpose is to show the world that good music still lives. I'm glad to be apart of S.W.A.T Team Music simply because everyone has the same ambition and love for music just as I do. The S.W.A.T Team mixtape, 'S.T.M, Vol. 1' in which I'm honored to be on is now available on DatPiff and I'm also working on my first mixtape, so look out for that. The release date and title is still in discussion, but best believe I'm coming out with a bang! Expect multiple music videos, mixtape release date and hit singles. I was serious when I told everyone that 2013 was my year, so I hope everyone is ready and excited to see and hear everything I've been working on.
Where can fans follow you or find your music?
Anyone who wants to follow me or stay up to date with what I have going; new music, events and more... You can follow me on both Twitter and Instagram @Davell559 and on Facebook under the name, "Davell Williams."
What is the best advice you've been given upon launching your career in music?
To always keep God first in everything I do. By me doing just that, I've seen growth and great success within my own career as an artist. To anyone that's pursuing their dream I advise you to do the same.
I'd like to give a special shoutout to my S.W.A.T Team fam and all those who supported me when no one else did. Just to name a few, L!Z, LeeBoy, Dirty, Mark Hullon, Cliff Harris, Martay Sears, Killa Kam and my day one producer, Chef P.