Billions is an emerging rapper from Hackney, who balances making music with entrepreneurial ventures. His latest track is ‘Motive’, written with Ayo Beatz. We caught up with Billions to find out more.
I don’t really have a musical style in particular I follow, but I like melodies because I’m able to combine a good rhythm and pitch together.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
I first got into music when I was about 16 years old when I first heard 50 Cent’s album Get Rich Or Die Trying that was actually the first album my mum bought for me. It played a big part of my teen years I always had it on repeat
**Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from? **
Growing up I’d say 50 Cent played a big part at the start, but along the lines as I grew older Future and Drake have been a big influence in my music career.
How would you describe your musical style?
I don’t really have a musical style in particular I follow, but I like melodies because I’m able to combine a good rhythm and pitch together. It also sounds good on me I believe.
Why the name ‘Billions’?
I got the name Billions combined from my middle name “Billy” and then the word millions just flowed. It just sounded right and describes me well enough for the people that really know me.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
Realistically, there’s loads of great artists I’d love to work with in the future, however, at this current moment, I’d probably say Lil Baby is my favourite artist that’d I’d love to collaborate with.
Tell us about your latest track, ‘Motive’. What’s it about, what are its themes?
‘Motive’ originally means a reason for doing something, and that’s what ‘Motive’ is simply about - a typical weekend night out with your friends, looking for an event or a place to go and have fun. The theme for ‘Motive’ was a mansion party I had.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote motive around 2018 summer with Ayo in a studio in east London. It actually didn’t take me long to create the song.
How does ‘Motive’ build on your style?
I wouldn’t say ‘Motive’ has built my style because I’ve always carried this type of style that I brought to ‘Motive’, however it’s encouraged me to continue going with that style of music.
You worked with Ayo Beatz for ‘Motive’, what did they bring to the track?
Me and Ayo have known each other for years, in fact this isn’t the only track we’ve done together. However, with ‘Motive’, Ayo played a big part in the production of the song too.
What are your hopes for ‘Motive’?
I just want people to enjoy it the same way I enjoy it, I played the song for months before releasing it and when I finally did, the response I got was amazing. I just hope it targets more of the public and they’re able to connect with my sound.
What can you tell us about your plans for the rest of 2019?
At the moment I’m currently in the middle of finalising some things on my mixtape I’m planning on releasing it soon. I’ve already shot a couple videos which I’m excited to release.
After this one I’m definitely creating another mixtape, I’m trying to stay consistent throughout this year.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
I’d go back to around 2014 before I dropped my first single ‘Make It Home’ as I was still young and new to the music industry so I found it hard to adapt. I was never as determined as I am now so if I could give myself one piece of advice it’d definitely be to take everything more seriously, not just in the music industry but in life too.
Watch the video for ‘Motive’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates follow Billions on Twitter.