What’s going on? Please introduce yourself.
What’s going on? I’m The Ville
Tell us about life growing up in your city.
I was born and raised in Freeport, IL just like both of my parents. My father being a pastor, I was raised in the church. I started in music by playing the drums for my church. Even though I didn’t care for singing as a child, that is where I found my gift.
What’s the origin behind your name?
My name, The Ville, had much meaning behind it. When I first got into music my name was The Village Child of Freeport. As you can tell, it was pretty long, so shortly after I started using the acronym TVCOF for simplicity purposes. After a while, I decided to cut it short and now go by the name The Ville, short for a Village. I am proud of my roots and will always represent my city.
How did music become a passion for you?
Truthfully, music has only recently become a passion of mine. While I grew up in the church choir, I wasn’t always glad to be there, especially when I had to sing. But in the more recent years, I lost my niece and since have found music to be my outlet, a way to express myself. I feel as though I keep a piece of my niece alive with my voice.
How would you describe your style of music?
Honestly, describing my style of music is probably one of the more challenging questions to answer. I do not conform and I find myself venturing into different styles all the time. While I work most on R&B and rap styles of the hip hop culture, I recently stepped into reggaetón and more.
What’s the most recent single or project that you released?
I have so many songs in my vault! With quite an idea for releasing more music in the year 2023. But as far as the most recently released project, it is the music video to my fans long awaited R&B favorite, Touchin’ You. The video was shot in Puerto Rico this past spring and watching the video on YouTube is the only way to hear the track for the time being.
Throughout your journey in music, what’s the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome?
I have learned a lot in just this past year. One of the many obstacles that I would consider to be a lesson learned is that not everyone who is in your Face is a fan. Sometimes it’s hard to tell because as an influencer, I want to inspire all. But I’ve learned the hard way so early in my career that not all companies are good companies. I just know to stay focused and God will show me what is truly for me and who might be against me.
Besides Music what other business ventures are you pursuing?
Those who know me know quite well, and those getting to know me, I have a great passion for my community, especially the children. They are our future! I have been active in involving my community and I have aspirations of bring fun and safe activities to my community for the children. I also have a few new merch ideas in the works with hopes of some new drops coming in early 2023.
What piece of advice could you offer to any new upcoming artists?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, stay true to yourself. Be uniquely you. It can be challenging to remain your authentic self in this industry, but that is truly the only way. No one is looking for the next 6lack or J Cole. Sure they can be inspirational, but you are who you are and you can’t be someone else, nor should you want to be.
What’s next for you musically?
Oh man, next year is going to be a big year for me. I have really grown a lot through 2022, but I am nowhere near down! You’ll have to stay tuned for upcoming release and performance dates!
Where can we keep up with you online?
I am on all platforms. For my music, just got to your favorite streaming platform, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, you name it. Type in The Ville! As far as keeping up with me, Facebook at The Ville and Instagram at _TheOfficialVille. You can also visit my website at www.theofficialville.net for all Ville related news and merch!
And any shout outs?
shout out to the ones that love, support & rocking with me! Without them i wouldn’t be great artist i am today, shout out to them.