The United Kingdom has something of an interesting pool of talent on their hands. From Grime to Hip-hop and R&B, it’s more than just different strokes for different folks over there and we have one of the up and coming artists Wiley Coyote with a review and interview combo for his sixteen track second album ’97 Knights!
The album is a continued journey through the eyes of Wiley Coyote. It’s a solo affair consisting of mostly himself save for backup singers or additional help if the song calls for it. Keeping things strictly about Coyote’s journey, his life, his rapping, and personality gives the audience a look into his mind and a true Coyote Experience. Songs like Ironic provide chill rhymes over smooth production where a song like High Bitches is slow, methodical, and features a crooning Wiley. Other songs like Aventura and ’99 take on a playful nature of the youth giving us sexually tinged lyrics and situations brought up by Wiley.
’97 Knights is one man’s perspective on the world around him and letting listeners in on what’s been keeping Coyote up and the themes and topics that power the album whether it’s life itself at the moment, fleeting moments in relationships, lustful thoughts of women, or Wiley pouring his heart out on the track showcasing his range and where he’s willing to take us.
Thanks for doing this interview, Wiley! To get into it, who are you to the good people that don’t know you yet? – No worries, thanks for having me. My name is Wiley Coyote, and I’m a 20 year old British musician. I rap and sing on most, if not all of my tracks.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a musician? – I’ve probably always known on some level of I’m honest. I’ve been writing songs since I was like eight years old, so it’s always been something I was interested in, but I didn’t really start pursuing it till the last few years.
What made you finally take the leap into music? – I just kind of got bored of waiting around for the perfect time or the right opportunity. I figured there was no such thing as the right time, so I figured I might as well try it out and see how it goes.
I understand that. Now with your music, it’s really soulful and relationship heavy…did you find your way with it over time or did you know the type of lane you were going for in the beginning? – I think it just kinda happened to be honest. I don’t really tend to plan things out when I write, so it just usually depends on what I’m thinking about or where my head is at when I make songs, and it just so happened that my first album was written around the end of one relationship, which kind of influenced the direction of the album, writing wise. My latest project is less relationship heavy, but still kind of has elements of that in there as well I guess.
What was the reception like with your first album and did it influence how you tackled the second? – It was actually quite positive, I think a lot of people were surprised regarding some of the content as well, and it kind of gave me more confidence to push the boat out a bit where subject matter was concerned. It influenced my second album in the sense that it made me want to go a bit darker and more complex, really delve into my issues, which was quite a cathartic process as well.
What did you find out during your writing process? On your second album it’, all you for the sixteen tracks correct? – I found out that there were some things about myself I still had to face and deal with, and these were things I felt were relatable to people of my generation, which is why I felt I had to make an album about what my experience as a young African millennial in England was like. And yeah, I wrote all 16 tracks by myself.
Has your fan base expanded past the UK? What do you feel you bring to the table as a young African millennial in England making music? – I’ve got a few listeners in the US/ Canada, but nowhere near where I need it to be yet, so I’m still working to build on that. And I think I bring a different perspective and a different voice, cus I’ve always made an effort to incorporate parts of my own culture into my own music. I’ve used Yoruba (my native language) in at least one track on both projects so far. Plus, a lot of the music in my genre is really US-centric, and I’m more than happy to be an alternative to that perspective on things.
How’s the United Kingdom music scene treated you so far? What’s the process been like to get your music out into the world? – The response from the UK music scene has been positive, however, because there aren’t all that many popular UK alternative male singers, I do get a lot of comparisons to some US counterparts, which is something I’m trying to change. The process to get my music out has been… Expensive. Right now, I’m an independent artist, so everything I do comes out of my own pocket, so funding/ finding time can be a huge struggle at times, but I’m managing to make it work.
On your second album ’97 Knights, what’s the process of attempting figuring out how you want the album to sound like and not going out to look for features? – On the second album I wanted things to be even slower and more reliant on guitars and the like, so I just kinda gravitated to producers that had that kind of sound. I’ve always been big on self reliance, and because I sing and rap on a lot of the tracks, I’m always hesitant to have features on my tracks unless absolutely necessary, and in this case, apart from some backing singers, I just didn’t think any features were needed.
When you’re not creating music? What are you doing? What’s your downtime like? – Mostly just chill with friends, watch TV, play games, regular stuff really.
Sounds good, are you already looking towards your next release? What are some themes and challenges you’ll want to tackle next? – Yeah, I’ve got a few ideas already, but I’m trying to wait for the right time/ opportunity to put something else out. I’m trying to make a more complex piece of work, while also tryna change my sound up. I also wanna expand from just talking about personal issues to talking about more global and social issues on my next project.
What would you say are some highlights from your second album? – I’d say ’97, Teach me how to keep you, off my face and high bitches.
What would you want fans to know as 2017 draws to a close and looking forward to the new year? – I’d want fans to know that I’m still working on a lot of stuff which is coming soon, planning to do a couple visuals for some of the songs on the album, so that’s something to keep an eye out for.
To wrap up, what would you say to younger guys and gals that are finding their path out there for encouragement? – It takes time to find your sound/decide what story you want to tell the world. Don’t be too impatient, and try and enjoy what you’re doing.