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WILL discusses her new “Palisades” video & how CBC Searchlight brought her back to the music

Toronto, ON – Toronto vocalist WILL just released a visually stunning brand new video for her single “Palisades” (produced by Daniel Goldstripes).

“Palisades” is a song about beginnings and endings. WILL uses this track to transition herself into motherhood, as well as to find closure with her past. This was the only project WILL worked on in 2016, and it brought her all the way to the finals of this year’s CBC Searchlight competition. WILL was a Top 4 finalist for Searchlight, and was actually given the opporunity to perform this track live for CBC Music.

According to WILL, her experience participating in Searchlight has given her a renewed sense of inspiration for her craft. WILL had taken a brief hiatus from music and wasn’t working on a lot of new material. But being able to perform this particular song live and making it so far along in the Searchlight competition has been very reaffirming for WILL. Watch the video for “Palisades” and check out our Q&A with WILL after the jump.

WILL discusses her new


HipHopCanada: Start off by telling me what this track means to you on a personal level.

WILL: “Palisades” is my introduction to the world; a song about getting closure and transitioning into motherhood. Everything from the lyrics to the melody just fit together so perfectly and it is truly my heart and soul.

HipHopCanada: What was the vision for the video, and what is the significance of the white body paint?

WILL: The video itself is open to interpretation. I don’t want to give my vision out just yet, because I would love for people to watch it and break it down themselves. As for the paint, it represents my skeleton; laying myself bare. There will be more to these visuals in the near future and it will all make sense.

HipHopCanada: Talk to me about the situation or the person (or both) that inspired you to write this.

WILL: I wrote this song alongside Kelsey Vaz and [it was] produced by Daniel Goldstripes. There were a stream of emotions that I was going through at the time during the development of this song. The situation that inspired it is something that I may save for later, but it brought to life every creative energy in me to put this together. I put together the full project with the help of my team, from recording to video production, to the make-up, the wardrobe which I created myself.

HipHopCanada: I love this idea of “Palisades” because I feel like we all have these protective emotional barriers we put up – both to keep people out, as well as to protect what’s within.

WILL: It was very important for me to capture the definition of closure through the song and visuals. You’ll notice the door at the end of the video, is a way to really emphasize the enclosures of our minds and emotions. If my heart were to paint what closure looked like, it would be the white door at the edge of that looking out at the beautiful horizon waiting for me to step out.

HipHopCanada: Talk to me about your experience with Searchlight, and what it was like being able to perform this live on CBC. And what was the most important thing you learned through being involved in Searchlight?

WILL: Searchlight was an amazing experience; from start to finish. “Palisades” was the only project I had worked on in 2016 and with all the hard work my team and I put into it, I knew I wanted it to flourish. When I found out I had made it to Top 4 in the Searchlight competition, I had already felt like a winner. It’s a great feeling to have a project so dear my heart expand in the most positive way and [to] have people really appreciate it. I had taken a break from music for a while. And after performing live on CBC I realized why I had to come back to it and the feeling of being able to express myself through the song was tremendously pleasing! And beyond CBC, I’ve really found the inspiration again to share myself with the world through my art. So you’ll be hearing a few more releases from WILL. The most important thing I learned was to not be afraid of taking risks and to always stay true to yourself and your art.

Twitter: @keishawill_


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Sarah Jay is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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