Well family, you heard right, we were blessed with the opportunity to get an exclusive interview with Bilal. We were one of the few who were allowed to get a sneak peak into whats been up with the brotha and what he has in store with his latest release “Airtights Revenge.” I wont bore you with the shenanigans. Lets get to the interview…
We know that many transitions have been made for you, eventhough you’ve consistently given your fans a genuine sound. It is what we have come to expect of you. What changes, if any, would you say took place between Love For Sale and Airtights Revenge
This album is more electronic. Its so much more. The style of writing and everything was done much differently than previous albums. From the ground up, the goal was to do landscaping with sounds, so I used a lot more sounds and effects than previous albums. It is a real progressive album.
Tell us a little about Airtights Revenge, what is the meaning behind it and what brought it about?
The meaning behind it… It basically started out fast. Things were moving real fast, and then you know, my album ended up getting shelved. I was off the label, then there was contracts and all this other bullsh*t. The silverlining… then I started to see the sunlight come in. Some people felt like the project I was working on was dark and some people weren’t understanding what I was doing – where I was coming from. (slight laugh) Then someone came up to me and told me that this album was the greatest soul record they ever heard in in their life. I mean, when you get these types of statements, you know, its just.. (satisfying laugh).
So I started to tour and it was like I had an album come out! The Revenge was what made me who I am today. It made me stronger. It made me better. It made me more of a blues singer, which is what I had always wanted to be from the beginning. But now I’m more of a blues singer than ever. Its like some 5 Heartbeats type sh*t. (we both share a laugh).
If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. I didn’t know any of this would happen, but it did, and everything happens for a reason.
So we heard, September 14th. Is this official? Is there any significance in the date?
The album will definitely be released on the 14th. Theres no siginificance in the date.
Robots is crazy!!! I personally feel that it would make a great single… Have you decided on which song will be the initial single?
The single will be Restart. We did a few videos, but the single will be Restart. I don’t really do singles. I don’t really get into putting out singles because to me the whole album is hot. I just go with what feedback I get.
What you’ve done for yourself up until now has worked. Do you plan on going more mainstream? What direction will your career go?
Man I just want to make good music. I just make music. I do what I love, which is making music. I’m not into formulas or anything, just making good music. If it goes more mainstream then so be it, but I’m gonna keep doing what I love to do.
From the feedback I’ve gotten, people want to see more of you. Where can fans see you performing, or hear you these days? Do you have a blog or youtube channel?
That is the best avenue because I load my videos on there and talk about upcoming shows and things like that.
I dont want to get too personal, but the ladies want to know… Is there a Soul Sista on the scene?
(brief silence) Hello! – the phone started breaking up – He chimes back in “I’m not doing this on purpose!” (brief laugh) I do have someone special in my life. (You’re referring to music right…?) (another laugh) Actually, I am in a relationship. ….yeah. I’m in a relationship right now. I’m married. (aite aite! I’m not gonna get too much deeper into that. ) (more laughs)
End of Interview
We had to disconnect after that question, so we closed up. There is so much more I wanted to ask him, as it relates to the details about production and the rest of the Soulquarians. I also wanted to include questions from some of his fans on our Soulfied twitter page but there just wasn’t enough time. I’m sure this does wet your appetite though. This album is looking very promising.
All in all, the brotha seemed very motivated and extremely excited about Airtights Revenge. I listed below, a few treats that are sure to keep you excited about this one. Send Bilal a tweet or something to let him know that we appreciate the exlusive interview at soulified.com. Again, his twitter page is bilal_oliver
Yours truly, still working hard to Keep it alive… Issa