SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Joined by 50 friends, family, and fellow artists, local music talent Billy Wilkins released his first ever EP titled, Better, at a launch party catered by Scotch Plains’ own Florence Ravioli at Platinum Sound Studios in New York City on Sept. 4.
"I wanted to celebrate this milestone release by inviting people in to listen to the EP front to back accompanied by visuals for each song," said Wilkins in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "The EP consists of songs I’ve written and recorded alongside Grammy Award winner, Jerry Wonda and my good friend John Flynn in the past year. The songs are definitely a bit different than styles I’ve taken on in the past."
Wilkins has begun to experiment with the Pop genre while still maintaining his roots in Rock, Jazz, and Blues music.
"If you listen closely you’ll hear a wide variety of styles that we fused into one unique sonic space. During the process of writing these songs I was going through a lot of changes in my personal life and constantly trying to find my way musically," Wilkins said.
Half of the EP was written at his family’s home on the Jersey Shore and the other half was written in Chicago which is why the visuals for this project go back and forth between quiet beach and busy city scenery.
"After months of hard work I’m so happy to release this project," WIlkins said. "The sleepless nights and trips back and forth from the Jersey Shore to New York City, and Chicago were all worth it."
"Aesthetically and audibly, this project is a representation of me and my emotions during that time and I hope people like listening to it as much as I do," said Wilkins, a 2015 graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.
Wilkins and his band debuted the songs for the first time in a live performance at the Seaside Heights Wine Festival on Sept. 7. He will play songs for his hometown friends and neighbors when he performs at the Union County bandstand on Fanny Wood Day in downtown Fanwood on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 3:45 p.m.
Check out his latest video Heart Attack: