HHW: Introduce yourself to our readers, let them know your name and where you’re from.
Oliver: I go by Oliver Lee, from Milwaukee Wisconsin.
HHW: Why did you start to do music?
Oliver: I started music at 10 years old, with a guitar, and it’s evolved and grown into something much more than I anticipated to be honest.
HHW: When did you know that it was actually going to be your career?
Oliver: After I put out ‘Summertime.’ I really didn’t expect to get the type of love and feedback that I got, so since then I’ve been trying to push myself and see how creative I can be.
HHW: If you could get advice from any artist in the industry, who would it be and why?
Oliver: Wes Montgomery or Miles Davis I respect jazz legends cuz to do what they did you had to be really good and that takes a lot of religious practice and that much dedication to your art is something I try to keep in mind for myself too.
HHW: What or who influences your music?
Oliver: My daughter and my girl inspire me daily, and a lot of other artist I know, and artists in general who put out dope content, art is always recycled, so anytime I see a really good movie or abstract stuff that tends to get me into a mood where I want to create.
HHW: What’s the process of creating music for you?
Oliver: The process is different for every song, if I produce the beat then I sometimes start with a sample, or I’ll listen to some older records and try to pick up a vibe and expand on that. I have a ton of notes in my phone and all day I write down lines here and there, or sometimes I’ll get an idea and end up writing a whole verse or song even, and later find a beat that fits.
HHW: Has anyone helped you or guided you in getting your foot in the industry?
Oliver: Yea of course you can’t get far in this game without help, shout out OG Cuicide, Epademik and the One West team, 88thagang who helped me get a lot started early on, I know a lot of artists and people in the scene from Houston, and of course Milwaukee, which has some really talented artists doing really cool shit right now, so they keep me inspired.
HHW: What differentiates you from other artists?
Oliver: I’m not sure but I know my style is kinda in its own world, its like a mix of so many different elements, from the midwest and the west coast I think its a dope blend to be honest.
HHW: Are you currently on any tours or have any future shows booked?
Oliver: Im currently booking a tour for the second week of March, its gonna be a southern tour leading up to South by South west. I’m pretty excited about it.
HHW: How can promoters looking to book you get in contact with you?
Oliver: There’s a contact page on my website for questions, comments and booking info at www.Leezyraps.com
Summertime spotify link https://open.spotify.com/album/1jv7hh6QvbBIMgeLg5Q93b