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Local rapper releases first album

Billy “Kill Bill” Nettles is a rapper, songwriter, and producer from Walterboro, South Carolina. He’s currently signed with EXO Records, an indie label based out of Los Angeles, California. Nettles recently released his first album, RAMONA, which is available for free download on exordiummusic.bandcamp.com. Living currently in Columbia, South Carolina, he received his Audio Engineering certificate from the Midlands Audio Institute and is taking a break from classes to pursue a serious music career. Nettles music is heavily influenced by anime and 90’s video games, and is said to have a nostalgic feel. He plans on focusing on performing and releasing a beat-tape sometime before 2015. Nettles is a Colleton Prep graduate and is the son of Dennis and Jean Nettles of Walterboro.

Bill “Kill Bill” Nettles offers up download of his first album, RAMONA.  Photo submitted

Bill “Kill Bill” Nettles offers up download of his first album, RAMONA. Photo submitted

Why “Kill Bill” and what does that stand for? I was actually given the nickname by a friend that I played football with in high school. My name is Billy, and a lot of people call me Bill. I just decided to run with it. I also love the movie!

What music has influenced you? Pretty much anything I listen to influences me in some way. I listen to a pretty wide variety of music, but some major influences are The Gorillaz, MF DOOM, The Pillows, DJ Screw, Def Jux, and Koji Kondo.

When did you know this was your dream? I started taking it a bit more seriously after graduating high school. For the past few years, I’ve wanted to try my hand at making a living creating music and performing.

Have you had any formal voice training? Nope! I’m self-taught.

Has this been a financial investment for you? A bit, I’ve put in some money into my recording and production equipment; but I feel like it started off as a hobby and slowly turned into a passion.

Tell me about stereotypes for rap music and the people who perform and create it. I feel like the stereotypes of being a rapper are slowly starting to break down. A good majority of rappers are just regular people that are interested in songwriting and performance. I’ve never really had to deal with any issues, other than getting strange looks when telling people that I rap.

Five adjectives that describe your first album, RAMONA. Romantic, introspective, spacey, heartfelt, and for my last word, I’ll use a Japanese term; Wabi-Sabi. It means beauty in imperfection.

How would you describe this collection to people as far as genre? I would call it Dreamy Hip-Hop. It’s definitely a Hip-Hop record, but it has major influences from Jazz and Chiptune music.

What was the driving factor behind the collection of songs on the album? Throughout the album, I’m chasing after this girl named Ramona (Loosely based on the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World character of the same name). Ramona represents happiness, completeness, an ideal that may or may not actually exist to some people. I’m chasing happiness, much like the majority of people. I guess you could say that this album is a good parallel of my life and my first attempt to make it in the music industry.

Favorite song in the collection for you? About Last Night is probably my favorite. I also really like how Chinatown turned out. Rav did a great job on the hook.

Are any of the songs based on locals? There are a few songs that I’ve drawn inspiration from that were real-life experiences, so I guess you could say that.

Is this available for download only now? It is available as a pay-what-you-want/Free download for now on exordiummusic.bandcamp.com, but physical copies will be available very soon through EXO!

For someone wanting to download this, what is the easiest way of doing so? Go to exordiummusic.bandcamp.com and click on the album cover. Then click “Buy Now”, and you can even put $0.00 as your price for a completely free download of it. All donations are welcome, but definitely not required.

Is this album for everyone? No, it is definitely not for children. It deals with some pretty mature themes and contains a fair bit of explicit language.

How are you promoting RAMONA? I’ve been using social media (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc.) and sending it to blogs. So far, it seems to be working pretty well!

Any live performances in the near future? Definitely expect me to be doing shows all throughout South Carolina and some in the southeast. I also hope to travel to Japan sometime next year to perform with the rest of my label, EXO.

What’s next for you? I’m currently going to be focusing on performing and working on a beat tape for my production side project, JINZO THE TRAP LORD. I’ll also be collaborating with my label heavily, so expect a lot of features from me on their upcoming projects!

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