Walt-Leon is a multi-talented artist and community leader who hails from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Walt-Leon has a drive that isn’t matched by many. He uplifts his community through his music, spoken words, and dance performances. He is a man of God who relates to those who may not be the most religious. His new song Soul Bounce is an example of how he can explain “adult like situations and still hold the attention of the youth”. Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr and 4-U-Nique Publishing goes one-on-one with Walt-Leon to learn his keys to success.
Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr: Let me first start off by saying how proud I am of you and your movement. It seems like yesterday you were coming to the basketball courts to see me play and now you are a grown man who is uplifting the community in many ways.
You are a multi-talented person who has several endeavors going on like myself. I know how challenging it can be. How do you stay motivated and overcome the challenges?
Walt-Leon: I am able to stay motivated by putting God first. It’s not about me. He created me with a purpose and blessed me with gifts. Who am I to say, “I don’t feel like doing it”? The next thing that motivates me is my, “Why”. I have two children and I cannot tell them, “Daddy didn’t feel like getting it done today, so I can’t take you to Busch Gardens”. They are counting on me to provide for them. I also want to see a change in the community and my focus is on the youth.
VLBJ: You are a musician, choreographer, athlete, poet, and an upcoming author. What inspired you want to become all of these things?
WL: Honestly, all of these are passions of mine; they are therapeutic for me. They keep my mind clear and bring me peace. Any way I can use my gifts and help someone develop and better themselves, I will. You never know who is watching and by using my gifts that someone may be ashamed of having, helps them to feel more comfortable being themselves. If one life is touched and changed for the better, I am satisfied. That one life can grow to change many more.
VLBJ: You have a movement called “S.W.A.G”. Can you expand more about your movement?
WL: S.W.A.G stands for Saved Warrior Anointed Generation. It’s a reminder that we are not who the media makes us out to be, but we are great. We were born to be great. It started as a song which was the first single off of my upcoming album entitled, Music Take Me Away. Now it’s grown to a full blown movement with the slogan, “I Got SWAG”, which came from a moment when I performed the song at Hampton University. The entire crowd was saying, “I Got Swag” back to me and it stuck with me.
VLBJ: How do you balance your time between all your endeavors and your home life?
WL: That’s the tough part (Laughs). My four year old daughter demands so much attention. I make sure she gets her time first. When she goes to bed is when I start to handle business as WALT-LEON. I sacrifice sleep to make sure I can handle as much as possible. I often have my daughter and son with me while handling business when they ask to go. So they can understand how to get into business for themselves and also so they can see what I’m actually doing when I’m not home. So when it’s their turn to be in charge they can already know how to operate.
VLBJ: Who and what inspired you to travel the path to becoming who you are?
WL: Everything that I do has always been a passion of mine, but I haven’t always been confident doing them. My family inspires me to keep going no matter what. The kids in the community also inspire me. At first I didn’t know they were paying attention until they started speaking up and saying, I make them feel like they can do whatever they want to do in life.
I pull inspiration from any and every little thing from books, to videos, to a child’s imagination, movies and more.
VLBJ: Who are your biggest influences as a musician, choreographer, author, community leader, and poet?
WL: As a musician I have my favorites such as Jay-Z of course; but artist like Sean C. Johnson, Sean Slaughter, Reed Dollaz, Reignman, Fred the Godson, Timeless Treez, Philmysoul, Billy Mercury, and more. The reality and hunger in their music speaks to me.
Influences as a choreographer are Muata Langley, Shaun Evaristo, Vernita Williams, Brian Puspos.
Authors I’m influenced by are you (Vid Lamonte’ Buggs Jr.) of course, Erica Spradley, and one of my favorite books is by Paulo Coelho.
Since birth I’ve watched community leaders fight for rights and just help people in general. Two of the strongest I’ve seen are Edna Davis and Andrew Shannon.
My favorite poets are Godchild, LEVI, and Michelle “TuTu” Vinnie.
VLBJ: I’m honored that I’m in your list of authors who influence you. Thank you. Let’s talk about your video that is causing a lot of buzz, Soul Bounce. I love the song and video. Tell us how you came up with the concept of the song, as well as the video.
WL: What’s crazy about this song is I got the beat for it in 2011 but I couldn’t find the right voice for the song. In 2016, I linked up with a guy named Carlos Anthony that I played basketball with growing up. I haven’t seen him since 2003. His voice was perfect for the song and we were finally able to record it. The concept of the song was to remind people no matter what you go through in life don’t let it break your spirit and if you look at any situation again, you can find something positive worth rejoicing. The hook is actually the directions to the line dance. At the same time it is what we do in everyday life. We often fall off of our path and go left or right, but we always have a chance to straighten out. Then we get to celebrate once we make it through the obstacle and what was supposed to break us only made us stronger and we used it as motivation instead of as an excuse.
The song had a summer fun skating rink feel to it, so I really wanted people from the community to come have fun and enjoy themselves and be a part of something that they can look back on forever. Once releasing the video, it picked up 8,000 plus views on Facebook in the first week.
VLBJ: You just signed on to publish your book through my company 4-U-Nique Publishing. Why did you decide to write a book and what is it about?
WL: I decided to write a book because I ran across a lot of people who will sit on Facebook and Instagram for 30 minutes at a time but say they don’t have time to read. I decided to write a book which would be 1-2 minute daily reads. Each insert is a daily motivation to get your day started. I was inspired by excuses of others to write something they don’t have an excuse to not read. Starting your day with positivity is critical with all the negative the media puts out.
VLBJ: Out of all the other publishing companies, why did you decide to let 4-U-Nique Publishing work with you on your book?
WL: 4-U-Nique welcomed me and made me feel comfortable as a first time author. When explaining all of the details, you all was honest and broke everything down into terms that someone, who isn’t a publisher, would understand. Built a trusting relationship and the lines of communication have been open for me to ask any questions. I’ve seen the quality of what 4-U-Nique Publishing produces and I love it.
VLBJ: What are your other goals and aspirations?
WL: My main goal is to be the best father my children can ask for and to break generational curses that linger in the community. To help others remember, with God they can do anything. I was blessed with many different talents and I love using every one of them. I really want to get into real estate. Once I get the album out, the book out, and one or two more shirts out, I will expand into the real estate side of things. My company TouchLife is about changing lives and being a positive impact on a person’s life anyway you come in contact with them.
VLBJ: What are your best tips for dealing with creator’s block and staying creative?
WL: My best tip is to always be teachable. You can learn from a child, from nature, from animals, etc. Always be teachable. Don’t force it. The moment you feel like you’re forcing an idea, step away and you may be inspired be something completely different which will get your creative juices flowing again.
VLBJ: Can you tell us about your creating process?
WL: I’m an insomniac, so most of my creativity starts going around 2 am. I often turn on music and cartoons. Being that my focus is for the youth to have something positive and I’m artsy, I watch cartoons and sometimes get a metaphor that the children can relate to while explaining an adult like situation. This way I can reach adults while keeping the attention of the youth.
I love to drive. I will take an 8 hour road trip in a heartbeat. A lot of my creating is done in the car, so I put a lot in my voice memos. Once I come to a stop, I put a rough draft in one of my notebooks. When something is seriously bothering me, I will go sit out by the water and write down what’s bothering me. Then I find a positive way to flip it, so instead of being angry and making someone else relive their anger, I can now have a way to help someone get over what they are going through and not feel alone.
VLBJ: Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to make a positive difference in their community?
WL: Don’t let anyone discourage you. People who laugh at your idea or talk down about it, is simply because they don’t understand. The same ones who laugh are the same ones who will thank you and congratulate you. The only way they will understand what you are saying is by seeing you in action doing it. Someone else is waiting for you to fulfill your purpose and execute the idea you have to make your community better. KEEP GOING!!!
VLBJ: Where are people most likely to see your works?
WL: People are most likely to see my work on social media; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. I am in the process of discussing a website with a web designer and possibly an app as well.
VLBJ: Do you have any funny or interesting stories to tell us about a project you’ve worked?
WL: I play a lot, so every project I work, song, album, etc. has an interesting story. I’m going through a situation now honestly, which is why the album is entitled, Music Take Me Away.
I’m the goofy one, so I’m always falling and I can’t play anything off because as soon as it happens my daughter always screams, “Ahhh that’s what you get” (Laughs). I would be here for days discussing interesting stories.
VLBJ: If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?
WL: I would be an international artist. This way I can travel the world for a living and take my children to see the world. Give me more to talk about to inspire the children in my community and communities around the world that there is more to the world then the city you live in. I’ll be able to post pictures and show them what I mean instead of just speaking about it.
VLBJ: Do you have any upcoming events or promotions?
WL: Yes, I will be interviewing with DJ DirtyDi on August 6th. August 12th, I’ll teach a workshop where the headline artist will be stellar award winning artist, Bri Babineaux. On August 19th, 2017, the album will be released. I’m also booked to perform at a community day and I have an interview on the Leroy and Janice Butler morning show on 940am radio in Virginia on August 19th. I’ll perform at Andrew Shannon Gospel Music Celebration during the Southeast Day Parade and Festival in September. Just to name a few.
VLBJ: Awesome. DJ DirtyDi did an interview with me at the beginning of the year. She is definitely doing big things. Where can people reach you at? What social media channels? Websites?
WL: I can be reached on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/waltleonmusic. Instagram and Twitter as @walt_leon and on YouTube as WaltLeonMusicTV.
VLBJ: Is there anything else you want people to know?
WL: I want people to know, whatever they put their mind to they can do. Make sure your why is bigger than your excuse and you will accomplish just about every goal you set out to accomplish. My company slogan is what I tell people whenever I get a chance, “See A Life, Touch A Life, Change A Life”.
Don’t forget to check out Walt-Leon’s new video Soul Bounce.
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