William Peterson, known as iLLa wiLLa, is a multi-instrumentalist composer of original music from Wilmington, North Carolina. After living in the mountain oasis of Asheville, NC for 7 years, William has performed around the state with many of his projects, and continues to pursue new collaborations whether it be on guitar, vocals, bass, keys, or different types of percussion.
Growing up in a musical environment, William sang in choirs and learned piano with his sister, while his father's business Water Street Restaurant had live music almost every night. There is where his deeply rooted love for music took off. Genres spanning from jazz to bluegrass to eclectic improvisation, William's ear was exposed to a wide range of music at Water Street, and now in his mid 20's, he cherish's the lasting effect those artists had in him.
"New Sense" by iLLa wiLLa
"New Sense" is William Peterson's debut release, inspired by the notion that we as individuals must strive to break through societal routine in order to maintain one's sense of individuality.
The video was filmed at Jacobe Warehouse in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina, a location that holds deep sentimental value to Peterson. "Being here again is like visiting my childhood playhouse" says Peterson, who recalls spending much time there growing up. "New Sense was composed during a particularly emotional time in my life, and I wanted to convey those emotions in a way that could be transformed into other people's interpretations of their own struggle".