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 8 years, William has performed around the southeast with many of his projects, and continues to pursue new collaborations whether it be on guitar, vocals, bass, keys, or different types of percussion. With improvisation and looping capability, iLLa wiLLa uses influence of jazz, hip-hop, indie, and rock to design unique live performances and powerful mixing techniques.
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".
The Orange Peel
Isis Music Hall
Asheville Music Hall
Sierra Nevada Brewing
New Belgium Brewing
One World Brewing
Foggy Mountain Brew Pub
Capella on 9
Tressa’s Blues Club
Oscar Blues Brewing
Pillar Rooftop Bar
Burnt Mill Creek
Fort Fisher Aquarium
The Luna Forest
Will O' the Wisp
The Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NORTH CAROLINA
Yountville International Short Film Festival- YOUNTVILLE, CALIFORNIA
Blue Note Napa, JamCellars, Stone Brewing, Trade Brewing, Andaz Mercantile Terrace, Eiko's Japanese House - NAPA, CALIFORNIA
Smith's Olde Bar - ATLANTA, GEORGIA
SOFAR SOUNDS-SAN FRANCISCO, CA - San Jose, CA - RENO, NV -
Clarke Cooke House - Newport, RI