Exclusive: Get To Know Will Fisher

Will Fisher, aka "fissure.", is a producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and DJ from Brooklyn, New York who iscurrently residing in Harlem, NY. Fissure is studying music production and audio engineering and is entering his final year at the City College of New York. He performs regularly around the New York area, with a wide variety of artists and bands. He is the bassist for 'The Sweet High' (IG: @thesweethighband), 'Julian Giaimo' (IG: @julian_giaimo) and the backing DJ for upcoming hip hop artist 'Rah-C' (IG: @rahclyrical). He has production credits on several songs off of Rah-C's upcoming project, Grey Matter which will be releasing on August 31. In addition, he is the main engineer and co-producer (alongside Sean Lawrence (IG: @ssseansss_) for the rising alternative R&B artist sectiontoo (IG: @sectiontoo_).

This track titled “Rah - C-40” comes off with a light intro and ultimately the listener knows off the bat that it is a rap song. The substance and meat is in the lyrics. The listener can hear the rawness and emotion from every word he says. Each word has a purpose and it is blatantly put across for his audience to listen to. It’s important to note that Will Fisher is also a producer and in this track Will knows exactly how to balance out his verses with the drowsy but strong instrumental. Each verse builds up enough to keep you going in the rhythm of his rap. This is a song has a message for you to uncover as you listen. Make sure to connect with Will Fisher and listen to his other tracks.

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Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?

My name is Will Fisher, aka fissure. I’m a producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and DJ. My parents were always very encouraging and supportive of my musical endeavors, and they were always playing music around the house while I was growing up - everything from Hendrix & the Beatles to the White Stripes & Pink Floyd, MJ, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, U2, the Chili Peppers, the Beastie Boys - essentially everything under the sun. This exposure to an eclectic variety of music inspired me to pick up the guitar when I was 8 years old, and I haven’t looked back since. I’m very grateful for having grown up in New York City, and by the time I was attending LaGuardia Performing Arts High School in upper Manhattan, I was playing with & studying under some of the best musicians the city had to offer, some of whom I still consider close friends and collaborators. Around the same time, I fell deeply in love with hip-hop music, and began to mess around with making beats and DJ’ing. I found the art of sampling to be particularly fascinating; most of my favorite hip-hop producers, like J Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, & Dr. Dre (to name a few), had this incredible ability to take a microscopic portion of an older record, flip it and create something completely original from it. That was not only very inspiring for a young budding producer, but it also quite educational; while “digging in the crates” searching for the sampled sources of my favorite hip-hop records, I was sent down an endless rabbit hole of music exploration that exposed me to artists & genres I probably would not have come across otherwise. I’m now entering my final semester of college (studying music production & audio engineering), and I’m looking forward to continuing my growth as a producer and a musician.

How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?

I’m embarrassed to say there’s no special underlying meaning or significant backstory surrounding the name “fissure.” My mom actually came up with it (it’s a play on my last name Fisher) and I thought it was pretty cool and just ran with it. I’ve always prioritized being recognized for my work above being recognized for my name/claim to fame; as long as you know who I am and actually listen to and appreciate my music, I don’t care whether you call me by my birth name or my “producer name.” However, I did play a lot of Yu-Gi-Oh as a kid, and I remember there was this one spell card called Fissure that had a pretty cool picture on the front, so I guess there’s that.

Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?

Right now, I’m too self conscious to write and release anything that is 100% “solo material” (hopefully that’ll change in the near future) but I feel like my main strength is producing for & collaborating with other artists; it’s where I feel most comfortable. I don’t have a set-in-stone creative process or anything like that - as corny as it sounds, I try to keep it organic, and let how I’m feeling that day dictate how the idea takes shape. I feel like if I start a song the same way too many times in a row, my music begins to feel formulaic and stale, and that’s the last thing that I want. I like bouncing ideas off of other people’s heads. I’ll come up with a cool melody/sample or some kind of basic drum loop and send it to a friend - they’ll do they’re thing with it, and that exchange of ideas will more often then not evolve into a finished song over time. That’s how most of the sectiontoo stuff that I produce with my boy Sean Lawrence comes to fruition - us texting each other loops and then going into the studio together to flesh out the ideas into something greater.

We’re really into your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?

Closer by sectiontoo is the most recent single I had a hand in producing. As I mentioned before, this song came about after Sean sent me the loop of the drums and keys that you hear at the very beginning, along with a vocal demo. He had all the lyrics written already, and wanted to figure out a way to make the song feel less melodically static without losing the propulsive sense of groove that the drums were providing. Despite the song’s relative simplicity, it took us a few days before we completed the beat and tracked out all the vocals, but I’m very proud of the final product. I love the intersecting vocal melodies at the breakdown at around 1:50 (a nod to D’Angelo’s “The Root” off the Voodoo album, one of my favorite records of all time), and the synth-string outro (super inspired by Tyler the Creator’s last record, Flower Boy) is something I’ve wanted to put on a song for a long time, but never gotten the chance to until now. I never want to be shy about wearing my influences on my sleeve; it keeps me humble.

What’s next for you?

We’ve got a bunch more sectiontoo singles on the verge of completion that will be released very soon, with the possibility of a full project certainly on the horizon. I recently started performing as the live backing DJ for up-and-coming hip-hop artist Rah-C, and I’ve got production credits on several tracks off of his upcoming EP Grey Matter (available everywhere August 31st) that I’m very excited to share. Other than that, I’m eager to continue creating and gigging on a regular basis. A lasting piece of advice I received in high school that has stuck with me to this day is that no matter how much you think you know or you think you’ve learned, you’re always a student. I never want to get to the point where I feel complacent or fully satisfied creatively, so I’m looking forward to meeting/collaborating with new people, seeing new places, and continuing to grow and learn as a producer, musician, and person.

Connect with Will Fisher on social media:

Social Media: IG: @willfissure

Twitter: @_fissure_

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/willfissure

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/user/1225198407?si=KU6IJFvCTvWala8c9mNTRQ