THE MOVEMENT featuring Rev. Willie Wiggins Jr, Dee Brown, Ebonics, Jean Clay- 10 Questions Interview
The Movement Feat. Reverend Willie Wiggins, Jean Clay, Dee Brown & Ebonics is a dynamic, gospel rap ensemble directed by band leader, Reverend Willie Wiggins, Jr. aka Rev. Willie J. Originally from Boston, Reverend Willie Wiggins is a spiritually gifted Man of GOD, motivational speaker, Minister at Concord Baptist Church in Milton MA, and CEO/Founder of the Strong Roots Youth Foundation. His music career spans over 30 years. He has a Masters degree in Theology / Urban-Community-Leadership from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, a BS in Psychology from UMass-Boston - BS in Business Administration from Kaplan University, and an AS in Accounting from Newbury College. Rev. Willie is the author of three books; The Last Chapter (If I Can Change, You Can Change), OG Willie J the Jack of All Trades, and Walk it Like You Talk It (The Lords Way). He is a motivational speaker, teaching and convincing youth and young adults how to overcome all obstacles in their path and improve their quality of life. The Movement's latest single is "Thou Shall Not Kill."
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Reverend Willie Wiggins: My mother brought me and my brothers instruments and they didn't like them, but I did and I learned to play them all. Plus all of the teenagers in my community were in signing groups so I formed my own group at the age of 15. My music career spans over 30 years in which I've had the pleasure of working with various recording artist.
About Dee Brown: Dwayne “Dee” Brown is a music producer, engineer, and DJ out of Boston Massachusetts. He has made a name for himself over the last 17 years. He got his start in the music business in 2003 working for Boston’s number one for hip-hop and R&B Jamn’ 94.5 FM. There he hosted live events and his own show Droppin’ Knowledge. Since then he continues to produce a variety of artists in Boston and New York area, while also DJ’ing and engineering live events. Dee Brown is currently building his brand “Yah Like That.”
Ebonics: Ever since I could remember I’ve been in love with hip hop. From LL Cool J, Run-DMC, 2Pac, Biggie Smalls, Nas, Cormega, Wu-Tang, The Lox, Dipset Set, 50 and so on. Growing up in New England we were heavily influenced by New York MC’s, the home of Hip Hop. I’ve been rapping since 1999-2000. I was 14 when I began rapping. Since the very 1st time I fell in love.
About Jean Clay: At the age of 17, Jean started recording music and used his talent as a form of expression. In his former days he was known as Jean Monroe. He sought after money, fame and women. As time went on he realized that those things held empty promises and can never truly satisfy. Through the storms of life, Jean found himself broken and in need of guidance and strength. In 2012 he gave his life to Jesus and has never been the same since. Jean Clay has been inspired by Jesus to share the gospel through a unique sound.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Rev. Willie Wiggins: Producer Maurice Starr (Producer of New Edition & New Kids On The Block) lived up the street from me in Boston MA. I would go to his house and play Ping-Pong with him and his brothers and then record songs that I wrote. Maurice wanted to produce me and two other youths and he wanted to call us the "Pretty Boys" and reduce our age from 17 & 18 to age 15. I didn't like the fact of being called a "Pretty Boy" and I felt that I was a man so Maurice said to me "Your to hardheaded and you don't want to listen to me so I can't work with you." I didn't listen to him and tried to produce my own group, but I didn't have the connections that Maurice had. Six months later Maurice Starr produced The New Kids On The Block and they became a Multi Million Dollar Platinum Group. I tried to get back in with him, but he didn't want anything to do with me.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I think that I can speak for us all (THE MOVEMENT & MYSELF). This time of our life right now is the HIGH POINT of our music path.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Reverend Willie Wigging: I draw divine inspiration from GOD. I also have a passion to inspire and encourage others so I'm always looking for a creative idea to express myself.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Rev. Willie Wiggins: I think that the biggest challenge facing Indie artist today is getting their music heard. Radio, Music Critics, and Distribution. For the Indie artist it's not what you know but who you know that will put you on the map of success.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Rev. Willie Wiggins: I think that it would be Kirk Franklin because we both seek to inspire the new generation of young folks and at the same time encourage and inspire people of all ages and of all walks of life.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Because of Covid-19 we have had very little time to rehearse together but we do spend a lot to time writing and recording songs. We are all very energetic and dynamic praying men of GOD and we are surely ready to perform at a moments notice.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
We all agree that no song that either of us wrote was ever a challenge. We love what we do and we don't feel that it's a challenge but an exciting adventure.
What's coming up in the future?
We are currently working on a full album together and also on solo projects.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Our music can be heard on Spotify - iTunes - AppleMusic - Amazon - BoomPlay - Pandora - iHeart-Radio - YouTube - Napster - Gracenote