WILLOW is going pop-punk with an assist from Travis Barker.
The Blink-182 drummer guests on a new song from the daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith titled “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l,” a more guitar and drum-focused track compared to her usual alt-pop sound.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music, WILLOW explains that she grew up listening to bands including Blink, as well as My Chemical Romance and Avril Lavigne, but felt “afraid” to try and make that kind of music herself.
“When COVID hit and I just had all this time on my hands, I was like, ‘Let me try and go through this fear and actually prove to myself if this is a genre I can do,'” WILLOW shares.
“I had to find what was authentic to me, that journey of figuring out like, ‘Wow, I don’t have to sound not like myself,'” she continues. “‘I can sound like Willow and I can sound like me and still make this kind of music and still feel that vibe.'”
You can download “t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l” now via digital outlets.
WILLOW, of course, isn’t the first artist Barker has helped usher into the world of pop-punk, having produced Machine Gun Kelly‘s guitar-driven album Tickets to My Downfall.
(Video contains uncensored profanity.)
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