Who Is Willis Earl Beal?

Only Wanting To Make Music Until He Gets Enough Money To Disappear

Willis Earl Beal: "I still feel like that now except I don't envision myself just stopping anything entirely. But this is definitely a means to an end, this music thing. That's what a lot of people don't get about me. 'Oh I'm so desperate for attention.'

"Well, I used to be, but these days I just want to be a grown person and I just want to live a nice cool calm life. I'm not really all that interested in continuing to do this for 50 years. I have a five-year retirement plan.

"I want to be in the music industry but I want to do it on my own terms. That's why I'm trying to make sure that this next record is good so I can make the money, stand on that artistic plateau—as opposed to the one I'm standing on now that's kind of divided between the shitty sound of the live recordings and the dynamic sounds of the live shows.

"I want to prove myself in that aspect and make some money so I won't have to tour as much. I won't have to prostitute myself as much. After that, I can just be like Patti Smith or something, do an art gallery or showing every now and then. Make a CD or write a book or whatever. It's not a whole lot of pressure."

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