Willow on her quest to solo like St. Vincent, getting two-hand tapping lessons from Yvette Young and why her latest album is a love letter to rock music

Willow performs live on stage at Reading Festival day three on August 28, 2022 in Reading, England.
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She may only be 22 years old, but American singer and guitarist Willow already understands that time is precious. She currently has five albums to her name and there’s plenty of creative wind in her sails to ensure an array of releases could follow in quick succession, if she so desires. 

The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith made her acting debut alongside her father in 2007 post-apocalyptic thriller I Am Legend when she was only seven years old, though in more recent years she’s been focusing on her career as a rock musician – following in the footsteps of her mother Jada, singer of nu-metal band, Wicked Wisdom.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).