Hey William! So excited to be chatting with you! You are gearing up to release your next single! What do you hope your supporters will think of the new song?
Yes! I’m really excited for this one because I’ve actually played it quite a few times while on tour this past year so it already kinda feels like it’s out to me. 🙂 I’m excited too coz I keep having people ask me when it will be released — which might be a sign that people will like it.
Can you tell us the backstory of this song? Is it from a real experience?
My song George Harrison is actually about four years old. I wrote the chords and verses in like 20 minutes but I could never tie it up into a full length thing. I just felt for a long time that I had this song that was a great little pop song but didn’t know where it was headed. Eventually I found the light at the end of the tunnel. The song is really about the little things that I love about my girlfriend. Mostly it’s about how she likes George Harrison the most out of all of The Beatles — except for Paul (who is my favorite). Pretty tongue in cheek.
You also have more music coming out in 2020!! Can you spill any details on what your supporters can look forward to next year?!?
Yes! I’ll actually be putting out the second side of my record called Everything Will Be Okay in July! I’m very excited. Kind of an odd time to release music but I’m just at the point where I want it out so why not? Anyways, it’s a nice little collection of songs and I hope that people can connect with the larger body of work in the same way that they have with the singles.
Do you have a creative say in your music? Did you help write all your new songs?
I have total control *laughs maniacally*. No, but yes I write and produce 100% of my material, including all of the songs on Everything Will Be Okay.
What’s it feel like to be releasing your own original music?
It’s rewarding when people like it!
Will there be a music video for your new single? If so, can you tell us about the concept of the video 🙂
Yes! I’m still working on it but it’s already looking pretty good. Since it’s a song that references The Beatles, I thought it was as good a time as any to just go super on-the-nose Beatles. Take what you will from that. 🙂
Is there anyone you want to thank that’s helped you get to where you are today?
Oh yes, loads of people. Mainly my manager and best friend Blaine Pugh who has really helped every step of the way in so many ways. He’s really my point guy on everything. I definitely want to thank my parents always obviously and really anyone who has supported my music along the way. Much work is left to do!
What do you think makes your fan community/fandom different from others?
I think that my listeners are edgy but not too edgy. Also they have a good sense of humor. They enjoy long walks on the beach.
How would you describe your fans? – What’s three words you would use to describe your fans?
Hmm, great question. I would say 1. beautiful, 2. intelligent, 3. humble.
What do you want your message to be towards your fans? What do you want your fans to take away from your music?
My main goal is to be authentic both in presentation and in subject matter. I really want to make sure that anyone who listens to me knows that everything’s probably going to be okay in the end, and to always try to look at the bright side of things. I’m a pretty optimistic guy and I think my listeners are optimistic too.
What’s something your fans don’t know about you?
I actually learned how to ride a unicycle before I learned how to ride a bike.
What’s one word you would use to describe what your fans have allowed you to accomplish?
Reach. It’s totally insane to me how the internet has enabled this music to travel. Word of mouth has played a huge role in my career thus far and I think that’s all due to the listeners.
What do you want your fans to know if they ever see you in public?
I’m the one in the black pants
Is there anyone in the music business you are dying to meet?
Obviously I would love to meet Paul McCartney but then again, who wouldn’t? I guess I’ll settle for William Hung.
Why do you think social media is so important for artists like yourself?
Social media is amazing for independent artists because it’s the exact same platform that big label artists use too. So minus the millions of followers, you still have the opportunity to connect with your listeners in a real way.
What would you say is your biggest dream/goal right now?
The goal has always been to have a song on the radio or on the charts, but as time goes on I realize that really I just want to be able to write/record and then tour. My dream is to play to the people that want to hear it and maybe have some kid leave the concert and go home to write songs better than mine.
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
If you’re reading this, know that I love you and always have.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview!