What is your name?
My name’s Will Church.
What is your genre of music?
I´d say indie folk + some urban elements.
Give us a little bio about you.
I was born and raised in a small town near berlin. After finishing school my applications for studying music were declined and I moved to England (Brighton) for some time to make music there and explore the music and busking scene. When I came back to Germany I moved to berlin cause I still had some projects to work on and it grew. I stayed there until now.
What made you go in to music?
I never really knew what I could do after school but after working at a summer toboggan run and working a few months as a cashier it was clear that I couldn’t do something that doesn’t include making music.
Are you a signed?
Jan.2019 I signed to a publisher Sony/ATV.
You have a new EP ‘ Will Church’, tell us more about the single.
The single is “Place We Belong”. It´s a song about finding the feeling of home in every place where you can be who you are. It describes also my personal struggle on my way to realize that. I wrote this after I moved back to Germany.
What is the meaning behind the Ep
The EP is like a personal collection of songs I wrote a few years back and which mean the most to me until now. I guess it´s a good sign to sing the same song for 6 years without getting tired of it. And it´s fun to see how they evolved with the years. It´s a first “hey guys, here I am”
Describe each track in two words.
Place We Belong: dark, pure
Hey Guys: uplifting, guitar! (I love the electric in that song)
The Tumbler: waltz, snare (hard not to love)
Read Your Mind: live (it was a one take after the organ player heard the song for the first time), emotional
What was the writing process like?
It´s actually hard to tell cause I wrote most of those songs while I was still living at my parents’ house between the ages of 17-19. Most probably it was with a cup of tea in a about an hour at the writing desk. (Not really exciting is it?)
What was the recording process like?
The recording process was way more romantic. In a musically way. My producer saw me playing a band contest (without a band) and liked my music. He invited me to produce a few songs with some incredibly talented and cool guys he knew from several TV productions. It was great. We recorded everything live. In one room, together! I loved that workflow and would really look forward to record with them again.
Who did you work with on the Ep with?
The main Producer was Jules Kalmbacher. We recorded at his studio in Mannheim.
Johannes Butzer, Tommy Baldu, Lars Coelln, Martin Meixner were playing the instruments and all of them helped a lot mixing.
Will we see a music video for any of the tracks?
I’m planning on doing live videos of every song. Hope that works out as planned. As most of the music on this record is played live I thought it´d give the songs most justice to do live videos as well.
Do you have any shows coming up or a tour in planning?
Still planning but there will be a tour for sure.
If so where will you be heading?
I´ll try heading to all the places where my music is listened to. (Most probably be places in Europe tho)
What else can we expect in 2019?
Live shows, features, more music
Do you have any collaborations coming up with any upcoming artists?
I do indeed. Sadly I guess I shouldn’t talk about details yet. Sorry 🙂
Would you be up for collaborations if other musicians wanted one with you? and who would they have to contact?
I sure am, if I like the music he or she wants to make. Either me or my publisher. Actually many musicians have contacted me on Instagram. Works better than Facebook!
Do you play any instruments?
Guitar, Piano, Harmonica
Who are your influences?
Bon Iver, Passenger and Dermot Kennedy
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
I find inspiration in real situations. Tough or beautiful moments. But I must admit I also find a big amount of inspiration in green tea.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Happy in a country I love, playing songs I like to sing to people I’m happy to call my fans.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I love going for walks with my dog somewhere in the forest in Brandenburg near berlin.
Even though I might not look like it I try to do sports as often as I can. Football and table tennis are my favourites. Not that gym kinda guy.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
My first favourite song I can think of was St.Anger by Metallica. I think that was when I was 6 years old.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Do what you love, love what you do.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Never give up. Be true to the music you love and don’t push yourself to be someone else.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Be a voice not an echo.
Where in your hometown is a must go to visit?
Berlin has probably too many “must go” places but to me it’s definitely Mauerpark.
It’s a very nice big park with a weekly busking event.
Your coming off tour;
1/ Where do you go first?
-I´d go to my old hometown and have a nice and long walk in the forests of Brandenburg.
2/ Who do you see first?
3/What do you eat first?
-I´ll have a green tea and some biscuits
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?