What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Give us a little bio about you.
I’m a 23-year-old pop influenced singer/songwriter based in Sydney, Australia. I have an unrivalled passion for music and in particular song writing, and my primary goal is to share my music with the world and have my listeners enjoy the music I make as much as I do.
What made you go into music?
I’ve always loved to sing, but it wasn’t until I was around 14 years old, I realised that while it was great to be able to sing (well at least my mum said I could), I couldn’t perform or make music without an instrument to accompany it. As a result, I decided to take up a guitar and taught myself how to play using several hundred YouTube tutorials and the rest is history really. From that moment onwards I got into gigging and from that song-writing and here we are.
Who are your influences?
Possibly my biggest inspiration is British film producer Denis O’Dell, who frequently collaborated with The Beatles and worked on several of their films and documentaries. My grandfather put a lot of effort into all his achievements as he moved from once having very little to having the life most people can only dream of. His incredible story was frequently told to me as a child, which inspired me to always work hard and chase my dreams no matter how big or small. Another individual who has had a more recent impact on my life musically is Ed Sheeran. Divide is my favourite album of all time, and I’ve heard it at least 5,000 times. I also think his stage presence, work ethic and song writing is second to none.
Are you a signed?
No, I am currently an independent artist.
You released your debut single ‘Far Apart’, tell us more about the single and the meaning behind the song.
I wrote ‘Far Apart’ while Australia, my home country, was under COVID 19 lockdown. It tells the story of missing the person you love most all because of the stringent laws. Even though she was physically close to me, it may as well have been miles and miles because it was illegal to see each other under the conditions. I am a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to lyrics, I go back and rewrite a lot of my songs. However, I think because the pandemic was such a time of intense emotion for everyone (not just me), Far Apart was written in a total of about 2 hours, which is quick for me.
Describe the track in two words.
I believe the emotions I was feeling when I wrote Far Apart are reflected in the song. So, I’d say emotional. It’s also a very catchy tune, in my opinion. I couldn’t get the melody out of my head for a long time before I sat down and wrote the song. I’d say emotional and catchy.
What was the writing and recording process like?
I wrote Far Apart in my bedroom in about two hours during COVID lockdown. After that, I didn’t do much with it and continued to write a tonne of other songs instead. It wasn’t until late 2021 that I began recording several demo tracks in a friend’s garage; one of these songs was Far Apart. When they were finally finished, I was so pleased with the song’s melody that I went into the recording studio to have it professionally done. I was stoked with how it sounded so it was at this point that I decided to make it my debut single and released it on the 14th of this month.
Who did you work with on the single?
On the demo, as stated above, I built the track with a now-good friend of mine, Robbie Macpherson, in his garage. We got the track to a point where I could take it into a professional studio and re-record it with the very talented Charlotte Adelle (of Forbes Street). Leon Zervos (of 301) mastered it for me, I was so stoked with how it sounded that I decided I wanted to make it my first single. I’ve made this process all sound very simple, but in reality, this track has taken years to complete, from the time I first wrote it to the day it was released.
Will we see a music video for ‘Far Apart’ and if so what can we expect from the creative process?
I’ve decided that for Far Apart, we can expect a lyric video in the coming weeks, followed by a music video depending on how well the song does. I really wanted to save some money and instead of spending it on a video, I wanted to go back into the studio and start working on some new songs for next year. I’m seriously hungry and have some big plans for next year.
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect from it?
I want to keep releasing singles until the end of this year and into the next just to see if I can build a solid fan base from that. An album has been on my mind for many years, and I’m hoping that by the end of my career, I’ll have released several albums rather than just one.
What else can we expect in 2022?
My next single ‘Not Mad’ will be released on the 25th November this year. I had it produced at the same studio and around the same time as ‘Far Apart’ so I’ve had it waiting in the pipeline for quite some time now. I am very excited to see what people think about this one. It’s more of an upbeat track and very different to Far Apart which I think showcases some versatility in my writing style.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In five years, I’d like to have established a solid fanbase and people eagerly anticipating new music from me. I’d like to have a few albums out and be constantly grinding and working on what’s next. If we are dreaming big, I’d also love to have travelled the world playing my music to sold out shows.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
3. Mic stand
4. The chords
5. The Lyrics
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
A lot of my information is on my website at www.willconnmusic.com.au. I also have Instagram, Tik-tok and Facebook that my fans can follow me on!