GOLDEN BOY PRESS INTERVIEW #420
Meet WILLIAM WILSON, a music artist that transcends the bounds we’ve placed on artists today. This artist takes many inspirations from Baudelaire and Corso, intelligent individuals who have all released their share of creativity into the world, for people like WILLIAM WILSON, how he channels it, and creates something marvelous.
“Escaped from a story by Edgar Allan Poe, and apparently survived his double, the artist William Wilson resurrected with the release of Whispers: A Scar Is Born.
Dreamy, melancholy, surreal, ironic, this album is above all, lucid. We don’t sink in bloody wounds, not plaintive cries within the walls of our house, no broken windows or broken dishes or pain lost en route because of suicide; rather a radiant consciousness oozing sounds of detached redemption, in a tie, with the music, totally transcendent – by the player and the part of the listener.”
Could you introduce yourself?
Hi everybody !!! I’m William Wilson, singer & songwriter from Sicily.
This is my solo project, started on a cold fall of 2009, with the desire to reinterpret old Edgar Allan Poe, Boris Vian, Charles Baudelaire & Gregory Corso poems (and so on …) and put them into music. The name comes from a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, “William Wilson”, who was a key figure in the poetry of the American writer. Fascinated and captivated by the power of the ‘double’ or 'doppelgänger’, William Wilson becomes a perfect moniker to my new artistic reincarnation.
What’s your life philosophy? How do you try to apply that to your work?
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law” is my life philosophy, according to Crowley’s thought. I just try to be myself everyday and do whatever makes me happy & satisfied.
It’s a difficult path to lead, but you know, perseverance pays.
I guess everyone could hear this sort of artistic freedom even in my songs, or maybe, I like to think it is so …
Could you tell us what you think makes you stand apart in the music industry?
I would like to stand apart in the music industry and maybe I succeed sometimes, but when you go deep inside & try to be a part of the whole music business you can’t really stand apart.
I just write, sing & play whatever comes from my gut & that’s all I would like the audience to know & take from me & from my music.
So, I think it’s hard work to stand apart even if you try, because I’m just a piece of the puzzle …
How do you feel your visual aesthetic influences your music? Do you feel that it plays a role in what you produce, or is it not as important to you personally?
I don’t mind what people see or look for, but just what they feel listening to my songs.
It’s not that important to me, what I could seem or appear as to others. Only music matters.
What are you looking forward to most in the next coming months? Do you have any plans that you don’t mind sharing? Maybe collabs, or other projects in the works?
I’m touring around Italy right now and this will go on until next June. This should be the first part of my acoustic tour, then after summer I should go playing around Italy & Europe with my brand new band, hopefully in September / October / November.
So, I’ll spent my summer in Sicily rehearsing for the upcoming tour.
Do you have any rituals you do before you start your creative process for a new project, to get your mind and energy in the right place?
Not really … I read a lot, books, comics & everything that could be inspiring & then I begin with the writing process after creating a bunch of music with my acoustic guitar.
And I go running, three days a week, 'cause it keeps me focused on my target & gives me time to think, all alone by myself.
What are some of your goals for 2016?
Play live a lot all over Italy & Europe, promoting my new album “Whispers: A Scar Is Born” out on June the 10th (Seahorse Recordings). That’s all I really want, actually.
What makes you happy?
Reading books, listening to music, watching movies & TV series, go running, loving, travelling, playing my guitar, singing my songs, the sunlight, cats. Being free.
Any closing comments?
I really hope to come to U.S. next year & spread my verb all over the world.
Stay tuned on my facebook page for more updates to come. To be social is the new law :)
Thank you very much for the interview.
A huge CIAO CIAO to all.