Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Solihull singer Will Naisbitt to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I was born in Solihull and have lived here all my life. I first got into music by learning the piano at around 7, but I really fell in love with music at 14 where I started to write and self teach myself the guitar.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
A huge influence on my music comes from my Irish family background where every get together seemed to end in some kind of sing song. My Grandad was aways singing and I guess he was my biggest influence in my early stages of music. My influences now really range, from really intimate lyrical and melodic artists such as James Bay who have that really raw honest sound all the way to incredibly atmospheric electro pop artists like Lorde and Troye Sivan who convey that really anthemic sound.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is a result of the genres I love to listen to, with heavy focus on lyrical content and progressive melodies, the notion of retaining that intimacy and emotion conveyed by acoustic instruments and combining that with huge sounding drums and ambient guitars is really what I look to achieve when writing and producing my music.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release "Summer" is about missing the parallel of a person as well as a place. It addresses the desire to just go back in time where everything seemed so much simpler and you felt so much more free.
What’s your local music scene like?
I can't really comment on this I'm not really in it ahaha. I'm very new to the scene but it appears very friendly and inclusive of a wide variety of artists.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
My debut ep "BLIND SHEEP & LONELY LOVERS EP" is out in the next couple of months so I'm really excited to let it out into the world. I am doing a headline gig alongside the release of the ep which should be a lot of fun as well.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
There's so many artists I'd love to collaborate with but artists like Lauv, Julia Michaels and Jack Antonoff are defo very high up in the list.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I busk a lot in the local shopping centre, I suppose the large majority of funny stories come from there where you get a wide variety of people saying and doing a lot of "strange" things ahaha.
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
That I just wanna make music that people can really relate to and identify with. Also I don't bite, feel free to message me if you got any questions.