Interview: Will & The People

By on Monday, 11th May 2009 at 4:00 pm

Will and the People (side)We’ve been following Will and the People for a few months here on TGTF, and are huge fans of their unique brand of pop.

Recently, we were fortunate enough to sit down with Will (of, errr, Will & The People), to chat things over and find out what he’s been up to recently.

Hello Will and the People. Who are you and what are you up to at the moment?

We are a groovy bunch of mofos on our way to Liverpool to play some songs with Paolo Nutini and Girls Aloud. Saying that would never bore me!

What do you reckon you sound like?

Sometimes massively colourful, other times black and white. We sound English, but not too English, and there are tropical tastes all over the place. A mixture of Bob Marley, The Specials and Lady Gaga.

On songwriting – how does it start for you? Lyrical concept? A riff? Turn of phrase? Or a drug fuelled orgy that results in a great song?

Good question. Well pretty much all of those things, really. But I think I find it easy to be creative because I dream a lot, and therefore my head is in another place when I do. And I write when I dream so it’s just like a kind of spiritual diary, I guess. Spiritual in the sense that no-one knows where dreams come from, and I don’t really control my writing, it controls me (deep…).

What have you been listening to lately? Are you more of a “cutting edge music” sort of guy or an old classics appreciator?

I really am a “don’t really give a fuck as long as it takes me somewhere” kind of listener. I listen to everything from Crowded House to Skindred to Rihanna to The Police and Sublime. My favourite artist is Bob Marley. As a band we kind of seem to have the same musical perceptions and opinions. I think that’s why we gel as a group musically. Tastes are important for the energy in the live show; if we all love it, it shows.

What would be a cool location you’d like to do a gig at?

Hmm… They should do a festival in that big park in Amsterdam. I can’t remember the name of it for love nor money. That’s Amsterdam for you… A Madison Square Gardens headline slot would be a benchmark.

What busking? Have you ever done that? If not,would you want to?

Yes of course I have. Anyone who has never busked hasn’t really slummed it. I have to say I slept on sofas for a good 2 years before I even found my bloody band!

If things went really well for you over the next few years and you found yourself doing a huge headlining tour of huge arenas or stadia, who would you have supporting you each night? What would your show be like?

Our show is going to be sweet as marzipan and as heavy as lead! I would love to have a stage area where the crowd can come up and dance and join in. It’s Will and the People after all, and for us it’s all about crowd participation so I can see that being a theme in general. As for support bands, I would have up-and-coming bands I liked because it’s such a good way to kick-start a career. It’s a great opportunity, as we have found out thanks to The Police and Girls Aloud.

And finally what’s one fact about you that normally we’d never know?

I like doing back flips…

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