Will Gittens; a student at the Berklee Collge of Music in Boston USA has made quite the impression with the team at Editors Keys, and we couldn’t help but ask him for a quick Q&A! We asked him a few questions about his ambitions, music and what makes passionate about what he does.
Will Gittens uses the SL600 USB Microphone and the StudioSeries Portable Vocal Booth Pro
When was the moment you knew that music was what you wanted to pursue?
The moment I knew I wanted to pursue music was when I was 17. Vince Gill allowed me to shadow him backstage at a sold out show at the Ryman auditorium. He then asked me to sing a song, performing in front of 3000, after that experience I knew music was my calling.
How long have you been performing for?
I’ve been performing for about 4 years now
Who are your biggest musical inspirations?
I have so many! I really admire Sam Cooke, Micheal Jackson, John Mayer, John Legend, Mali Music, Stevie Wonder, Derek Trucks.
What inspires you to write songs? Do you have any favourite poets/songwriters?
I do write my own songs. What inspires me to write songs are beautiful environments/atmospheres. But the biggest inspiration to write songs for me is relationships. My father is one of my favorite songwriters.
I also really like how John Mayer writes, as well as John Legend, Stevie Wonder is probably my favourite songwriter.
What track/album are you listening to at the moment?
I’m really digging Mali music’s album “Mali Is” I’m listening to that a lot, and I really love the new D’angelo album “Black Mesiah”
If you had to take 3 songs with you to a desert island what would they be and why?
I would take I just called to say I love you by Stevie Wonder
Slow Dancing In A Burning Room by John Mayer
Oceans by Hillsong
What are your thoughts on the current music scene?
I think the current music scene is struggling. I say that because real talent is not appreciated as much anymore. All the new social media platforms such as Vine, Instagram, Youtube, etc. are leveling out the playing field to where, regular people can become “famous.” Back then it was about your raw talent and uniqueness. These days, an average joe, with little to no talent can “go viral,” and have just as big, or a bigger following than a “signed artist”. You can be the best singer, but labels don’t want to “risk” anything with you unless you have a substantial social media following already. The music scene is in great need of total reconstruction.
Could you explain a little bit more about where you are currently and what's next for you in terms of your music?
I am currently in Nashville, I am currently working on growing my fanbase through social media. That is going to be one of my biggest focuses this year, hopefully something I create goes viral. I have Vine, Instagram, and Youtube to try and make it happen.
What Is next for me is getting my original material out there, and that is something I plan to do this year 2015.
3 words to describe your musical style?
Thoughts on talent shows like The Voice/ X Factor/ American Idol? Would you ever go on a show like that?
A lot of people tell me I should audition for one of those shows, I might give it a try. I’ve never experienced “television,” I heard it’s a whole different beast. For now it’s a maybe!
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself married and with beautiful children living in a nice house, and living a fruitful life. I see myself having won a couple Grammy’s, been on world tours. I see myself being one of the most respected artists of our generation. I see myself being a giver, spreading love and positivity.
To watch Will using the Studio Series SL600 mic click here