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Interview with William Control!!

Oh wow is this a bucket list one for me! I've been a fan of William Control for several years, and I'm absolutely thrilled that he agreed to do an interview! Some of his answers genuinely surprised me! If you haven't checked out his latest album, "Sex Cult", make sure you go give it a listen. It's fantastic!

Q: How old were you when you made your first song?

A: I think I was maybe 12. I had been playing guitar for about a year and a half at that point. I don’t remember what it was about and there was no way for me to record it on my own back in the mid nineties but I’m sure it was terrible. Q: Do you have any plans to tour?

A: As of right now I don’t. Q: How has the reception for your new album been?

A: Surprisingly well. Usually I get a lot more hate when I release an album. This time there was hardly any negative comments. So I guess people love it! Q: How did you decide when the time was right to release it?

A: I don’t think there ever is a “right” time to release a record. Life is an endless series of peaks and valleys. I had that album in my head and my heart for a number of years and it was just time to let it out. Q: What does your song writing process look like?

A: Hmmm it’s really different with each song. Sometimes the whole composition comes to me at night and I’ll get it fleshed out pretty easily. Sometimes I languish on a line or a melody for weeks on end. I have a book of poems and lyrics I can draw from and can use those along with the songs that play in my head to put it together like a puzzle. Song writing is strange. Like building a little house in your head. Q: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?

A: Johnny cash. Elvis Presley. Frank Sinatra. Sam Cooke, Joy division. New order, Depeche Mode, misfits and Nirvana.

Q: If you could pick one of your songs for a potential new fan to hear, which one would you pick?

A: Baptized Q: I feel like your production and everything has grown and your sound has really developed since you first started out as William Control. Do you agree that this is true? If so, do you think you’d ever remaster previous albums?

A: I absolutely agree with that. I didn’t know what I was doing sonically with this stuff in the beginning. I wrote and recorded it like I did with Aiden. Mainly with live instruments. The electronic synth stuff came with much experimentation and many years of experience. Q: Is there anything you want to tell your fans who might read this?

A: Thank you for the love and the support from day one. Q: If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?

A :No dressing. Because I’m savory enough.

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