12th May 2019 - 3:00 pm
Will Whisson is a singer / songwriter from the UK. Born in Kent but raised abroad, he eventually returned to England, moving to London for a number of years before deciding to live out of a camper van in order to fully pursue his ambitions of becoming a full-time solo musician and songwriter.
This approach to life has helped him build a profile across 8 different countries in the last year alone winning him many friends since he began his nomadic journey in the summer of 2016.
His original songs incorporate the rootsy sounds of artists like John Butler and Tom Petty while his vocal and expressive guitar playing is reminiscent of more contemporary artists like John Mayer and Ben Howard.
Born out of the breakup of his former band ‘Electric River’, Will is no stranger to the trials and tribulations of the harsh realities of pursuing a serious career in music through a strong work ethic and a DIY attitude.
The band’s one commercial release (‘The Faith & Patience’) was met with critical acclaim from major music magazines and radio, going on to sell thousands of copies. Following numerous nationwide tours and countless festivals across the UK the band eventually went their separate ways at the end of 2015 leaving Will to assess his future as a musician; ultimately leading him to where he is now.
After an initial 2016 summer stint of busking and gigging around mainland Europe, Will introduced himself as an artist in his own right with a debut EP entitled ‘Age of Wonder.’
Naturally centred around themes of embracing change and overcoming periods of uncertainty, the ‘Age of Wonder – EP’ was released on the 12th Sept 2016 and was produced by Brett Shaw (Daughter, Florence and the Machine, Jess Glynne) offering Will the perfect launch pad and a chance for listeners to discover his music.
12 months of touring eventually led to the release of a second EP entitled ‘Nowhere Bound’ which gained further support from fans and critics alike. The music video for the title track was shot immediately after the studio session and saw Will ride a bike over the length of England, raising over £2,000 for Cancer Research in the the process.
With Record of the Day predicting – ‘he’ll be winning lots of new friends with this simply gorgeous blend of organic folk-tinged pop,’ Will continues to appear across Europe over the next year with a sound that is one of optimism, positivity and freedom.
Will now lives in London and is working on his debut album, due for release in 2019.