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INTERVIEW: Will Buck

Thank you for your time today.  Please share with our readers the latest news of Will Buck. 

Hey awesome! Thanks for having me on. I just finished recording a new single that I’m super stoked about and I’m planning a tour around that in early 2020!

What have been your greatest highlights in 2019?

2019 was such a special year for me as I released my first single, music video and debut EP. When I turned things around and announced myself as a solo artist in 2018, I had to lock myself away and put some serious work in to make sure I could live up to the challenge. So after months of serious vocal coaching, self produced demos and hours of performing to no one in my living room, 2019 was the year I got to actually put things together and share what I’d been working on. My biggest highlights would be – releasing my first single of a song I’d had on my mind for over five years, shooting a 4 day music video with one of my best friends as the director, recording my first EP in New York City and whitewater rafting one of the best rivers in the country at a music festival I was playing in Buena Vista, CO.

Where are you headed for 2020? 

I’m putting out a new single called “Thief in the Night” at the top of the year and I’m launching off on an east coast and west coast tour shortly after! I’ve got another EP in the works and I’m going to hit some festivals this summer.

Please tell us about your recent time in the studio and the musical team you are currently working with. 

Ah it was incredible! I went to Ultrasound Studios in Downtown LA to record “Thief in the Night” with producer Samuel Shae of Warbly Jets. The studio is a hideaway loft above a kebab shop right in the heart of the city. Sam knows that place like the back of his hand so when he got off the road with Rival Sons and Stone Temple Pilots, I stole him for a couple days. One of the wildest things we did was record a backing vocal on the chorus with an old army michrophone running through a tiny vintage amp in the echo chamber room. It quite literally is an “echo chamber” with really tall ceilings, marble walls and tile everywhere. You have to run the mic cables through actual holes in the wall between 2 different rooms just to get there. It’s hard not to feel creative in a room with so much character and Sam brought the producers edge I needed. He also let me use his bands drummer for a day. That guys rips! I brought in my main man Wyatt Strassner on some guitar and vocals as well. He’s a ninja! In terms of behind the scenes team members, Bsquared Management is kicking ass for me right now and they’re going to be helping me with the release of the song.

What have been some of your greatest LIVE performances? 

One of my favorite live performances ever was closing down the second stage on Friday night of Joshua Tree Music Festival (fall festival) a few years back. I remember the owner and promoter of the festival came out and said, “okay guys I’m not really sure the crowd knows whats coming to them right now… but that’s a good thing. It’s been a lot of chilled out experimental music today so I want you to just go out and hit them over the head with it!”. We said okay and the crowd went absolutely berserk! It felt like four thousand people had been waiting a lifetime to hear some rock and roll music in the desert and just lose their shit! I honestly thought they weren’t going to let us leave the stage. I’ll never forget that.

What have been some of your greatest experiences at concerts as a spectator? 

Oh wow great question! Too many to name so I’ll do first and last. I’m from a small town in Maryland where very few bands came through but I’ll never forget the first time I saw The Wailers when I was 16. Of course Bob wasn’t with them at that point but it was just unbelievable to see the way they moved the crowd. When the bass hit my chest with all of the instruments perfectly intertwined over the top, I felt like I was swimming underwater through the sounds. Everything went into slow motion and I was transfixed the entire show. I was mesmerized by how dense the music was with each melody or support part sitting in its own perfect little pocket. I think that was the moment I realized the power of “the groove” and how heavy it can hit when done right.

The last concert I went to that really blew me away was Rival Sons at The Wiltern here in LA a few weeks ago. I was fortunate enough to open up for them in my previous band back in 2011 and I’ve been following them ever since. Quite contrary to The Wailers show these guys proved just how much you can do with four instruments and a voice. It’s got all of the things you love about rock and roll with none of the ego and all the soul. Each one of them is so unbelievably talented at their instrument and role in the band that you feel humbled just watching. Most importantly you can tell how connected they are to the music and the crowd at that particular moment. Its unique as they do some improvisation on top of all the heart they’re already putting in. They played for almost two hours and it was a great reminder amongst other things to really give it your all and leave everything on the stage every time. I just heard they’re up for two Grammys this year which is well deserved and even more inspiring.

Who were your musical heroes growing up? 

I was completely obsessed with Jimi Hendrix by sixth grade with a giant poster of him on my wall and a hand me down knock off Stratocaster guitar that I was attempting to learn his songs on. I was also pretty enamored by Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers and of course Led Zeppelin. Then I heard Stevie Ray Vaughan for the first time and must’ve watched his double disc live at Montreux set like a hundred times. His guitar playing sounded almost impossible so I guess I was watching it for evidence or something. Like is this for real? A human can sound like that? I wanna do that! Soon after I was stealing my older brothers CDs so I came across Nirvana, Sublime and Rage Against The Machine – thats when the edge and rebellion started to set in.

Where can we follow you on line? 

You can check me out here:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/willsbuck/

FB: https://m.facebook.com/willsbuck/

YouTube: https://youtu.be/UtBzz_Hkwbs

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/509OV27uMsKgVry3SaNjSR?si=kZAVymVhRpKQqjDDX3vT7A

Anything else you would like to share with our readers?   

I’d like to thank everyone who still believes in love and rock and roll music. We have a voice and a new generation to tell the story of what we experience and go through in these times so please connect with me or anyone in the community however you can! Thanks again for having me on and supporting my musical journey – y’all are awesome!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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