Interview - Will Soma

Will Soma is an Australian singer/songwriter from Sydney. Although he appreciates a broad range of genres and enjoys listening to those having a tale to tell, his musical tastes were shaped in the age of 90's rock and grunge.

- Welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Days are Long.
Days are long is my first release. It was written to explore the empty feelings around a break up and that even though we know that the feeling won't last forever, the hurt is real. We need to pick ourselves up, learn from the experience

- How would you describe your sound?
There's a strong hint of 90's rock in most of my work to date. I love simple powerful music that relies on guitars, a solid rhythm and an honest message. I always write my songs on an acoustic guitar to make sure the raw version captures the essence of the song, before layering on drums, bass and more guitars to bring it to life. Having been a fan of Keats' poetry when I was young, there is a strong theme of exploring the relationship between Joy and Melancholy.

- What do you write about?
My life experiences. I struggle to write about things that I haven't felt. I almost find the process therapeutic and I like seeing the positive out of every situation, no matter how bad it is and how hard it is to find.

- What do you listen to when you are home?

My music taste is pretty broad and really depends on my mood. My "go to" artists or bands are Chris Cornell, The Beatles and Pearl Jam or really anything in that space. I can also find myself listening to Amy Shark, Dean Lewis and Post Malone on any given day. It doesn't take much for me to start to get into a different sort of music. There is some seriously impressive talent out there so I enjoy hitting shuffle on a new playlist and finding new songs.

- Your favourite live performance so far?
This has to be my first gig as a solo artist. There's nothing to test yourself like being completely responsible for the success or failure of the set. I try to bring something different to each gig, like a new sound and new songs.

- Your favourite albums?

Pearl Jam - Vs, Ten and Vitalogy
Nirvana - In Utero
Soundgarden - Down on the upside
Bastille - All this Bad BLood
Panic at the Disco - I write sins not tragedies

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Chris Cornell - the guy was a god and just an absolute genius.

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
Honesty from everyone. I feel like writing music is a deeply personal thing, but feedback on the delivery is important and helps me continually develop.

- What are your plans for the near future?
I've got some more songs coming out in the next few months but as long as I am making music that I enjoy, and playing at places where the audience is enjoying my music, I am happy.
Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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