Will Dailey Blog: Part 1
Join WERS in welcoming the Artist’s voice to WERS.org. Will Dailey shares his views on the state of music distribution and what he plans to do to stand out as an emerging artist. Dailey will play at WERS’ 60th Anniversary Celebration on March 15th, alongside performances from Pete Yorn, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Ryan Montbleau.
The views expressed in this feature belong to Will Dailey, and do not necessarily reflect the views of WERS.
Will Dailey Blog: Part 1: Torrent Volume 1
Fashion of Distraction And The Simple Power of Asking
3 | 11 | 2009
My first Volume is a meditation. So many things influence us all, but when I sat back and thought of the songs that were eagerly jumping to get out of my brain I noticed a sound. It was just a whisper and it even took me a minute to recognize it but when I did it made so much sense.
In high school I picked up a job for a sound company that was working a big festival on the hatch shell in Boston. My job was simple; make sure nothing falls down on stage. So basically my responsibility was to sit on the stage and watch the show. I don’t remember any of the acts except for one, Roger McGuinn. I recognized the songs but knew little of the man. After the set he tipped his hat to me as he walked off stage. I was hooked.
The Byrds album Sweet Heart of the Rodeo is one of those albums that, if I ever get around to doing that facebook top albums thing, is in my lifetime album list. When I thought of songs from Vol. 1 like “Keep You A Mystery”, “So Many Wrong Ways” and “Peace of Mind” I could not so much hear the influence as I could feel myself gravitating to the production and arrangement of that record. Next thing I know Roger McGuinn is playing on “Peace of Mind” (This is due to the simple power of asking. Example: You have something you want of someone, just sincerely tell them the truth: that they helped foster your childhood dreams of rock and roll and that your song would not be complete without them. Works every time.)
The Byrds is my underlying focus for Fashion of Distraction. It is my Roger McGuinn influence. Which is also my Tom Petty influence (“Never Be Your Baby”). Which is also my dreamy folk influence (“Allston”). Allston is my hometown influence but I will save that for volume 2.
Vol. 1: Fashion of Distraction was released digitally January 20th
Vol. 2: By The Blue Hills was released digitally March 17th
Vol. 1 & 2 CD/DVD Combo with bonus tracks will be in stores and online April 28th
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