Will Buck is everything you love about the independent music scene. We caught up with the talented artist to learn more about his latest moves and recent days in the studio.
What have you been up to in 2019?
2019 was a big year for me as I debuted my first single, first EP, first music video and first tour as a solo artist. I'd been playing in bands for over a decade which was killer but the moment I announced myself as a solo artist things just exploded! I think I had all this pent up energy, musical ideas and admittedly some pain that just started pouring out of me when I finally made the call to go for it as an alternative singer-songwriter. I hit the ground running this year and I feel so lucky to have people supporting, listening and joining in my charge.
Please tell us about your recent time in the studio.
Oh man it was amazing. I went to Ultrasound Studio's in Downtown LA where you walk down a bustling alleyway through an unassuming kebab shop, take an old rickety elevator up five floors and bang you come out in this electrifying loft of vintage studio heaven! There are relics of old rock stars hanging everywhere and probably some spirits of them hanging around to ha! I was so lucky to work with producer Samuel Shae for this single who'd just gotten off the road with his band Warbly Jets. They tour all over the world and had just finished a US run with Rival Sons and Stone Temple Pilots so I snagged him for a few days in the studio and we just had a blast! This song is a new direction for me - one that brings in more of an edgy dance vibe so I knew I needed someone with rock roots who likes to push the boundaries of the genre and explore new sounds. I very much enjoyed taking a back seat at times and letting Sam go down a mad scientist rabbit hole. Even moments when I wasn't quite sure what he was chasing - he'd always come out of it with something unreal and most definitely something I wouldn't have come up with on my own. It was just what the song needed!
How do you find the time to have fun, cut lose and enjoy life?
Well, first off I'll say that touring, recording and creating is fun! Of course there is an immense amount of time, energy and tireless work that goes into making those things possible but that's what I love to do. Otherwise, I build in time where I can to enjoy life. For example if I'm on tour in Colorado - I'll do my best to hit the mountains and go snowboarding or mountain biking. If I'm on tour in Texas, you better believe I'm looking for a new pair of cowboy boots and If I'm on the east coast it's all about New England clam chowder, Maryland blue crabs and New York vintage shops. I've found if you don't make time to do these things all you see is the highway, the inside of a bar and your hotel room - that's not too great for your psyche or your body for that matter! And of course there is family, friends and loved ones. You have to make time for them no matter where they are and be with the people who bring out the best in you.
When we follow our dreams in life, there are sacrifices. What do you find to be the greatest sacrifices and the greatest gifts of your career so far?
Yes this is very true. Good question. I'll say this - the one year I almost gave up on music was the worst year of my entire life and I found out just how high the cost is of quietly ignoring your dreams versus actually living them out based off of fear and some so called societal pressures. With that being said, one of the greatest sacrifices is security. You have to give up your safety net. You aren't promised financial, occupatinal or in a lot of ways emotional security. Our society isn't really set up for artists so things like health care, steady paychecks, insurance or any sort of normal schedule aren't readily available to you. You don't have a resume that you can send out when one project fails and you need a new one - there are no employers. No matter how talented you are it doesn't really make a difference unless you can find your own avenues to reach people when you express them. There are almost always going to be people who don't think what you do is valuable or of any real substance to the human race however, you have to ignore these people especially the ones who want to talk about the odds against you and how hard it is to "make it" as an artist. That's not the point. The point in my opinion at least is to live a life creating your art that people resonate with and experience which in turn provides all of the greatest gifts of the career!
Plans moving into 2020?
I'm going to be putting out my new single "Thief in the Night" at the top of 2020, hitting the road, recording some acoustic/stripped down songs and looking to put out another EP. I'm also super excited to start teaming up with some brands and non-profits to connect with more listeners, messages and missions that I care about!
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Thank you for your time and wishing you all the best with your musical career.
Thank you!! Y'all are awesome and I appreciate you supporting independent artists so much!