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From Something Corporate to Being a Solo Artist: Interview with William Tell
If you wouldn’t be playing music to this day, what do you think you would be doing?
William: “Tough question. Well, I wanted to be a pilot when I was a kid so, maybe I would be flying planes. Ha, I doubt it though. I honestly have no idea. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”
Do you miss playing in Something Corporate? Speaking of Something Corporate, what was one of your favorite songs to play when you were with them?
William: “Sometimes I miss it. We had some great times, and I don’t get to see the guys as much as I used to because we’re all so busy doing other stuff; but I think we all are happy with what we are doing now where we are at. Favorite track? It changed almost nightly. Just like my favorite songs I listen to change with the circumstances in my life so do my favorite songs to play.”
Is there any chance that you’ll be in a Jack’s Mannequin track in the future helping out Andrew like he did with one of your songs?
William: “Sure, if Andrew asks, of course I would.”
What is the trick to writing a really good song?
William: “Hmm, I have no idea! I’ll always be trying to figure that out.”
What do you do whenever you have a serious case of Writer’s Block and can’t finish a song? Do you throw it away and start over later or do you just keep working at it in hope that someday it will be finished?
William: “Sometimes I throw them away, but that’s only if I can’t finish it because I don’t like it. Most of the time I just keep playing the part that I do have over and over until another part just comes out. Sometimes that takes 5 or 10 minutes, sometimes it takes months.”
How would you describe the first song you ever wrote?
Speaking of the first song you ever wrote, what was it called, what was it about, and how would you rate it on a scale of 1-10 (1 being the worst, 10 being the best)?
William: “It was called ‘Your Eyes,’ and it was about some girl’s eyes. I would rate it a 1, well, maybe a 2 ‘cause it was my first so it’ll always hold a special place with me.”
Okay, these questions should be relatively easy for you to answer. Favorite song?
William: “No idea, too many.”
William: “Beatles, but that’s too easy; there are lots and lots of others.”
William: “To play: guitar. To hear played well: rhodes.”
William: “Blue, green, and red.”
William: “Water with lemon, or an orange soda sometimes.”
William: “Southern California.”