Stereo Stage Media (SSM): How did you first get started with music? Do you come from a musical family?
William: Growing up I was surrounded by music. Both my mother and my father loved music but weren’t musicians or artists. My mom was a huge fan of late 80’s pop/rock. She was always listening to Duran Duran, New Order, The Cure, The Thompson Twins, etc. My dad was really into early 90’s grunge bands like Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden. The mix of these early influences with some of the underground punk and indie bands I was discovering in the 2000’s converge to form the base on which I’ve grown as an artist.
SSM: What was your favorite band growing up as a teenager and why?
William: I had a boat load of favorites. If I had to choose one, I’d probably go with The Cure. The band wrote killer songs that were not only emotive in lyric, melody and vocal delivery but in music composition and production as well. They had the whole package.
SSM: What was the first song you learned to play on the guitar?
William: Actually, as a young aspiring guitarist I never took the time to learn other songs. When I started playing guitar, I immediately began writing my own songs. It was only later that I began studying other songs and structures.
SSM: If you were a unicorn, what color would your mane be?
William: I just asked my daughter, who is a unicorn expert. “Your fur color would be yellow and your mane color would be rainbow painted.” So there you go.
SSM: Having now been solo for a year, how does it compare to what you expected?
William: Its been great. My expectations for myself were to stay true to my vision and see it through in the most honest and genuine way. My new management team has been amazing as well. So far so good, but we’ve got a lot of road ahead of us.
SSM: Is there any chance of a winter/spring tour?
William: Two tours this Fall/Winter were just announced. I will be touring with my old friend Bryce Avery and The Rocket Summer w/ Classic Crime in November. Then in December I’m going out with Never Shout Never. Grab your tickets now, its going to be CRAZY.
SSM: What was the first thing on your mind when you woke up this morning?
William: MMMMMM….. PANCAKES.
SSM: Out of all of the songs you’ve written, which one stands out the most and why?
William: Its impossible to answer that question… If forced to, I’d say any of my latest solo work is what I’m most proud of.
SSM: What color socks are you wearing?
William: They are grey with purple & green argyle.
SSM: If you could take the credit for writing any song in history, which one would you want to be known for?
William: Only the ones I’ve written and earned credit for.
SSM: Do you have any advice for an aspiring singer/songwriter?
William: Focus on your songs first. Content is everything.
SSM: Is there anything else you want to tell your fans?
William: See you on tour! Get your tickets now at www.thewilliambeckettsociety.com
Thank you to anyone who submitted questions for this interview! -Stereo Stage Media