How I’ve come to Love Thursdays.
This is the day I get to introduce you to soo many cool and interesting artists.
And today I have the Huge pleasure to bring you William Bates!
Thank you William for joining us today.
How old were you when you picked up your first instrument, and do you play the
same one to this date or have you added more instruments to your collection?
I was about 10 when I got my first guitar. It was one of those cheap acoustics with the action about a foot above the fret board it was hard to play and your hands got strong pretty quick. I moved on to a Silvertone electric guitar and with a Mel Bay chord book I began to learn how to play. I still have that Silvertone but I have added quite a few guitars to my collection:Including Fender Telecasters and Stratocasters; a Danelectro 12 string; a Epiphone Casino and my Gibson J45 and Charvel 625 acoustics. I have a Rickenbacker 4003 bass and an Epiphone Viola. I also have a Rickenbacker 360/12 which really helps when you wish to do a bit of Jangle Pop. I have a Gretsch Drum Kit and also a Yamaha Midi Keyboard. And don’t forget my Fender Mandolin and my Squier Baritone. And the Fender Dhani Harrison uke and my Vox AC10 and AC15 guitar amps and an Ampeg
Who was your biggest artistic inspiration growing up?
This is cliché time I suppose but a cliché is just magnified truth is it not?) Thus, The Beatles, Brian Wilson, The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Bob Dylan, many others. But if I had to choose just one it would be THE BEATLES with Brian Wilson running a very close second. I always wanted to be a songwriter and who best to try and learn that craft from than Lennon-McCartney and George Harrison and Brian Wilson.) I also loved such things as Copeland’s Appalachian Spring and Bernstein’s West Side Story as well, so many things that make you who you are.
What are you currently working on and what are your plans for the future?
I just completed two songs with a wonderful lyricist. about a theme that runs through both songs. The theme involves the attraction and often realized heartbreak of romantic love. I have always written my own lyrics so this was something unique for me and it turned out really well. I played all the instruments and sang and produced..the ole one man band routine… I am in the process of submitting this work to various internet radio stations and for reviews. I am hoping that in addition to the two songs we completed we could compose 3-4 more for an EP. I have my own small recording studio so I seem to be constantly writing new material and checking out new sounds and new means of production. For several years a fantastic drummer, and I have recorded many songs together. I have written two song cycles (a collection of songs dealing with the same theme and story) about my hometown, and I am also working on marketing both. One of the things I really want to do is to hire a marketing person and management to help me “get the word out” about my many creative endeavors. I have the resources to do so yet I have found it is hard to find someone you can truly trust especially in the cyberworld.
What is the one thing you would like to tell your fans?
The main thing would be a big Thank You. I believe that an artist must be truly
humble and express gratitude for the good things that come their way and particularly in regard to their fan base
What is the one thing you would like the Music Industry to know?
The music industry is in a time of great transition. Social Media and the wider internet have been both a gift and a curse. The ease to which one can place their music on different platforms is a plus. Yet it is all about the playlist not the album. One strives to get one song on a popular playlist. As a result, it is almost impossible to make a living being a recording musician/songwriter. Little royalties are paid and quality music gets lost in the tsunami of songs, singers, bands,etc. Therefore it would be so good if we could get back to the place where record
companies truly supported the artists on their roster. Its gone from indie labels with often little promotional funds to the musicians trying to do everything on their own. And the only means of making money is through live performance. Something needs to be done in this regard, perhaps through a meeting of the minds of record companies and other industry people to seriously address the issues I have stated. It is above my pay grade. I will continue to create music because that is what I do and it brings me a sense of accomplishment and fun.
And Good Luck to all my fellow songwriters and musicians out there seeking success.
That was my more than interesting chat with William Bates, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!