An Interview With Will Daily

Date: Monday July 6, 2009
Posted in: giveaways,interviews,music

A few weeks ago Will Dailey was featured on the Daily Grommet and I gave away his CD. His lovely PR rep (Hi Zoe!) contacted me and asked if I wanted to interview him, so I threw it out to my readers.

Here’s the email I sent Will, followed by his answers:


Hi Will!

I first need to confess that I hadn’t listened to your music until I heard of you through The Daily Gromment. You make the style of music that I have been loving lately, so I was instantly smitten (With the music; I’m married. Yo.)

I was flattered when I was asked if I wanted to interview you because, well, I’ve never done this before. While I love to listen to music, I cannot play a single instrument to save my life. I have a decent singing voice, but nothing worth recording (Unless it gets caught in the crossfire while taking videos of my kids).

Seeing as I am a newbie to interviewing musicians, I did what any blogger would do: I threw it out to my readers via Twitter and my website and asked them what I should ask you. The questions they fired back at me are varied and mostly questions that I would love to know the answers to.

Here goes!


Who would you collaborate with if you could choose anyone – dead or alive?

Michael Jackson.

Who are you inspired by?

Inspiration is unavoidable. I find myself inspired by horrible people just as much as inspirational people. Though each elicits a different response.

My musical influence is hard to pin down and is always evolving but right now it is revolving around Stevie Nicks. It could be Fugazi by next week.

What’s currently playing on your ipod?

I just got a copy of these lost Nick Drake covers by Elton John that I can’t get away from.

How did you get started out in this industry?

One gig at time really. I have to attribute a lot of the “industry” initiation to Billy Zero formally of XM radio. He got a copy of my first album, Goodbyeredbullet and started spinning it like crazy and talking it up on blogs and emails. Calls started pouring in after that.

Do you write all of your own lyrics/music. Is so, do you find the process to be easy or difficult for you?

I do. Depending on what kind of day, week or month I am having I always find it in different ways. There have been times of struggle but they always yield new paths.

Also long as I enjoy the end result it will always be enjoyable, cathartic and an adventure into things I can’t explain by typing.

What instruments do you play?

Guitar is my main instrument but I also play Ukulele, piano, mandolin and I breath through a harmonica sometimes.

What other interests do you pursue in life other than music? Do I like video games (That was from a reader’s kids)?

Ha. Lots of things. I like rock climbing and non fiction the most right now. As far as video games go I am addicted to word games so if they are online I am screwed. But I tend to enjoy myself most making music or being outside. If I got a video game system I would not have a life because I have a hard time not finishing what I start. My friends with video games hate it when I come over.

Boxers, briefs or commando?

Depends on the occasion.

What is your favorite thing about social media? Do you twitter? Or is social media just something you have to do?

I go back and forth on it. I find it fascinating and sometimes fun. Someday I indulge with joy and sometimes I think we are destroying true communication. You have to think there was a whole generation of people that cursed the telephone as the end of culture. Then I start thinking that there was a whole generation of people who cursed the written word and printing.

Why this album? What’s the story you want to leave behind?

Torrent is a way for me to fit my natural writing schedule into my recording schedule. Putting out an album every two years isn’t fun or satisfying to me.

With Torrent I get to release these EPs every 3-4 months and keep it flowing.

I get to put songs together in concise packages: Fashion of Distraction features Roger McGuinn and a lot of my Byrds influence & By The Blue Hills features a lot o my friends from Boston and songs influence by my home town. And fans get to come along for the ride. I have no end date for my Torrent series yet.


Thanks Will! If you guys want to stalk Will on Twitter, you can find him here.

Zoe is also sending me one of Will’s CD’s, but since I already have his album on my iPod I’m giving it away. All you have to do is leave a comment if you want to enter. You want this album. Trust me.


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I trust you. Great interview!

Comment by witchypoo on July 7th, 2009 @ 4:12 am

Great interview! I have to ask though…was this before or after Michael Jackson’s passing? I figure before (based on the fact that you say a few weeks ago and I have no concept of time as to when you first mentioned this). It is kind of creepy either way. :)

Comment by Amanda on July 7th, 2009 @ 5:53 am

pick me pick me

Comment by i.e. on July 7th, 2009 @ 7:13 am

Thanks for posting this interview! I want to win a cd.. :)

Comment by K on July 7th, 2009 @ 8:36 am

“I find myself inspired by horrible people just as much as inspirational people.”

So true. I love good music! My favourite thing is listening to a song and thinking, “So and so NEEDS to hear this.” Something about expressing feelings through song is so much more effective.

Comment by Shelly on July 7th, 2009 @ 9:55 am

the fact that he would collaborate with Michael Jackson makes me love him even more!

Comment by hillary on July 7th, 2009 @ 10:27 am

I’m always up for free stuff, especially when it’s music! :) I’ve heard bits and pieces of his album, and love what I’ve heard so far.

Comment by Sharon on July 7th, 2009 @ 10:34 am

I’m such a sucker for some harmonica breathing.

Comment by Kerri Anne on July 7th, 2009 @ 10:55 am

Very cool. I love being “introduced” to new music.

Comment by Rhoni Renee on July 7th, 2009 @ 11:07 am

I am always up for new music. Thank you for offering it out to all of us.

Comment by Nadine on July 7th, 2009 @ 12:16 pm

Hi Angella, Don’t enter me in the giveaway…that would not be fair since I am from Daily Grommet! But I wanted to thank you for mentioning us, and for doing such a great job with this interview. I cracked up about the smitten but I am married comment.

If people would like to see a video of Will chatting about his music, and playing/singing a couple tunes, here it is:

Comment by Jules Pieriq on July 7th, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

I’m up for something new. Will’s interview responses were sweet.

Comment by Jenn Bo on July 7th, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

great interview – thanks for sharing new music!

we have two dogs named after madnolin players – it’s obvious we love music :)

Comment by Jilian on July 7th, 2009 @ 2:12 pm

i love contests…count me in!

Comment by joyce on July 7th, 2009 @ 4:15 pm

Great interview! He sounds like a very down-to-earth type guy. I would love a copy of his cd.

Comment by Tamara on July 8th, 2009 @ 2:58 pm

I LOVE this guy! And I reeeealllly want this CD :)

Comment by Karen on July 10th, 2009 @ 12:59 am



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