Interview: "Still Thinking 'Bout You" by William Wassinger
Q: ‘Still Thinking 'Bout You’ is such an amazing track! What is the story behind this song?
William: This song is about the one that got away. A feeling of longing for someone and recreating the love that you once felt for another person.
Q: What first got you into music?
William: I had a hard time in school and it never felt like it was a place I was supposed to be. But around the age of 13, I made a friend who played the guitar and I was so intrigued by it that I also started playing the guitar immediately after. Before that, I had been singing for a while but only at home, singing along to what was playing. Later on I started practicing both professionally.
Q: I listened to your new album “In the Middle of it All” front to back and I can’t get enough! What inspired you to create this record?
William: All the songs I wrote during this time, were born from the experience of my turbulent childhood and broken relationships. The universe of “In The Middle Of It All” took shape in my heart when I wanted to change my life and managed to do so through the honesty of my songwriting. It was the writing and composing journey that led me to face the truth, embrace all the hardship, and create an authentic life. In the 10th, and last, song of the album, which carries the same name as the album, I round off the entire story, all based on true events and emotions, in a six minutes long ballad - a chronological tale of all the love and pain he felt throughout my life, culminating in the present, where I have learnt not to run away from it, but to live “In The Middle Of It All”.
Q: If you could only pick one song, which track would you pick off your new album to introduce someone to your music and sound?
William: It would definitely be "Am I Holding You Back" as it shows all the parts of my songwriting: Honesty, intensity, storytelling and strong vocals.
Q: Who are some of your biggest inspirations?
William: In the beginning I was inspired mostly by an unusual combination of Ed Sheeran's first album "+" and a bunch of old Johnny Cash records. Ed's first album was everywhere in Denmark at that time and like many others, the melodies and the amazing guitar compositions was something to learn from. My experience with Johnny Cash came from me and my friend watching one of my favorite movies "Walk The Line" for the first time. We thought he was the coolest guy ever and we immediately fell in love with the melancholy in his voice and the sound of the old 50's acoustic guitar. Later on, my musical journey has widened to a whole lot of other artists and genres throughout the 2010's and till' now. Artists like: Hozier, Adele, Coldplay, John Mayer, Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder, Jeff Buckley, Harry Styles, The Tallest Man On Earth, FINNEAS and many more.
Q: I can’t wait to see what you do in the future! What can we expect next?
William: I'm going to the US for three months to play concerts and network with people in the industry. Also, we just started working on what is going to be the next album. I can't say too much about it yet, other than it's going to be bigger and something else, since we're experimenting with new instruments and compositions. Also, we have a bulletproof hit song coming out sometime when it's warmer :)
Written By Sarah Curry