Will Joseph Cook is a Kent-based pop act. Although he creates wistful tunes, he often has comedic tendencies.
We had a chat with the young man about growing up and his recent videos.
For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about Will Joseph Cook and how you got into music.
When I was young teenager I went to a lot of gigs with my dad. It was almost every other weekend, I became pretty infatuated with what it meant to be an artist and seeing all the different ways people react to music. Having those experiences definitely made me want to write songs and play my own shows.
Describe your sound in three words.
Your wildest dreams.
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
Like most, my dad and older sibling’s records had a big influence on me. Some of the early constants were bands like Eels, Beck, Supergrass, Super Furry Animals, Fatboy Slim… Then as i got a bit older and started buying my own records some of the first were Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Darwin Deez, Calvin Harris, Bright Eyes…
You like starring in your own videos. The video for ‘Girls Like Me’ shows you taking on various different characters, including a few sassy ladies, whilst your new video for ‘Take Me Dancing’ features you dancing around an office.
Where did the idea behind these two videos come from, and were they fun making?
Both were a lot of fun to make for sure. I find that with most ideas they just come into my head randomly. With the last two I have tried to take the titles of the songs and base the idea around to give the track a second meaning.
You’ve just been signed to Atlantic. How does that feel?
Feels great, anything that helps my music reach more people is awesome.
You’ll be playing the first ever Neighbourhood Festival in Manchester on October 8th. Have you got any other shows lined up this year?
I’m playing Reading & Leeds, Y NOT festival, In The Woods and a bunch of other festival dates this summer. Hopefully I will have some headline show announcements in the coming months.
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
I’ve been listening to band called Beatenberg today, not super new but have been enjoying recently. Also the latest Villagers album is great.
Sounds like: Darwiz Deez, Dan Croll