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, SuperFurryAnimals, FatboySlim… Then as i got a bit older and started buying my own records some of the first were VampireWeekend, MGMT, DarwinDeez, CalvinHarris, BrightEyes…
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.
Sometimes you listen to a song, and it instantly takes you. This seems to be a frequent occurrence whilst listening to any song by the female duo-led Lucius (aka Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig).
Lucius have yet again ramped it up on their new release called ‘Madness’; the second track off their new album ‘Good Grief’, which is out on 11 March via Play It Again Sam. It has a greater level of maturity than previous releases, and we adore the new addition of strings, reminiscent of Roxette‘s ‘Wish I Could Fly’)
The album has been co-produced with Shawn Everett (Weezer, The Alabama Shakes) and Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss, Pink Floyd), and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele and Beck).
Of Good Grief, vocalist Jess Wolfe says, “When we started writing for this record, we had been away from home for nearly two years. We had just returned from tour, having gone through such varied emotions—loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfillment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives…Whenever one of us had an idea or a feeling, the other was already a witness to it and could help navigate through it—for the two of us, this usually came in song form.” Vocalist Holly Laessig adds, “…When considering titles, we wanted to be sure to acknowledge any serious subject matter, while simultaneously allowing ourselves a comic sigh of relief from any personal turmoil. Ha! The yin and yang of the record naturally unveiled itself and, so, Good Grief.”
Full European tour dates
5/4 The Academy, Dublin
6/4 Gorilla, Manchester
8/4 Arts School, Glasgow
9/4 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
10/4 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
11/4 Thekla, Bristol
13/4 KOKO, London
14/4 La Maroquinerie, Paris
16/4 Botanique, Brussels
19/4 Melkweg, Amsterdam
20/4 Prinzenbar, Hamburg
21/4 Privateclub, Berlin
22/4 Strom, Munich
‘Madness’ is an instant grat. when you pre-prder the album on iTunes.
And for the record, we think Lucius have it completely figured out.
Sounds like: Goldfrapp, Scissor Sisters, Fleetwood Mac, First Aid Kit, The Carpenters, HAIM, Wet, Roxette
Chelsea Effect is a new band project founded by Canadian born artist, Emerald Isabella. The project is named after the effect the legendary Hotel Chelsea in New York City had on pop culture in the 1960’s.
The vocals on her debut single, ‘Good Enough’ reminds us of an early Ellie Goulding, but with a modern twist thanks to the wobbling electronic beats.
The track was co-written and produced by Bram Inscore (Beck, Troye Sivan, Twin Shadow) and mixed by Andrew Maury (RAC, Lewis Del Mar).