Q&A: Ainslie Wills

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Q&A: Ainslie Wills



Define your genre in five words or less:

Neo – folk – rock.


Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?

Well,in the past I have been compared to artists such as Fiona Apple, P.J. Harvey, Feist, Cat Power and have been told that I can sound a little like Jeff Buckley.. I hope I sound like myself.


What do you love about making music?

I love that you can evoke certain moods through the creation of different combinations of melodies, chords and textures and that through this you can articulate feelings that are often difficult to articulate with words only.


How long have you been gigging and writing?

I started writing songs when I was about 14 and my first public solo gig was in 2001 at little place called Grainery Lane in Ballarat, I studied music there for a couple of years.


What’s the strangest place you’ve ever played a gig, or made a recording?

Early last year myself and my guitarist Lawrence Folvig recorded a song that we co-wrote together called Satellite in a bush fire bunker that was owned my friends mum, it had great natural reverb. I also recorded a song called Liquid Paper in a car park at night where the fluro sensor light kept on going off meaning that most of the time I was in complete darkness….bliss.


Why should everyone come and see your band?

Because we are good at what we do and can actually play our instruments.


What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?

In 2010 I released an EP called Somebody For Everyone which is on iTunes and bandcamp and is available at shows to buy in tangible form. My new single Fighting Kind will also be available via aforementioned sites and at the live shows too.


When are you playing live/releasing your album/EP/single/etc?

I am super excited to be launching my new single Fighting Kind on Saturday May 12 at the Workers Club, Fitzroy. Fighting Kind is a song that is off my debut LP You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine that is to be released in September 2012. The song is about the struggle between who we are and who we want to be and whether or not we can liberate ourselves from the binds we create.