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WECC presents WiL

WECC presents WiL

UMFM Presents

What hap­pens when you com­bine a fiery, sil­ver beard­ed front­man with mad acoustic gui­tar skills and a super skilled & chilled drum­mer? You get the Indie folk out­fit known sim­ply as WiL.

Not one for school, Billy’s youth con­sist­ed of skate­board­ing and hol­ing him­self up lis­ten­ing to music; every­thing from the coun­try twang of Chet Atkins to the rau­cous punk sound of The Sex Pis­tols but It wasn’t until 1998, after hear­ing the fla­grant use of an over­drive ped­al on an acoustic gui­tar in Neu­tral Milk Hotels In an Aero­plane over the Sea’, that he real­ly start­ed refin­ing and defin­ing his sound and play­ing style, one that would cap­ture the atten­tion of label execs in 2003. Sign­ing to EMI short­ly after saw the re-release of his debut indie album Both Hands launch­ing his career as a song­writer and tour­ing musi­cian yet it wasn’t until the release of an inter­na­tion­al tourism cam­paign by Trav­el Alber­ta that WiL’s music found a broad­er audi­ence. His song Roam’ instant­ly res­onat­ed with lis­ten­ers across the globe and has become a stand­out sig­na­ture track. 

WiL is per­haps known best for per­form­ing with his long time drum­mer Kei­th Gal­lant but some­times adds an accom­pa­ny­ing musi­cian when the occa­sion presents itself. Whether, duo, trio or more, WiL mes­mer­izes lis­ten­ers with his unusu­al strum­ming tech­nique while cre­at­ing lush, fat and full acoustic gui­tar sounds that have become sig­na­ture to the live expe­ri­ence’. It has tak­en the bet­ter part 20 years to get there and he’s still not done. Fas­tid­i­ous. Yes. Metic­u­lous. Yes. A.D.D.?? Prob­a­bly, but it’s pre­cise­ly this that has land­ed him some pret­ty cool gigs. Stand­outs include open­ing for soul leg­end Mavis Sta­ples, Cana­di­an Indie dar­ling, Feist and one of his music heroes, Ray LaMontagne. 

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