Friday, 8 July 2016

INTERVIEW: Bobby Wills Shares His Fave Fashion Faux-Pas & Talks Country Music!

She's Gone Country had the chance to chat with Alberta-based country singer Bobby Wills!! Bobby, talks about playing at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival this weekend, the moment he knew he was going to pursue music professionally and what inspires his songwriting!

She's Gone Country: It has been a really busy and successful few months for you, what are you most looking forward to this year? 

BW: Getting back in front of the fans! We are going coast-to-coast this summer and I can’t wait!

SGC: Was there a pivotal moment when you knew that you were going to focus on being a musician professionally?      

BW: There are so many of those moments along the way, but I would say the first moment happened when I heard “I’m Over You” by Keith Whitley. I had never heard a song that you could “feel” like that one.  That was probably the first pull towards this crazy business.

SGC: What is it about country music that really speaks to you?

BW: SONGS! I love what they can bring to a day; that they can be there for the party, or for the tears. The song-writing in country music is really what makes it country music to me. There is a lot of talk about what “is” and “isn’t” country these days, but if the lyric is cool, I think that’s the true test.

SGC: What influences your song-writing the most? What inspires you? 

BW: Everyday life. It’s amazing how universal much of what happens to us all is.

SGC: You are playing a lot of big festivals around the country, what are you most looking forward to at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival and hitting up the east coast?

BW: There is something VERY special about playing music on the East Coast, and I hear that Cavendish is that and more! I am extremely excited to experience it firsthand.

SGC: How does playing a big festival show like Cavendish Beach Music Fest, differ from playing your own shows?

BW: Festivals have such a special vibe, it’s hard to explain.  The crowds are so loud and interactive that it’s likely more fun for us than them!

SGC: How does it feel to have such a supportive and thriving country music scene in Canada?

BW: Canadian Country music scene is so strong right now, and it makes it so much easier for artists to grow. I am thankful for the diversity and talent we have here - it drives us all to be better.

SGC: What advice would you give to musicians considering pursuing a career professionally?

BW: The one common thread I see with the successful people in any industry, and especially in the music industry, is people willing to do the work!  I don’t know a single artist that is just “lucky” to be there. It’s practice, sweat and never giving up…  

SGC: You are quite active on social media and regularly reply to fans on Twitter. How important is social media as a tool to connect with your fans?

BW: I really enjoy social media for that reason.  Anytime we get to talk with the fans is time well spent.

SGC: Is there an artist that you would have loved to get a Tweet from when you were a kid?

BW: Garth Brooks would have been (would still be) cool!

SGC: What's on your iPod? Who have you been listening to lately that you think people should check out?

BW: I love the new John Pardi record. It’s a throwback in a lot of ways and very fresh sounding. 

SGC: Is there something that you are obsessed with or addicted to right now? (an app? TV Show? Band? Food? Song? Activity?)

BW: I am hooked on Modern Family and House of Cards these days. Both are so well-written.

SGC: What would you say has been one of the coolest moments/highlights in your career that really made you realize you had chosen the right path for yourself?

BW: So many things along the way, we have been lucky to do some pretty cool stuff.  I would say anytime we get in front of a crowd and they are singing along is always my favorite of all the “moments”. 

SGC: What can people expect from you next?

BW: We have new music coming soon! We like to surprise folks and I am confident the new stuff will do that again.

SGC: And last but not least, is there a question that you have always wanted to be asked, maybe rehearsed your answer in the mirror, and no one has ever asked it? Here's your big chance!

BW: Should socks be allowed with sandals even if you’re a Canadian….The answer of course is NO (this one’s for you Dad).

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