The new album titled "Flow" is finally finished! Six months of hard work writing, tracking, mixing and assembling the 8 songs. The band worked hard on this effort and spent many hours arranging, recording and mixing the material. This work is never easy, especially when you do all the heavy lifting in your own studio. A real challenge but rewarding knowing that you are responsible for the entire creative process. Scary, for sure and not for everyone. The songs themselves are are an evolution of the "Ghost Town" offerings. Many of the same influences, Pop, Ska, Rock and some Blue Eyed Soul. Maybe a bit more production applied as well. The studio was growing during the process, so there is some reflection of that on the songs as well. Flow should be available for digital download (iTunes, CDBaby, etc..) around mid March. CDs will be available later in the month. We will keep everyone posted on the exact dates. WHW would like too thank everybody for the continued support. Cheers!!
WHW has been working hard on the upcoming release. Still tracking and mixing songs in the studio. Going to be a nice transition from the "Ghost Town" release with some familiar sounds and grooves and a few surprises. Shooting for an early 2016 release and release party!
A couple of upcoming WHW Gigs! Excited about playing at the West End Trading Company in Sanford on 9/12, hitting the stage around 8:40. It will be a full night of original music from several bands including WHW. Also playing both days at the inaugural Daytonapalooza on October 2nd and 3rd. Phil always puts on a great show and this should be no exception.
Great day hosting the Chrome Stage @ the recent Daytona Main Street Live Festival. A long day setting up and running the stage for 10 bands but was a great experience. Thanks again to everyone who came out (you know who you are.. LOL) and to Phil and his staff for making these great SSA.cc events happen. Some great bands with a wide swath of styles including Orlando's "Tiger Fawn" and "We could be Heroes". Way to go O-town, nice to see "indie" expand a bit beyond the folk scene..
Finally got the YouTube channel up and running. Starting out with a few clips from the Deladapalooza festival this April. Had a 4:00 slot on the main stage which happened to line up with a video production guy from Bad Boy Media who was recording another previous act. Only a couple songs have B camera angles but still is a nice 720 DVD quality recording. Breakdown, Overload is up now. More to follow!
Check out the excellent album review by Kat Coffin of the examiner.com. The article does a great job describing the WHW sound and song writing approach. Kat really captures via her descriptive narrative each song's unique character and brings to conclusion the sum of the parts theme to the release. Good stuff and thanks a bunch from your fans WHW!!
You can find the review here..
Has W.H. Willie gone mad!! No way mon, the band always envisioned "Livin' in a Ghost Town" as a Dub Style Reggae rave up. Big props to Rafijah Siano who came all the way from Tampa to throw down some jamming Shaggy style flow. I can tell you it was an experience seeing him bust this out real-time with Dave Mikeal at the helm. Ive got some video somewhere and will put it up later. Check Rafijah out on facebook, Reverbnation and youtube for more of his work! Dave Mikeal took the core song and mixed in Dub style beats on top of Scottie man's drum tracks, also created a few new bass lines to match the Dub style. Throw in a bit of auto tune on Robin's (Lil Kracker.. LoL) vocals and add a synth worm in the verses and break.. Have to say it was fun and really makes the song pop. Love how the original song morphs from a story on the early new wave Reggae influence to a social commentary and how music brings people together, all about the Ghost Town. Life is short so be different and turn it up. Hit us up on Reverbnation and enjoy.
W.H.W. Had a great time playing at the Restore the Music Festival this weekend. It was awesome milling about with the other bands playing at the main Bo Diddly stage. A big shout out to all the WHW fans who made it there, some as far as Tampa. You are the best! Also kudos to kdpromo and Shoutbox radio for promoting and sponsoring the event. We even got to do a live band interview on Shoutbox Radio. Check out Shoutbox.com for streaming Who Hit Willie songs plays in the upcoming weeks. As the blog title indicates, we actually won the best Pop/Rock album award. What a nice surprise and keeps us motivated to create the music we believe in.
Hope to see everyone at Dexters in Winter Park on March 21st.
It's festival time in Florida and WHW is supporting 3 of the events this year. Another great opportunity to showcase the "Ghost Town" album and interact with the growing local music community. Many other WHW friends are playing at these events as well including The Actomatics and Beemo. 100+ bands at each event that run all day in their respective downtown centers. Stay tuned for updates about exact times and locations...
2/8 - Daytona Main Street Live
2/22 - Restore the Music (Gainesville)
4/5 - DelandAPalooza Music Festival (DeLand)
WHW wants to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season! Its been an eventful year for the band, no doubt about that. We are exactly one month into our first CD release and still are getting great feedback from everyone and some good suggestions for how to move the band forward. Being an engineering nerd I thought I would share a few numbers from the past year's activities. 13k whohitwillie.com website visits, 20 gigs, 525 reverbnation song plays, 40 hours in KDS studios and 1 new WHW album "Ghost Town". Been a busy and rewarding year. Everyone is looking forward to the new year and we already have a couple new songs in the pipeline. We are also getting ready to start a promotion program to really test the larger market and hopefully can get a bit of B-station airplay. Look for WPRK to queue a few tunes up early next year locally! Even a rumored release of a "Dub Mix" for "Livin' in a Ghost Town. Cant say we don't mix a few Genres and roll with the punches.. LOL Hey, its all in good fun and we appreciate all the loyal fans who have stuck by this band and watched this grow. We would love to hear from everyone, so send us an email, blog or Reverbnation comments!