Will Pantelis is an aspiring 20-year-old musician, studying Music Education (Sonic Arts) at the University of Adelaide. On top of being a part time student, he is working on writing and producing his own album. We sat down with Will to find out more about his music and what it’s like being an aspiring artist in Adelaide.
When did you discover your passion for music?
I’ve always liked music to a degree, but I think it only really became a vital part of my life in Year 9, at age 14 or 15. It was nice to have something I could rely on without feelings of guilt.
What made you want to pursue music?
Honestly, it was the only thing I found interesting whilst also being simultaneously decent at it! I have always been a huge fan of numbers but unfortunately, the only career paths based around numeracy are taken by calculators, so I decided I had to pick something else. I transferred into Music Education after a year at university as I believed it would look better on my resume in the future, but we’ll see how that all pans out in a few years.
Tell me about this album that you’re working on? What’s it about, What’s involved, etc?
I’m very much working to be DIY in the way that I’m constructing it. I wasn’t too good at the studio work I did last year, but I was reasonably good with the computer element of music making, so I started out making some spoken word music. I kind of weaned off of that this year, as I was writing lyrics which were more miserable than I had become in life, and the authenticity had faded. So I went back to the drawing board and asked myself, “What type of music do I want to listen to?”. It took me no time to decide on making an instrumental album focused around relaxation and helping the listener feel more at peace. It’s to be called “At Peace, At Last” and will be released hopefully before the year is over under the simple name “w.p.”. It’s being produced via plugged acoustic guitar through a keyboard amp then recorded with a USB microphone. You can tell it isn’t professionally done, but I kind of love that about it. I also took the photographs for the artwork, and designed the entire physical CD with some assistance from my friend Tegan in Melbourne. When it’s released, it can be bought via messaging me through my page, or digitally via Bandcamp. However, the Bandcamp isn’t up and running yet, so it’ll probably be empty!
How many instruments can you play?
I can play three. I started out with clarinet at age 10, followed by saxophone at age 12, and then I have since tried to teach myself the drums, but that endeavour has been less successful! Even though my album is made entirely through guitar and Ableton Live (my programme of choice), I can’t play guitar for the life of me; not yet anyway!
What’s your favourite genre?
It really depends on the day. I’m very much into pop punk, hardcore and metal core, but indie rock and alternative rock can be incredibly good if done well. I try not to discriminate, but honestly, I find R’n’B and country so very hard to get into. Also, rap isn’t my thing, but Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” is a masterpiece.
What artists inspire you the most?
It depends on the day and the project I’m working on. With the instrumental album, I drew a lot of inspiration from an artist named Qualia; I listened to their album “Everything Will Be Alright” a while back, and it’s just really stuck with me. Also, there’s a band called Gates which I am in love with, and a band called Explosions In The Sky. I love ambience, I love when things are somewhat simple, and I love music that is beautiful in a lush kind of way. I like to try and replicate that, no matter how feeble my attempts are.
What are your music career plans/goals/hopes for the future?
My plans for a career are currently pretty up in the air, but ideally I’d love to make a living doing sound effects and foley for movies.
There is no exact release date for Will’s album yet, but for now you can follow him on his Facebook page, his Bandcamp account, his Instagram, his Twitter and his YouTube account (follow the hyperlinks).
If there are any local artists or bands that you think we should feature then leave your suggestions below, but for now we would like to thank Will for chatting with us here at Between The Headphones.