Balancing and fluidly bouncing between artistic mediums, William Control is operating from the peak of creativity and creating worlds with words both musically and within literature for viewers to revel in around the globe. William Control is uniquely releasing four separate EP’s of their fifth studio album, ‘Revelations’, over time. In the midst of the release of the second EP, ‘The Black’, I caught with the gentlemen to discuss their creative endeavors, what’s in store for 2017, being a novel writer, tattoos, and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is William Control?
William Control is part of a movement, the neuromantic movement. With songs about devotion, loss, strangers, love and discipline, we throw empty bottles and the darkwave and synth pop resurgence and make people dance barefoot in the broken glass.
Tell us about how William Control was originally formed and what led you down the independent route.
I started this project during the busiest times of another band I was singing for. It was a punk band called Aiden. We had been touring mercilessly and I needed a different outlet that wasn’t emblazoned with heavy guitar riffs and fast drums. The first two albums I released were on Victory Records, as soon as I had fulfilled my contractual obligations I knew that releasing it myself was the future of music. Which brings us to where we are now.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
In addition to music and recording I, also love literature. I’ve been a fan of the written word as far back as I can remember. My two favorite tattoos were done by Megan Massacre over in NYC at grit and glory. Portraits of Edgar Allan Poe and Oscar Wilde. I’m also quite partial to this Misfits Tattoo I’ve got on my inner forearm. Damon Conklin from Super Genius did that one.
Congrats on the success of your fifth studio album, ‘Revelations’. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind the album.
Thank you!! Well creatively it was much different than all of our previous albums. My writing partner Kenneth Fletcher and I have been using really archaic technology to write and record digital music. Which lends a sort of charm to the songs but leaves much to be desired sonically. I went out last year and maxed out every credit card I had to update my studio with new software and a bunch of new/old analog synths. It was very inspiring to write Revelations with sounds that we had never used on previous albums.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?!
Well we are on tour now with Andy Black, then in April we are headed overseas to Europe for a month. We have a summer tour but can’t announce it yet!
You are also a novel writer who writes from an uncanny perspective. Tell us about your journey as an author and how both artistic mediums compliment one another.
With any sort of art one must be inspired to get the vision you have in your head out and onto a canvas. Writing “Revelator” was a happy accident. It’s a trilogy of books that coincide with all of the control records. The first one I wrote on accident, sitting down on a plane ride to England from Seattle, I had set out to write an outline for an album called the Neuromancer. After I got off the plane I had twenty thousand words and a cool story. Go figure. Haha
Is there a potential movie adaptation of the novels in the works that you can fill us in about?
Yeah well there’s not much to tell at this point. We’ve got a company that wants to give us some money and a script that is being passed around in Hollywood. It’s a very slow process for sure. But I’m certain that the strength of the script will get us where we want to be.
What do fans of William Control have to look forward to in 2017?
We’ve got 3 records to release this year. A whole bunch of tour dates already booked and a hardcover copy of Revelator coming out soon. Not to mention all the killer merchandise that will accompany it all. And my clothing line Submit Clothing is also releasing some killer stuff. All good things.
If you could collaborate with any two musicians/bands dead or alive, who would you chooser and why?
New Order and Johnny Cash. Do I really need to explain why??
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Thank you to all of our fans who have helped build this movement from the ground up. Thanks for listening and singing and dancing and buying our Merch so that we can continue to do this relentlessly.