My name is WIl Deynes and I work full time as a Mac Tech for a printing company in New York. Music is something I struggle to do at all cost when I am not working.
I started playing bass guitar when I was 13. A friend showed me a video of Cliff Burton playing “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, I was blown away, that moment, all I wanted to do was play like that. It just so happened that my birthday was coming up, I asked for a bass guitar, got one, became a huge metal head.
After playing 8 hours a day for 6 months, I joined my first band. Don’t remember the name, don’t think we actually had one. Our biggest accomplishment was learning “Enter Sandman” off the video (when MTV played videos), before the record came out. We played it at our 1st and last show. The guitar player Chris, was super lazy, he played the whole set sitting down. It pissed the rest of us off, we kicked him out, then never really found a replacement.
I went through a period where I was so obsessed with playing bass, that I stopped going to school, snuck upstairs after my mom went to work and played all day. We lived on top of a print shop, the owner would hear me playing all day long, but never ratted me out.
When I was 16 my mom brought a house in Jersey. As soon as I could, I started playing with anyone who would jam with me. There was literally nothing else to do. I ended up joining my first serious band called the Jimmy Vincent Invasion. Nothing really notable except that I hated the music, but stayed with them because they had “Major Connections” boy, was that a waste of time. I later played for “The Spinning Jennys”. They were established and had a single out. I was stoked to be in a band that actually had something real going on. We played a few shows, then it all kinda just fizzled when an A&R guy didn’t like our new material. I still miss that band…..
After that, I gave up on the band thing and on music all together. I finished college, got a job and was miserable….lol
Then one day, driving home I popped in Sting’s “Fields of Gold” CD, in that moment, it hit me. I wanted to be a songwriter. I wanted to write my own songs, it wasn’t until I met my wife, that I would actually take those melodies in my head and record them. With her encouragement, I finished my first song “Stay”. I posted it on MySpace, and was amazed by the response. It got 12,000 plays in 3 months. Who would have thought.
That’s when I decided to continue writing, soon after I released my first EP “Stay” btw, it was recorded in my good friend/producer, Earn Phillips’ hallway. It was one of the most humbling/exciting experiences of my life. I learned how much I did not know about music. Recording is completely different from playing live. It was was exciting to share something i created with others, and actually get feedback.
1.5 million myspace plays later (still growing), I am now working on a new record. I hope to have it out buy the end of 2010 beginning of 2011.
It’s not easy being indie