Born in Australia and based in Liverpool, it's no surprise that WILL K's sound resonates worldwide. It goes even more global on his brand new single for Arkade Music, “Guamo.” Fueled by propulsive tribal-style percussion before climaxing on a devilishly catchy drop, the track illuminates the vision and vibrancy of the prodigious producer and DJ. It also arrives hot on the hills of his biggest hit to date, “Cafe Leche,” which cracked 548K Spotify streams and earned support from the likes of Hardwell, Steve Angello, Laidback Luke, and more.
Besides “Guamo” WILL K has his hands on plenty of other projects. We got the chance to interview him about his influences, favorite foods, what he does in his free time and more. We also got this exclusive guest mix filled with fresh new heaters. Check them out below & follow WILL K on all social media!
What got you into making music, specifically Electronic Dance Music?
After a few years of DJ’ing when I was 12 years old I decided to download Ableton. I knew music was what I wanted to pursue my whole life, but I had no idea what I was doing. So I basically looked up as many Youtube video tutorials as I could, and bought as many Future Music Magazines I could get my hands on. I was lucky I started it all very young, it didn’t put so much pressure on me, and it was more of a hobby at the time.
Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations?
Axwell will always be on the top of my list for me. I’ll never forget the first time I heard ‘Feel The Vibe’, I had never heard something like it before. And now, to be releasing music on his label ‘Axtone’, it’s surreal, and it reminds me that I'm doing something right!
Who are some artists you are listening to now?
Right now I'm listening to a lot of Tchami and Malaa’s music. I’m loving this new direction and trend they're both writing right now. Music is always changing, new trends are evolving and I tend to get bored quickly when listening to the same type of music. It’s not just the ideas that are fresh, but the tracks themselves work really well in the clubs.
How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard you before?
I’d say the previous music I've released is very tribal and progressive. I don't usually like to stick to one genre though, and I feel within the last year I have changed my direction and I'm really happy with how its turned out. I can’t wait for you all to hear my new sound!
Thanks for the mix! What goes into making a mix like this, and what are some songs in this mix that stand out to you?
The first 30 minutes of this mix are the latest tracks I've been listening to while I've been on the road. I can’t always listen to music I like to play and write. For example, I've put a record from my Swedish friend David Pietras – Alone, this track is simply beautiful, full of melodies and such a happy vibe. While for instance I've added Skrillex’s new track ‘Chicken Soup’. The production on this track is just insane. The kick drum is so tight, and how it’s arranged right at the start of the drop is next level. It just shows when writing music you don't need to follow any formula, just write what you think sounds good.
What are some things you like to do in spare time when not making music?
For the past few months I've been hitting the gym in my spare time. It gets me out of the studio and I feel good and healthy. Now that I've been travelling a lot this past summer, I think it’s really important to stay in shape. I’m also quite adventurous, if I'm bored I sometimes take off on a road trip to Wales. Hiking for me is a great way to clear my head and find some inspiration on what to write next.
What does the rest of the summer have in store for you?
I’m playing my first show in South America, Ecuador this weekend, which I'm stoked about. I also have some shows in India, Myanmar, Taiwan, and I'm heading back to Europe to play in France and Amsterdam!
Favorite home-cooked meal?
My mum’s spaghetti bolognese, actually, just my mum’s food in general. I think everyone loves their own parents food, no matter if I went to a 5 star restaurant, her food will always be better.
Favorite Junk Food?
To be honest I very rarely eat any junk food. I don't think I have a sweet tongue for it, but if I had to choose, i’d say a classic Big Mac meal from McDonald’s. That is my cheat meal, I actually can’t wait to eat.