Emerging singer-songwriter & musician Will Stockle talks most meaningful song, future plans and his latest release ‘How’d You Let Me Go’

What inspired you to begin a career in music?

I grew up in a music loving family. Surrounded by lots of different genres of music, there was never music not being played. During school I discovered I could write songs and I developed an obsession with writing songs. This obsession has never ended and I just want to keep developing and making more music for people and myself to enjoy.

What differs you and your sound from other upcoming artists in in the music industry?

The writing, performing and producing is all done by me so there’s this really authentic and personal sound. I live in the country, so there are no distractions. I think the best music comes from isolation. Just me and the music and that brings such a uniqueness to my work.

Your latest release ‘How’d You Let Me Go’ is due to be release soon, can you please describe the creative process and the inspiration behind the single?

I was playing guitar one night when I discovered the chords. I had earlier been looking through old photos of me and an ex and so the lyrics just flowed. The first verse to the chorus happened so quickly and I instantly knew it was going to be my next release. The next day I got into my studio and started putting it all together. I started with the guitar and built off of that. For the next week I was trying to finish it but something was off. It started sending me insane so I put it aside for a while until, whilst talking to my lecturer at college, I got the idea to swap out the main instruments with the ones you hear now. Once I did this it was that same wow moment as the night I wrote the lyrics for the first time.

Everyone experiences good days and bad days, as a musician, when you have a bad day, what motivates you to keep moving and look ahead to the future?

Bad days are frustrating at the time but they motivate me. If I’m in a rut I will often have a moment of motivation and I’ll snap myself out of the rut and go make some music and often my best music comes off of the back of a bad day. And I think my confidence in my abilities are the things that push me out of that slump.

Throughout your musical career, have you experienced any ‘wow’ moments? Those moments that you stop to reflect and can’t believe you are where you are?

I’m very new in this career. My first release being only of July last year. However when I first got the email from BBC introducing it was the biggest wow moment for me. It popped up and it just gave me that burst of wow I can actually do this. Playing latitude was also a very cool experience that I’m so grateful for.

In your own opinion, what is the most meaningful song you have wrote? What makes you say that one?

The most meaningful song I’ve written is one called Tear Me Apart. I wrote it when I was 15. The lyrics were the most personal and emotional that I’d written and whenever I play it or hear it, it takes me back and I can still feel what I felt when I wrote it. And this means even more to me because usually I struggle to open up fully.

Is there anyone you would you like to work with in the future? Are there any future collaborations in the pipeline?

At the moment no but I’ve always wanted a female singer on one of my tracks. Maybe in the next project.

What personal advice would you give to someone wanting to pursue this career?

My advice is to push yourself and never get defensive or offended by feedback. The best feedback is the ones you can do something with. If you get hurt by someone telling you how to improve, learn to deal with it. Because there is no way you can get to where you want to be without that skill.

What does the foreseeable future hold for you as an artist?

Well I have 2 more songs coming out after ‘How’d You Let Me Go’ all leading you to my EP ‘On Mine’ that’s set to release in autumn. I’m so excited for everyone to hear it. I’m then going to have a post release show with my band for the first time. It’s going to an amazing night.

Anything else you would like to add?

I don’t think so, no. Thank you very much for having me.

‘How’d You Let Me Go’ is available now via all major platforms.

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