Will Swartz




What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is the end all be all. it's self expression, it's history, it's meaningful, it's a story, it's whatever you choose it to be.

What is your music dream?

To be able to make a living doing nothing but music, whether it's playing and recording, or promotion and being part of a scene

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

No more color, no more race. if I could have a magic wand and change how others think in one way, it would be that we no longer identify ourselves as Black, white, yellow, African, Asian, European... we would be humans with respect for different cultures.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Yellow Submarine

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Tool, Zeppelin, Beethoven, Tchiakovsky, Cash, Tritt, Animals as Leaders, Exivious, Twelve Foot Ninja... the list is pretty vast

What inspires you to make music?

Music inspires me to write. I always feel like a song writes itself. It's almost like a living thing that gains it's life from your fingers.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

There's no specific message to any of my music, it's all dependent on the song and the feel of it. I write whatever demands to come out.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?


How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Well, the sad really is, is that your music doesn't make you money. It's merchandise and selling your brand name. Music is monetarily worthless as long as there are standing sites around. CD's are more like business cards now to try to land the gig instead of being what you want to sell. All your money comes from that merchandise and the venue. Speaking of venues, NEVER trust that the venue is going to promote you! That's up to you! It used to be 50/50, but now it's all in you, the musician, to be the promoter.

What do you think of Drooble?

This is a great idea, but it's very confusing to me. It's just not seeking to be very useful friendly to start with. I thought I could easily check it other bands and review their stuff, and past my own stuff up, but it all seems way more complicated than just utilizing other social network sites.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

Drug and alcohol abuse. I can't wrap my head around why people hurry themselves so much in the music scene. They think it's all about a good time, but the relationships around them are abused into nothing, the music loses its life, and they do many times go before they've given everything they were gifted, to the world.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Absolutely. I wear their merchandise, go to their shows, and become friends with them. We try to help each other out with his, because that's what makes a music scene. Cooperation, not competition.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

They have to be open and ready to barley themselves just as much as any car salesman markets a car. Whether it's plastering flyers everywhere or what, it's all about getting your name recognizable. It doesn't even have to be that you're known for your music yet. Just create a stir around your name brand and sell it. The rest will follow.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Exivious, Plini, Jakub Zytecki to start with. Then just start checking out the other bands that pop into the playlist.