Scotland’s William Freeman is a stunning songwriter and has a voice as genuine as his lyrics– and that’s why we love William. With summer in the air and William’s music by your side, you simply can’t go wrong. AMBY had a chat with William about an upcoming EP, creating new laws, and “happy summer-ish” songs, so have a read!
AMBY: Hello William! What have you been up to lately?
William Freeman: Hello! I’ve been in the studio recording a new single.. I actually planned to record an EP but changed my mind the day before… I’ll explain more after.. I’ve been writing new songs as well.. Happy summer-ish (if that’s a word) kinda songs.. Which will hopefully be recorded in June.. Apart from that just gigging away with my friend Colin who plays keys..
AMBY: Your new releases are lovely! What was one of the best moments you had while recording them?
William Freeman: Firstly, thank you! I really hope everyone enjoys them as much as I did writing and recording them.. It’s hard to put my finger on a highlight, but I think it’s mostly hearing the finished product.. Sitting back and just enjoying listening to the end product, something you’ve created really.. It’s an amazing feeling.
AMBY: What’s the story behind one of your latest songs Who Needs the Sun?
William Freeman: ‘Who Needs The Sun” is a love song.. Which I have a habit of writing about but that’s what means most to me and after all, Love’s The Greatest Thing.. I wrote it in late December/Early January 2013. It’s basically as I say a love song, the concept that even though it’s pouring down with rain and gale force winds it doesn’t faze me.. The lyrics show that, ‘ What a year it has been’ is nothing but the truth. But yeah, to sum it up, another love song about that special person in my life..
AMBY: Is there an EP in the works?
William Freeman: There is an EP in the works.. Continuing from the first question.. The EP had been written and I planned to record it in the studio but I’ve decided to hopefully record it in Autumn time this year.
AMBY: Which William Freeman song is your favourite?
William Freeman: I like the new single ‘ Lend a Hand’ a lot.. Playing it live is really fun.. I always end my set with it, It grows and grows throughout the song with a really big ending.. So I’d say that.
AMBY: What is your proudest achievement so far?
William Freeman: As far as proudest achievements for me It’s always been about making my fans , friends and family proud and happy with what I’m doing.. Their continuous support is an enormous achievement and sense of pride itself.
AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?
William Freeman: This is a really hard one..I’d say something like listen to William Freeman.. But I’ll keep it simple and say keep smiling no matter how hard times get..
AMBY: So far, what’s the best release of the year?
William Freeman: The best release of the year so far for me has to be Local Natives ‘Hummingbird’ . After a friend introduced me to ‘Gorilla Manor’ I was hooked and their second album proves just how amazing they are.. I also saw them live this year which was really special.. Definitely up there with the tightest and best live bands I’ve ever seen. I’m also (I know it hasn’t been released yet) but Tom Odell’s record.. I saw him support Jake Bugg last November and managed to have a quick chat with him and fire him one of my EP’s.. I’m still not sure if he ever listened to it but all of his songs are so beautiful so, I’m really really excited for Long Way Down.
AMBY: What has your excited for the rest of 2013?
William Freeman: I think the new EP, I’ve put a lot of thought and effort into all of it so hopefully when I get into the studio I can do the songs justice.. But I look forward to each day and hopefully by the end of 2013 I’ll get some bigger gigs and hopefully travel to some new places to play..
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about William Freeman that nobody knows yet?
William Freeman: I’m gonna go with a story back when I was 11 when I lived in Jersey (Channel Islands). I got knocked of my bike and ended up in a coma and nearly died.. But, I’m still here and that’s what matters..
Thank you William Freeman, for giving us your answers!