It’s always a good feeling to “know” a musical artist you enjoy listening to, it’s another thing to have been able to see that artist grow into the musician he or she is now. For me, that guy is named Will Overman. Will is a senior at Cape Henry up in Virginia Beach who I have been working with during the summer for over 5 years. Will has a great love and passion for music and plays for the simple enjoyment of it. I wanted to share his music with as many people as possible and was fortunate enough to ask Will about his up-and-coming music career and plans for the future:
Beat Dropping: I can remember always hearing you playing the guitar and mandolin, but only this past summer heard the first song you’ve written…how long have you been writing songs?
Will: I've been writing for about three years but most of it hasn't been very good. I'm just now starting to really get comfortable with my songwriting.
BD: Who are your biggest musical influences?
W: I have a ton of musical influences. Thanks to my parents I've been listening to great music ever since I can remember. But my go to band would have to be The Avett Brothers. I feel like most people have a band they grew up with, and for me that's been the Avetts. I've been listening to them since they were small, seen them in small venues, met them and really grown to respect them and connect to their lyrics.
BD: If you had to choose between the guitar and mandolin, what would you pick?
W: I would pick the guitar, just because it's a better instrument for soloing. And as amazing as the mandolin is, it doesn't suffice when playing rhythm. It's made for lead, and unfortunately I'm not that good, so I don't sound that great when it's just me playing.
BD: What is Indian Summer?
W: Indian Summer was the name my friend and I decided on when we played a gig.
BD: What are your immediate music career goals (1-3 years)
W: My immediate goals consist of: getting more and more gigs, recording more, and once I go to college I'd like to establish a much larger band, (ie. more instruments, harmonies.)
BD: Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years?
W: In ten years, I honestly have no clue. I would love to make music my profession. So if that is the case then I'll just see where it takes me. I love music. I love connecting to people through they lyrics I write, so if I can do that for a living, fine by me. But it's something I really enjoy, so I'll do my best to keep that way.
Here are two tracks Will recently recorded, and we look forward to hearing more and more. Enjoy these in the meantime, and keep a look out for Will whose future sure looks bright.