Kent-born Will Joseph Cook is making his dreams a reality. His fun-filled indie pop has connected with an audience beyond which he could’ve imagined. For Cook music is a way to express his thoughts and feelings without restriction, encouraging his inner creative to soar – only one look at his imaginative music videos is needed to see this. Like the newly released ‘Sweet Dreamer’ confirms, Cook is an artist with a lot of ideas and more importantly, one with the passion to back it up.
We talk musical beginnings and purpose with the young artist.
Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?
One specific memory was being sent Oxford Comma [by Vampire Weekend] on MSN chat in 2008. The track really resonated with me and it led to me building my own record collection as apposed to just whatever my dad and brother had on.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
When did you start writing your own songs/music?
I remember trying to write songs when I was around 10 or 11 and fantasised about learning an instrument. It wasn’t until I was 13 that I started learning, from day one, I was always trying to write.
What would you say has been the highlight so far in your musical career?
For me it has definitely been the recent live shows. Seeing genuine fans in front of me definitely feels like a confirmation of every other positive so far.
What does music mean to you?
One of the most important aspects of music is its ability to let you say something without the pressure and insecurity of when you speak. For me it gives my feelings a bit more purpose.
Will Joseph Cook will be touring the UK this Autumn, for dates see below.
2nd DIY All Dayer, Tufnell Park Dome
8th Manchester, Neighbourhood festival
26th Nottingham, The Chameleon Arts Cafe (18+)
27th Bristol, The Exchange (14+)
29th Brighton, The Hope & Ruin (18+)
31st Leeds, Brudenell Games Room (14+)
1st Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge (14+)
2nd London, Dingwalls (14+)