That’s the dream in William Elvin’s heart as he wrote his songs and struggled to put together an album on his own with his own savings. The final result of a laptop, an entry- level zoom microphone, a cheap acoustic guitar, and a Fender Stratocaster in his old room is an album that is unlike any other. DisconTechNoThisContent: The Musicalienation of William Elvin may have a mouthful name that intrigues yet it delivers in its introspective wordplay of lyrics and variety of melodies. No song has any similarity with the others, and that’s where you can tell of the passion and care given to each song.
Before he reached this point, William Elvin is already known for his musical genius in plays such as Dulaang UP’s Rizal X and The Woman in Black, among others. His love for songwriting began when he purchased a cassette tape of The Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album in highschool. He listened and studied this album for two months on the themes, styles and genres of the songs. Then he started writing and recording songs for his own amusement using only a cassette tape recorder with a built-in microphone and cheap acoustic guitar given by an aunt. And the rest as they say is history.
We, with my fellow bloggers, had a chance to get to know William better in a casual, intimate gathering at Taumbayan in Kamuning, Quezon city last July 2. Together with Janine Santos, his girlfriend and co-singer in the album, William opened up his heart about his humble beginnings, his plans, and true love which he found in Janine.
When it comes to musical inspiration, without hesitation he points to Bob Dylan. “Songwriting is like painting, it gets more obscured the more I look at it. That’s how I want my songs to be,” shares William.
During our intimate gathering, he performed for us all the songs in his album with members of his band. The album included 4 songs from Rizal X which includes: Sinubukan, On My Way to Calvary, Alisbayan Box, and But I Love No One But You. The succeeding tracks that followed next include: Bubblegum Blues a wordplay song without making sense, Winter Went Away for a While, Ang Sabi Nila, How’s the Bed, Sandy, an ironic heavy worded song in a light almost whimsical melody, On Their Way to St. Jane, and a bonus track of 10/23. Most of the songs tease the imagination, making you curious that you want to listen closely to the song again and again.
“If I see someone inspired by my music, does well and inspires others, then that is the success I am looking for,” is the main goal of all his effort according to William.
For more information on how to order the album or watch him perform live, visit his website at www.williamelvin.wordpress.com or visit his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/williamelvinmusic