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Sunday, April 27, 2014

William Elvin Launches Debut CD Album


 
Press Release:
Theater actor - director, musical director and composer William Elvin has finally launched his debut CD album --- DisConTechNoThisContent: The Musicalienation of William Elvin.
In 2005, William decided to stop writing songs and playing music. His friends in the UST band/rock scene were being signed by major record labels. EMI Philippines was starting to position Hale to be one of the biggest rock acts of the 2000s. Sony BMG followed suit with the signing of Callalily. The two bands spearheaded the 'pogi-rock' movement (a term used with both marketing and derogatory intentions, as William remembers it) in mainstream Pinoy pop in the mid-2000s.

A few months later, rock bands were ruling the airwaves while WilIiam and his band The Barpins, was stuck playing in the now-defunct 'Mayric's', a small rock and roll bar along Espana, Manila. Frustrated, he promised to himself not to go back to that scene, and pursue a different artistic medium. That decision led William to the Theatre Arts program in the University of the Philippines.

In UP, William honed his skills in acting and eventually gained experience in writing and directing for the stage. While he was (and always will be) artistically fulfilled with work in the theater, he always felt the urge to write songs.

For the following years, William have shrugged off this urge, as he totally ignored the rock/band scene and focused all his attention to theater work.  

In 2009, William went back to songwriting and formed Happy Days Ahead and recorded ‘Home Recordings @ The Marilyn Mansion’. With some copies sold and more given away for free, the attention the album received within the theater circle eventually led to William’s two important works: a musical adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac for UP Dulaang Laboratoryo in late 2010, and Dulaang UP’s Rizal X in 2011.

William’s recent reconciliation with the art of songwriting have inspired him to record 12 of the most special songs he has written ---- Sinubukan, On My  Way To Calvary, Alisbayan Box, But I Love No One But You, Bubblegum Blues, Winter Went Away For A While, Walang Kalaban-Laban, Ang Sabi Nila, How’s The Bed, Sandy ?, On Their Way To St. Jane, and 10/23.                                                                                 
“ DisConTechNoThisContent: The Musicalienation of William Elvin ” presents these songs as William have always intended them to be heard: rough, unpolished, free of heavy production values (if there is any), as sincere as possible.
Recorded entirely in William’s room somewhere in a suburban neighborhood in Quezon City, the songs are meant to sound as the anti-thesis of the pop sound that is dominating the mainstream airwaves in this day and age.
This is an album that is meant to be enjoyed in a quiet corner as the words and the melodies serve as your blanket and, at least for about 45 minutes, keeps you away from the noise of today’s world.

DisConTechNoThisContent: The Musicalienation of William Elvin is released  by Happy Mousey Records and John Carlo Santos. Album Art by Manu Respall. Produced by W.E. Manzano.

For further inquiries, please  go to  www.facebook.com/williamelvinmusic or call/text Happy Mousey Records at 09173450310.         
 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Changing the World One Musical Note At a Time


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

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