Ten Questions With Will Hatch
Who are you?
My name is Will Hatch and I’m a singer-songwriter from Hopkinton, NH. When playing out, I’m joined by a local cast of characters under the name, Will Hatch & Co. We recorded Downtown live at the Bridge Sound & Stage in Cambridge, MA. Here’s the lineup:
Will Hatch – Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Jon Cheney – Bass
Taylor Pearson – Guitar, Vocals
Brian Peasley – Mandolin
Eric Ober – Drums
What inspires you?
Conversations, stories, places I’ve visited, or just learning the hard way on my own.
How do you go about writing?
I don’t think too much about it, I just try to come up with something new. I don’t approach it with any discipline and if that means not writing for a year, then that’s fine with me.
When I do write, it usually happens spontaneously with my acoustic guitar. I like to keep the lyrics simple and get the music in a key that fits my voice. I think my best work happens quickly, however, I will edit as much as needed when I’m on to something.
Why did you take up music?
I first started playing percussion in fifth grade band and my lessons on the drums are the only formal musical education I have. I got sick of jamming endlessly in garage bands and switched to guitar at age 15 in order to write songs. Since then, my musical aspiration has been to write.
What does the Folk genre mean to you?
Folk is a blend of new and old. It’s having the guts to add new verses to an old melody. It’s an ongoing saga. Although some songs are more original than others, you can add your own contributions to the story and make it your own.
When I first heard Old Crow Medicine Show in 2009, I was hooked. I had to have a banjo and I started to trace the roots backwards. I honestly think I felt a genetic connection to this music. It spoke to me in a way that I hadn’t felt before. This was the conversation that I wanted to be a part of.
What can we expect release wise?
Downtown is available on Spotify now and will be available on all major platforms by the first week of December
Can we catch you live via streaming or in person?
To celebrate the release, we’ll be doing a small show at Penuche’s in Concord, NH. It’s kind of home base for our local scene and it’ll be nice to perform, even if for a smaller audience than usual. We don’t have any other shows booked at the moment.
Any funny/weird/surreal stories or experiences from your life in music?
'Kid from Holden' is a true story about Plymouth State University student Jake Nawn. Since NH is a small community, we’ve had a couple chances to perform the song for friends and family of his. I’ve experienced some powerful moments with that song and it can take me to a place that most don’t go.
If the world was ending and you could only listen to one last song, what one would it be and why?
'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac. It sounds great and never gets old.
How do you want to go out, a Zombie Apocalypse or Alien Invasion?
Zombie Apocalypse. It would give me an excuse to use a sword.
A massive thank you to Will Hatch for taking the time out to answer our questions. We were lucky enough to get a preview of Will Hatch's new album 'Downtown', which we loved. You can read that review HERE.
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