FKN Exclusive – W.C. Lindsay
Every week we love to introduce you to some new talented individuals. Well today to we’ve got a talented singer/songwriter from West Philadelphia by the name of W.C. Lindsay. Check out this FKN Exclusive with W.C. Lindsay and see how they started out in the industry.
Group Name: W.C. Lindsay
City/State: West Philadelphia
So tell us a little bit about yourself?
– My name is Will, and I am the vocalist/guitarist/producer of W. C. Lindsay. We are a dance-punk trio from West Philadelphia, and we sound like The Beastie Boys watching The Breakfast Club at Warped Tour.
What inspired you to start singing?
– I started singing a few years after I got into music- I was always fascinated by the guitar and wanted to play, having been brought up near my dad’s guitars and blues records. I played for a few years but wasn’t content occupying only the roll of guitarist. I started to sing, initially for the purpose of backing vocals, but then in a pretty standard teen angst fashion, I had one particularly isolated summer where I found myself constantly singing along to an odd pairing of records- “Grace” by Jeff Buckley and “Heroine” by From First to Last. I got my grit and my energy from the post hardcore world and my dynamics and passion from the crooners.
Were there any hard challenges you had to face in the industry?
– Touring can be difficult in this day and age, and the barrier to enter into new cities can be tough to overcome. When this is the case we always turn to our friends and to the DIY aesthetic. We’ve found that most of the industry’s difficulties can be overcome if you’re willing to sleep on some floors and put in a few extra hours on the highway. The industry is in a far better place than a lot of people are giving it credit for- it’s easier than ever to get your music out there on your own, and if you’re willing to work your ass off, you can kill without a label.
What ways have you found was the best way to promote yourself?
– Disposable cameras. We love to take photos of all our crowds and everything else we do for our photography project called Relative Disposability, and then we blast scans of the photos on all our social media outlets. People love the aesthetic almost as much as we do, and we feel that the instantaneous and permanent nature of the process captures the fun of the moment, and it really comes through in our web presence.
What would be your most memorable moment while singing?
– We just finished our spring tour, and we had a lot of incredible moments on stage so it’s tough to pinpoint just one. We had the great pleasure of headlining the Local Music Fest at Manhattanville College. We played “Hum And Roar,” which was the single we had put out just a few days prior. Almost the entire crowd sang along with every word, which totally blew my mind because it had come out so recently, but also because it’s one of the most personal songs I’ve ever written. I grew up in Columbus, OH and the fact that a room full of kids in Purchase, NY were singing along to something so personal genuinely blew me away and humbled me greatly.
Are there any goals that you would like to achieve?
– Our goal is to play a sold out show in Tokyo and then party night with Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray at the karaoke bar from Lost in Translation. Really though, we would love to tour internationally- it’s always been a goal of ours to see the world, but to be brought to foreign countries by people who wanted to hear our music would be one of the greatest honors imaginable.
What can we expect from you in the future?
– We have our debut album, “Easy Victim, Charitable Deceptions” coming out on Big Footprints Records on April 15th, and we will be touring extensively throughout the spring and summer in support of it.
Are there any upcoming albums you are releasing?
– As mentioned above, we have our debut coming out on April 15th. We are super excited to be partnered with Big Footprints Records for the release because they are a charity label, and one dollar from every physical record purchased will go to our chosen charity- Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. Giving back is a priority of ours, and we are honored to do so in conjunction with such an important mission.
What do you think of FKN Famous?
– It rules. I want to steal the design scheme of the logo for a W. C. Lindsay t-shirt.
Any last shout outs?
– We wouldn’t be where we are today without Kimey’s Place on 34th and Hamilton in West Philadelphia. Their hoagies have gotten us through so much. We love them dearly.
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