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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

William Elvin : An Intimate Dinner With DisConTechNoThisContent

Wazzup Pilipinas!

What a treat! It was my first time to attend a musical event and it was the intimate bloggers meet up with William Elvin, theater actor - director, musical director and composer, Elvin who is about to release his solo debut album.

The album is entitled DisConTechNoThisContent : The Musicalienation of William Elvin is no ordinary album title. But I can sense the creativity of the artist by having a unique and extraordinary album title. Usually if its a debut album, the artists just uses their name as the album title, but the people behind the album has chosen to be more sensational with the album name.

The event was held at Taumbayan near Kamuning, Quezon City and I was proud to represent Wazzup Pilipinas.


  

 












There were a few opening acts but the time finally came when it was time for William Elvin to perform and we were not disappointed. I am so sure he is going to have a bright future as a singer.






WILLIAM ELVIN
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL



PERFORMER YOU WOULD DROP EVERYTHING TO GO SEE: 
Green Day

POP CULTURE GUILTY PLEASURE: 
I listen to Andrew E. Songs

FIRST CD/TAPE/LP YOU’VE EVER OWNED: 
Eraserheads’ album ‘Natin ’99’ was the first casette tape I bought with my own money


FIRST KISS: Grade 5, with a classmate who’s now a lesbian


MOMENT YOU KNEW YOU WANTED TO PERFORM FOR A LIVING:
When I realized I couldn’t play basketball.


FAVORITE PRE-/POST- SHOW MEAL: 
1 Pc Chickenjoy and Spaghetti


FAVORITE LIQUID REFRESHMENT: 
Fresh Orange Juice


WORST FLUBBED LINE/MISSED CUE/ONSTAGE MISHAP:
When I was in High School, I was asked to be a reader in a Catholic mass. I said ‘Ass Wednesday’ instead of ‘Ash Wednesday’.

WORST OUTFIT EVER:
Anime Polo and Elephant Pants

SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT SURPRISES PEOPLE:   
The fact that I’m actually a nice guy. Looks can be deceiving.


CAREER YOU WOULD WANT IF NOT A PERFORMER: 
A WWE scriptwriter.


THREE THINGS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: 
  1. Video games
  2. Pro-wrestling
  3. Jollibee Chickenjoy

WORDS OF ADVICE FOR ASPIRING PERFORMERS: 
All it takes is a dream. And some money to start with.

WHEN AND WHERE WERE YOU HAPPIEST ?
When I realized I’m getting paid money for the things Iove doing.

GREATEST FEAR:
Dying without leaving anything good on earth.

TRAIT YOU MOST DEPLORE IN YOURSELF:
My cynicism

CURRENT STATE OF  MIND:
Generally happy and content


GREATEST REGRET :
I stayed up late playing video games back in High School

TALENT  YOU  WOULD LIKE TO HAVE:
Drawing and Painting

WHAT DO YOU REGARD AS THE LOWEST DEPTH OF MISERY ?
Not being able to think for yourself

WHERE DO YOU LIKE TO LIVE ?
Hong Kong

YOUR FAVORITE PAST TIME:
Thinking of what to do next


FAVORITE SONGWRITERS:
Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson (The Beach Boys), Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), and Ely Buendia


YOUR DREAM VENUE TO HOLD A CONCERT:
United Center, Home of the Chicago Bulls

YOUR DREAM GUESTS IN YOUR CONCERT:
Philippine politicians

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU MOST LIKE ?
Freedom of thought

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO ?

With great power comes great responsibility. – Uncle Ben


OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE
Ref: Mr. Toots Tolentino



WILLIAM ELVIN LAUNCHES DEBUT CD ALBUM

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 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.

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