Five Questions with…Will Dailey

July 27th, 2009
Will Dailey

Will Dailey

Singer-songwriter Will Dailey showed how far he’s willing to go far for his passion when he sold his car to pay for his debut album. Dailey’s most recent album, Torrent, Vol. 1 and 2, is a combination of two digital EPs he released earlier this year—the first highlights ’60s- and ’70s-inspired music while the second focuses on acoustic work. But you can check out all of his influences when he makes his second-to-last stop on his current tour tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge. (And you can check him out, below, playing “How Can I Make You Happy” earlier this month on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.) Last week Dailey checked in with The House List from the road to thoughtfully answer five questions.

What band are you most ashamed to admit listening to?
I have a hard time feeling guilty about things, but I am on the road right now and Meatloaf came on the radio. It was a long song, many twists and turns. Nobody suggested we change the station. Were we intrigued? Frozen with fear? Just when I was about to get really angry about someone calling himself Meatloaf, I found myself singing, “Let me sleep on it/ I’ll give you an answer in the morning.”

Which bands that you listened to growing up do you still listen to?
The Black Crowes, Grant Lee Phillips, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Fugazi, but I also listened to a lot of classic rock, and I’m always looking for that great classic recording from that era. Just found an amazing female singer: Karen Dalton.

Do you have any crutches when writing a song—are there certain words or styles you feel you lean on too much?
Run-on sentences can get you. I haven’t analyzed my crutches, but now I will. Thanks. I have spent too much time wondering if I can write a song without prepositions. Truthfully, I find it a process and evolution that never stands still long enough to call it one thing or another. It will continue to grow and mutate and I hope to be the most surprised…and with no limp.

What’s your favorite place in New York City to hang out? And do you ever feel like you could live here?
My love for New York comes from visiting for long stretches and short, mad bursts. To live in New York might take away from our on-again, off-again relationship. My favorite spot post-show as of late has been the bar 2A.

Do you have to be depressed to write a sad song? Do you have to be in love to write a love song? Is a song better when it really happened to you?
I think no matter your emotional status, you need to be open and a good listener to everything around you to write a good song. If you can cry while writing, more power to ya. —R. Zizmor