Interview: Promising soul act Willis Earl Beal: ‘I am nobody’ & Music Video

Beal was born in Chicago, Illinois. In his early twenties Beal joined the US Army, moving to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Beal was medically discharged from the army due to intestinal problems. He then returned to Chicago where he worked at Sears Tower, following a five month hospital stay.

In 2007, Beal moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Here Beal spent some time homeless, and working entry-level jobs, notably as a night-shift security guard. During this time Beal began to record music, leaving CD-Rs in public spaces around Albuquerque.

Beal would also leave self-illustrated flyers around the town in the hope of finding a girlfriend. One of these flyers was discovered by Found Magazine who put Beal on the cover of their magazine. Found later released a limited-edition box set called The Willis Earl Beal Collection, which included Beal’s poetry, artwork and a 17-song album. Through these flyers and the subsequent coverage in Found, Beal was contacted by more than 100 members of the public. Beal participated in auditions for Simon Cowell’s The X Factor television show, but dropped out of the “boot-camp” stage of the competition.

In 2012, Beal signed a recording contract with Hot Charity, an imprint of independent record label, XL Recordings. Beal’s first single for the labels, “Evening’s Kiss” was released on February 17, 2012 and the accompanying music video was illustrated by Beal. Beal’s debut album, entitled Acousmatic Sorcery was released on April 2, 2012.

His new album is titled Nobody knows. and was released in the US on September 10th, 2013. He will also star in a film entitled ‘MEMPHIS’ directed by Tim Sutton which premiered at the 2013 Venice film festival.

Published on Sep 24, 2013

From the Incubate festival website:
One of the most authentic soul voices in modern music, and a terrifyingly intense live performer
His voice is so intimidating it could be a bouncer for a nightclub. His voice is so sensual it could satisfy all your girlfriends while you’re out of town. He is Willis Earl Beal. He came from the streets, and over the last years he has become one of the most intense soul performers around. Style over substance over style over substance, Beal knows that he needs to entertain people to get them to listen. And listen we will.

Irish Band The Strypes don’t take succes for granted – Interview

The Strypes interview – Josh and Ross (part 1)

Published on Sep 25, 2013
Josh and Ross about quitting school, writing their own songs, Blue Collar Jane, Snapshot, capturing the live energy, working with Chris Thomas, admiration, the future.

The Strypes interview – Josh and Ross (part 2)


We complain about the state of the charts and how all pop music has become pointless drivel spewed out by talentless, money grabbing twats – who only see music as a means of profit and not as art.

But when a young (lest we forget they are 15 and 16 year olds – I doubt Lennon was doing anything particularly ground breaking at that age) group of talented musicians who seem to have a genuine interest in music come along all anyone can seem to do is attack them.

The rat pack of the music industry have been salivating and doing their weasel weiner dance (insert Redfoo from LMFAO’s “wiggle dance”) over Haim, a group that seem more interested in being interviewed, playing festivals and hanging with celebrities than writing good fucking songs. It took them eight years to release an album with only four new songs written by other people!

The Strypes are an Irish four-piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Cavan, Ireland, formed in 2008 consisting of Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums). The band played the local scene with various members switching parts as they searched for their sound. They draw inspiration from 60’s blues boom and 70’s pub rock bands such as Dr. Feelgood, Eddie and the Hot Rods, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Lew Lewis and Rockpile as well as the original bluesmen and rock ‘n’ roll artists such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among others. The band members’ current ages are 16 to 18 years.