At 20 years of age this young DJ/Producer originally from Melbourne has cemented his position as the undisputed KING of the now globally loved Melbourne Sound and is undoubtedly the fastest rising star in the current Australian dance music scene.  Will was happy to catch-up with Pearl magazine on his short stopover in Melbourne – his hometown. 

Since his genre-defining track, ‘Ah Yeah!’ hit #3 on the Beatport overall charts at the tail end of 2012, the Melbourne-bred sensation has been voted #1 DJ in Australia by the public for 2014’s inthemix awards picked up the inthemix Awards gong for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, been head-hunted to remix one of the biggest pop songs of 2013 ‘Blurred Lines’, set off on his debut North American and European tours and scored a spot on the bills of a number of internationally recognised festivals such as Tomorrow World, and Future Music Festival. Will is a headline act for Stereosonic 2014.

Will’s sound makes him a wanted man around the world.  Could it be the underground Melbourne beats coming out or him reverting back to his heavy metal, head banging days of young when he was part of a heavy core group?  Picking up a guitar in his formative years and thrashing Will mentioned the bands he loved “Killswitch Engage, and my favorite was definitely Trivium….. Oh, and Lamb of God –  I was a bit of a shredder as well. As in, old school metal” Will went on to say that “he is still in the head banging music industry, just now its electric, he likes to keep the hard beat there – keeps everyone moving”.

When speaking with Will the feeling is chilled, he speaks like a pro – you would never know the guy is probably jetlagged out of his mind and I am just in the line-up of calls for him to speak with today; somehow he makes me feel comfortable – relaxed.  He is a huge fan of all Australian music; from Sticky Fingers to Aussie Hip Hop.  I am certain he is on the lookout for the next remix where he can tweak the beats with his musical talents and energetic electro-house beats to twist to the Will Sparks sparkle.

Wanted in clubs all over America – he is about to embark on his next US tour. Aptly named the ‘Bounce Bus tour’ will have Will Sparks, Joel Fletcher (#3 DJ in Oz) and Timmy Trumpet (#2) travelling around the US on a bus for three months, playing at some of the biggest venues and festivals in the country; starting August 28th.    It will be hot…I am sure there is an Australian tour on the way…Pearl could just not pry it out of him.

With now over 230 Thousand fans on Facebook, an ever-increasing number of sold-out shows and a debut album in the making and over 5 million plays on Sound Cloud – there are absolutely no signs of this superstar quieting down any time soon. Will Sparks, is in the thick of a very impressive twelve months – watch this space for more to come!

MELINDA RANSOM

 

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