Apr 07, 2014
Will Sparks

“There’s a lot of sh*t bounce out there at the moment; I want to change that.” With that statement, Aussie DJ Will Sparks lays out his mission–to bring the best in Melbourne sounds to the world. Find out about his upcoming singles, label, and the other members of his musical clan Down Under in our Miami Music Week interview.

Will Sparks - Catch (Original Mix) [Ultra]
LessThan3: How long have you been in the States on this current trip?
Will: I’ve been here for about three weeks now. I had a few shows before Miami, and quite a few afterwards as well. I’m here until the end of April.
LessThan3: How did your residency at the Wynn come about?
Will: On my last US tour, which was also my first one, I had a gig at XS’ Sunday Nightswim. Out of every night that weekend, I was the only night where all the tables sold, so they decided that they wanted to get a residency together for me.
LessThan3: Your tracks are branching out a bit from the standard big room electro sound, with a heavy dose of Melbourne bounce thrown in. Are you going into the game with the mindset of changing the current dance music landscape, or is it just happening that way without a concerted effort?
Will: It’s just me and how I want to make music. Before the EDM wave hit America I was producing the sounds you hear from me now. It’s almost like it was meant to be. We’re so blessed to be able to this.
LessThan3: Do you have a crew of artists in Australia that you work with frequently?
Will: We’re like a big family down there. It’s me, Joel Fletcher, J-Trick, SCNDL, Uberjak’d, Slice N Dice, Matt Watkins, and Timmy Trumpet. They’re all fantastic musicians. The Melbourne scene is really focused on those DJs.
LessThan3: You turned 21 recently. It must have been strange before coming from Australia to the US and suddenly not being of legal drinking age.
Will: It was like being 18 again in Australia. The last time I was in America I just had to play dumb sometimes to be able to get into the clubs and play.
LessThan3: We understand you have a lot of new singles in the works.
Will: I have so many singles that it’s turning into an LP because there’s so much there. I just signed to Ultra for a three-album deal. I’m not sure if I’m going to release an entire album or release a few singles and then an EP–everything has to fit in a schedule. The label will restrict you from putting it out right away because they want to market it, promo it, and make it as big as possible. I’m usually of the mindset of, “I don’t give a f*ck, just release it,” though. The industry these days is all about the #1 single on Beatport, but I’m just gonna keep making music and playing it out, so if you want to hear unreleased sh*t, come to my shows.
LessThan3: What was your musical upbringing?
Will: I grew up listening to acts like The Bee Gees, John Farnham, and Rod Stewart. From 12 to 17 I was into a lot of old school rock and metal. I would write my music with guitar. Then I encountered dance music and Melbourne bounce and I started putting my guitar riffs on the computer, and it eventually developed into what I’m making now.
LessThan3: We know you are associated with Interscope, but you also mentioned an Ultra album deal. How does that work?
Will: Interscope is a management deal. They get me vocals, writers, work with me on bookings, but the music doesn’t necessarily come out through them. I’ve also got my own label coming soon called Bourne Recordings.
LessThan3: What kind of music are you planning on releasing on Bourne?
Will: Really good bounce. There’s a lot of sh*t bounce out there at the moment; I want to change that.
LessThan3: Name some good bounce artists for us.
Will: Vinai are crazy good. TJR, Joel Fletcher, and SCNDL are all fantastic too.
LessThan3: If you had to choose one person to tour with for the rest of your career, who would it be?
Will: Jen Selter. She’s a huge social network craze–a fitness model. If not her, then Joel Fletcher. That’s an actual possibility.
LessThan3: What’s the difference between playing in the US and playing in Australia?
Will: There’s a lot more booty in your face in the US. Also, in Australia, people wiggle side to side. In America, they jump up and down and fistpump. Bottle service clubs don’t really exist in Australia, either.
LessThan3: What shows are you looking forward to in the US?
Will: EDC Vegas, if and when I get booked. Really looking forward to playing in New York again–I’m with Joel there on April 18 at Pacha.
LessThan3: If the world were ending in LessThan3 minutes, and you had an iPod with every song ever made on it, what would you listen to?
Will: Strobe by deadmau5.
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