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Willie J Healey

Willie J Healey
666 Kill

Willie J Healey developed his skills via the old school method of acoustic shows and local support gigs. Being able to record at home only amplified his abilities, and a couple of EPs released on small indie labels attracted the attention of Columbia, who hoped he’d emerge as the next Ed Sheeran.

But as comparisons with everyone from Deerhunter, Kurt Vile and Mac DeMarco to Chris Isaak and Lou Reed emerged, it was clear that he was instead destined to be the one and only Willie J Healey. It was a great experience with some ups and downs, but his goal was more simple and remains unchanged – to be able to write songs that he likes and then share them with audiences. His latest EP set to be released by new music champions YALA! Records.

Everything is now in place for Willie J Healey to live up to his limitless potential. “I try not to be too aware of trends, so I can focus on writing the best song I can regardless of whether I think it will be cool or not.” He notes how the great albums of the ‘70s feel out of time in contrast to the booming drums and slick production that places many ‘80s records firmly within their era. “A timeless classic will never go out of fashion.”



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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Festival Wristband, Artist Wristband, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
From: Oxford, UK-ENGLAND
Subgenre: Indie Rock
Event Type: Showcase