Episode eight of Turning heads features London musician Will Westerman aka Westerman. Wetserman’s debut album Your Hero Is Not Dead came out in June 2020.
Will was born, raised and continues to be based in West London. He started releasing music under the Westerman name in 2016. His first few singles were acoustic folk numbers in the vein of Nick Drake.
Working with producer Bullion (aka Nathan Jenkins), Westerman’s sound expanded on his next few singles, ‘Edison’, 'Easy Money' and ‘Confirmation’. The evolution continued right up until the album, which recalls avant-pop songwriters like Talk Talk, Arthur Russell and the Blue Nile.
Will and I spoke about his stylistic growth over the four year period leading up to the album and what his working relationship is like with Bullion. We also looked at Will’s principles when it comes to writing lyrics and melodies and how to use his voice.
Turning heads is recorded on the stolen land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation; the traditional custodians of the land. I pay my respects to their elders past and present, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded.