“The things that I was questioning because they were different, those are the things I’m like…much more comfortable with and follow those things,” Jack McAllister explains.
Better known by the moniker, Willaris. K, the Northern NSW local has just wrapped up a quite frankly explosive 2018.
“I feel like where Willaris. K is going is much bigger than what it was at the start.”
The year that was saw McAllister tour across the country playing sold-out shows after the release of his debut EP Alchemy, as well as jetting off to play a series of summer festival slots throughout Europe, before closing the year at Beyond the Valley and Lost Paradise.
In December, the electronic producer treated us to Natural Selections, an EP that demonstrates his growth both technically and personally.
“What I’ve realised with music is it’s just a complete reflection of my life at that current point.
“Alchemy was inspired a lot by… a very negative time. I was an electrician before I started at this full time, so I had very limited time to make music.
“I came out of like a six year relationship earlier this year, there’s just like a lot of different things going…”
Last year also gave McAllister the opportunity to take on music fulltime, and his newfound freedom both professionally and personally has pushed Willaris. K to new heights.
“…I’m just immersed in it, and that definitely helps the music… I’ve been able to just write…” McAllister explained. He had a genuine note of excitement and contentment as he told me about his new direction in music, quietly confident in his evolving skills.
And he should be.
“When I was writing Alchemy I didn’t really know music, and I’m still like learning, but I’ve been able to make music every day for 18 months, so in that world, I’ve improved.”
But working fulltime in the music industry has its own set of new challenges.
“…. I find with having unlimited time is that when I was working full time [as an electrician] I had that time to pull myself away from that world and go and talk to other people and pull myself out of it…
“… as soon as I’d come home it’d be bang, straight into it. I had a lot of direction… I need to have a routine in my life, to try and like recreate that disconnection from it, to give me like a fresh perspective.”
McAllister certainly delivers a fresh perspective to electronic music, with his spacious cinematic soundscapes that seem equally as fitting for a Sci-Fi flick as they do at a festival. They’re moody, deep and dark, and audiences love it.
“I was very anxious bringing out my second song after the first one [Alchemy] was so successful,” McAllister confessed as he explained to me why there were 32 versions of Dour Night before he felt ready to release it.
He doesn’t produce that many track versions now, though.
“I think I’ve got better at just leaving something how it is… being at peace with imperfections.”