Nickname: Shorty/reBoot/Sir Billiam
Hometown: Madison, WI
Joined FS: Fall 2007
Graduated FS: Spring 2009
Birthday: February 5
FS Solos: “Lost” by Michael Buble
“Undefeated champion of the Cakes for Kids pancake eating contest. Also, tall.”
What are your favorite recorded a cappella tracks? Classically, “The Rose” by The King’s Singers is my favorite song of all time. It’s the definition of perfect ensemble singing. Everyone in the world should hear it at least once. For contemporary a cappella, it’s “Time (Bring It On)” and “Caravan,” both by Brandeis VoiceMale. In terms of pure ridiculousness, Deke Sharon’s muted trumpet on the House Jacks’ recording of “Summertime” is the most unbelievable vocal instrument I’ve ever heard – more than worth the $0.99 on iTunes.
What are your favorite (non-UW) a cappella groups? The King’s Singers, Basix, House Jacks, Tufts Beelzebubs, UPenn Off The Beat, Brandeis VoiceMale, Bobby McFerrin
What was the first a cappella song you ever heard? I have no idea. I’m not sure if it’s completely a cappella, but when I was little I used to rock my socks to “Yellow Submarine” by The King’s Singers, so that’ll have to count. Bobby McFerrin was also a huge influence.
What is your favorite Fundamentally Sound memory? 3-way tie between the entire audience dancing to “Shout” at our ’08 spring show, FS winter tours in ’08 and ’09, and getting to hear every part of Stratosphere tracked in the studio.
What was the first song you ever performed with Fundamentally Sound? Either “This Love” or “Shout” at Cakes for Kids, after having to learn a full set list of music in a matter of days (our first gig that year was the weekend after callbacks…). Also, no mention of choreo had been made beforehand, so all the mutes were left out to dry on some of the songs… Luckily, I stand in the back 😀
Have you ever won the Fundamentally Sound March Madness pool? No, but I’ve come close enough that I’d like to claim moral victories over all the people that actually follow basketball seriously and finished below me. Eat it.
What are you up to now? What are you up to now? I’m studying Recording Arts at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL, doing everything from music production and audio engineering to sound design for movies. It’s amazing, but I miss Madison (especially FS) and I look forward to the day I can move back to where there’s somewhere with SNOW. Need something recorded, mixed or just need advice on audio? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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