Former lead singer finds his voice in solo career

Former lead singer finds his voice in solo career

William Beckett's new EP is available on iTunes on April 17th

After nine years, singer/songwriter William Beckett has graduated from the academy.
Former lead singer of the rock band, The Academy Is…, released his solo EP, Walk the Talk, today, April 17.
“I’ve got such a clear vision of what I want to do with music that didn’t line up with what the band was doing,” Beckett said. “The honorable thing was to end it when we did instead of forcing out music and trying to pull one over on our fans, which I would never do.”
Beckett recently called into Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s radio station, KTAI, to talk about the transition from band to solo artist.
“The writing process now is different because I had written with one guy for seven years,” Beckett said. “We wrote for every record together and we got really used to it, and we did a lot of great stuff together.”
Since going solo, Beckett has written music on his own, as well as with several producers.
“I was like, ‘Wow this is what writing is like? This is what a true collaboration is, wow I’m having a great time, I’m not second guessing every move,’” Beckett said. “It’s been fantastic and I feel like I’ve been able to really be myself.”
Beckett said he takes full responsibility for The Academy Is…’s breakup last year, but it is something he felt had to be done.
“We turned into one trick ponies and it wasn’t fun anymore,” Beckett said. “It felt more like a tedious homework assignment instead of a therapeutic outlet, which is what it should be.”
The Academy Is… released their last album in 2009, Lost in Pacific Time EP, since then Beckett has released his solo single, “Compromising Me” off his new EP.
“I realized exactly why I do what I do, and why I started writing songs and performing in the first place; that’s essentially what the song is about,” Beckett said. “It’s about being true to myself and not apologizing for who I am.”
After going solo, Beckett says there was a disconnection between him and the former band’s record label; in the end, he left Fueled by Ramen and released his EP with Yike Records.
“It came to a point where I thought ‘Do I want to sell my soul, do I want to sing songs that aren’t my own?’ and it was a simple answer after that,” Beckett said. “[When] love and life get thrown into the mix, which is what the rest of the songs are about, it’s always an interesting tale.”