Five Questions With Drew William

Drew William, otherwise known as Drew Wolitarsky, who plays for the CFL’s Winnipeg Bluebombers has started up a music career, and has released his brand new single, “Every Body”.

Combining aspects of funk, soul, folk, and soft rock in his music, Drew William encapsulates his audience with songs about connection and other pursuits of mankind.

The new single, “Every Body,” is a song that fights the stigma of individualism and recognizes the power people have together, whether the pursuit is considered good or bad. His use of harmonies in the track adds another layer to his diverse sound and the pairing with his introspective lyrics offers an enriching musical experience.

“Lyrics come from memory, from emotion, and sometimes from something outside of myself,” Drew says. “Every Body” seemed appropriate due to the current climates (in all terms) of the world. It is kind of song to reflect on, to look at our lives and make sure that what we are doing is what’s not only best for us but for others and the world that connects us.”

Check out the single below, and find out more about Drew via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I always find introductions funny because it would be so different if this was a dating site or something like that. Is this a good place to put “long walks on the beach?”

I wish I could just hang out with thousands of people at a time and just get to know each other. (Covid safe of course)…

Anyway, my name is Drew William but my real last name is Wolitarsky. Real long, Prussian. I played football and am still currently playing in the CFL but love music and hate the stigma I live with. Trying to change that, just being myself.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Lately, it’s been very related to this humanitarian experience, trying to figure out why we do what we do, why we believe in things, and abandon others. It’s been introspective, it has to be or there is some lack of transparency; like how can you look at the world and ask ‘why’ without looking at yourself and asking the same. So it’s been interesting in so many ways but I feel like my best music is coming out when I’m being most honest with myself.

As far as writing I usually start with a line or a rhythm and flow with it, let it take me, some voice trying to speak and I’m just listening, paying attention, a diligent student and active participant.

What have you been doing to keep yourself creative during the pandemic?

Sitting in a room with all my toys. Next question.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

I guess this one is easy for me because I just released my first single, so if you dig that then there is much more coming in the next month, then I would have to say listen to whatever hits you the most. I like to create with a wide range of emotion and some of that is for some people and some isn’t, listen to what feeds that soul and what serves you at this moment and jive to that my friends.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

oh, here is a strange fact, and many of you will be disappointed, but I didn’t know about The tragically Hip until this year. I’m 25. Grew up in Cali and went to college in Minnesota. We never really rocked to that. My fav Canadian right now is Bahamas (big shoutout). Isn’t Cohen Canadian? The dude is a master poet, and I love words with heart in them.
I need more Canadian recommendations if I’m being honest.

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