About Wilton Said
One could call WILTON SAID... a “Drama King”. Not in the egocentric diva way, but with his music and more specifically his vocals. Not content with singing every song and every lyric with the same mundane tone, Wilton utilizes a range of vocal tones and dynamics that help propel the music, lyrics and listener on a sonic journey, all which can be heard on his current release titled “Half Life”.
“I’ve always been interested in the dynamics of vocalists. Singers like Fish(ex Marillion), Steve Hogarth(Marillion), Freddie Mercury(Queen), Kate Bush, Bats for Lashes, David Bowie, Maynard James Keenan(A Perfect Circle) all have a way of holding back with the softest of voices and then letting rip with an aggressive intensity that really helps to lift the music into the theatrical realm. This is something I try to do with my own music and voice.
In addition to vocal dynamics, Wilton is also very much into the dynamics and drama of the music. His musical style can be described as Art Rock and includes varying degrees of moods, time changes, odd structures, and Pop/Rock genres. In listening to his music it’s no surprise to learn that artists such as Marillion, Rush, Judas Priest, Genesis, Kate Bush, Supertramp, Catherine Wheel and The Cure have all been influential in his style.
Helping Wilton with his dramatic and eclectic sounds are long running band members, shoe gazer Chris Reid with his angular, textural and sometimes Pop Punkish Guitar stylings, skilled and tasteful Drummer Richard Rizzo, and Frank Heisler keeping the music grounded with his groove oriented Bass playing.
WILTON SAID...'s current release "Half Life" dives once again into the more darker issues such as, multiple personalities on the moody title track “Half Life”, addictions on the 5/8 alternative rocker “Endorphin Crash”, and revenge lust on the straight ahead rocker “Down”. That’s not to say it’s all doom and gloom as there’s a hope and calmness on this this release on songs like the 14 minute epic “Simple” and the light jazzy yet spacey “City on the Water”. This release also features a first for WILTON SAID... as it includes a somber yet dynamic classical cover song titled “Bydlo” which is part of the Pictures at an Exhibition suite by Modest Mussorgsky. Of course, describing the sonics of WILTON SAID... is no comparison to actually hearing them which one can do via his website at wiltonsaid.com
WILTON SAID..., who holds a Degree in Musical Composition from York University, has been performing in the G.T.A. promoting his various CD's through live shows and interviews.