Who is William Elvin?
Hong Kong-based Filipino singer-songwriter is in a never-ending search for his soul – chronicling his blurry memories and observations of the eclectic mix of faces and circumstances that surround him via the art of songwriting. In his hometown of Manila, he had already etched his name into the hearts and minds of Philippine musical theater fans through his songs in the acclaimed “Mula sa Buwan” and “Maxie the Musical.” In Hong Kong, he is a regular resident and working man while still performing his original music in various live gigs and events.
Drawing from influences like the folk-rock angst of Bob Dylan, to the quirky lyricism of Ben Folds, the melodic grunge of The Smashing Pumpkins, the nerdy pop hooks of Weezer and the brash musical and lyrical grit of the Philippines’ Eraserheads, William Elvin's songwriting voice is diverse and wide-ranging.
His latest album, named 'Faces/Phases', is a musical and lyrical rollercoaster of emotions and topics such as alienation, addictions, obsessions, the innocence and subsequent dangers of love, and fear of abandonment, but with ever-present rays of hope shining on them.
William's music has been described as “brilliant” and “soulful, propulsively melodic” by the Philippine Daily Inquirer and “theatrical but authentic” by ABS-CBN News, He has also been featured in major media outlets in Hong Kong, including RTHK (Radio Television Hong Kong) and the South China Morning Post.
William Elvin has self-produced three full-length albums, Faces/Phases (2020) The Musicalianation of William Elvin (2013) and Sacred/Profane/Mundane (2019), as well as Happy Days Ahead: The Home Recordings (2017) — a compilation album featuring his earlier works, and a live album recorded in Manila in 2019.