2018 APRA Silver Scroll winner Marlon Williams admits he’s always been a bit of coward when it comes to writing song.
Williams was presented with New Zealand’s premiere songwriting award at the Silver Scrolls in Auckland last night for “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore” from his internationally acclaimed album Make Way For Love, which was released earlier this year.
Accepting New Zealand’s premier songwriting award at the ceremony in Auckland Thursday night, the singer-songwriter confessed “putting anything of myself into my music is still something I find equally nauseating and enthralling by turn”.
However, Williams added: “But I definitely made a personal breakthrough in the writing of this album and in this song in particular. I am proud of this song because it taught me something — I’ve never had a song that I’ve written do that for me. For the first time I learned to cope with love and with grief through my own writing process.”
Williams also paid tribute to his former partner Aldous Harding, who dueted with him on “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore”. “I want to give a massive thank you to Aldous Harding – not only for giving her unmatched and timeless voice to this very personal song, but for so many years of discovery and friendship and love.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, meanwhile, was on hand to formally induct APRA chair Jenny Morris into the NZ Music Hall Of Fame.