Tell us more about your recent EP, "Demons Dancing." What stitches the tracks together and what message do they send?
For me, Demons Dancing is a conceptual follow up to my last EP, Heartbreak House. I wanted the perfect soundtrack to a night out with your girls. I love writing in concepts and taking my fans through a story. The entire month of October (in honor of Halloween) I dropped hints, quotes, and photos to tease the title of the EP and each song. Separately the songs can stand alone but sonically they roll right into each other as well.
For those young artists deciding between tradition college or perhaps a music school like Icon Collective which you attended, what advice would you give to them so that they feel like they are making the right decision for themselves?
I did both! I graduated from Cal State Northridge and then did Icon as my "grad" school. Personally, I wanted a college experience and I was still figuring out what route in music I wanted to take. I think that in order to get the best experience out of a music school like Icon, it is helpful to have a vision for your project and sound before going in. While I was at CSUN, I was a working DJ and really honing in my craft so by the time I got to Icon I had a clear vision of what I wanted to accomplish. Looking back, I would say that a person should go to school when they have an idea of what they want to do in order to make the most of their time and money.
I also think that the music is MOST important and speaks for itself. Bookings come from people knowing and connecting to your music so don't expect bookings right out the gate. Be patient, build an audience, self promote and lay down the foundation so both you and the promoter are happy at the end of the night.
What can you tease for us about the future of Wenzday and 40oz Cult?
I have a bunch of new songs dropping early 2020 and collaborations with some amazing artists like KANDY, Birthdayy Partyy, and Dread MC. I think that I really dialed in my sound and direction for my music this past year and I can't wait to expand on it. For 40oz Cult, we have some insane talent from a variety of genres releasing music through the end of the year and we are currently preparing new merch designs for our Black Friday drop and next year.
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