What's up Leafers? Welcome to the latest edition of On the Rise where we interview upcoming hip hop talent. Today's guest is producer, Waves. Waves is straight out of Arizona USA but his grind is global. Wave's been gaining a buzz in his home town so we had to tap in with him! Check out the interview below.
Westleaf Staff: What's up, Waves? Your production is dope. When did you start making music?
Waves: I first started making music in junior high. I played trumpet in my school’s band which opened me up to creating. Where I really found my love for music was writing. I would write lyrics to instrumentals I made in my head. They weren’t the best, but they were everything to me at that age.
Westleaf Staff: That's dope! What city do you represent?
Waves: I don’t represent a city. But I was born in Douglas, Arizona.
Westleaf Staff: Shout out to finding Douglas. So how did you create your stage name?
Waves: My producer name is w a v e s. I based my name off the rollercoaster of emotions that many go through while chasing their dreams. The ups and downs.
Westleaf Staff: I think it's dope. So how did your early life shape your interest in music?
Waves: My mom was big on music. She’d play her favorite songs every chance she’d get. We’d go on cruises just so she could listen to her cassettes. I fell in love with music and the idea of being the one behind the mic. I’d sing along to songs imagining I was singing for the masses. I wanted so badly to be a vocalist growing up.
Westleaf Staff: So who is your biggest Musical influence?
Waves: I have always been a fan of Noah 40 Shebib and his work. He influenced the way I engineer my music. When it comes to my creations, I pull inspiration from just about everywhere from Timbaland to Tainy.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Those are some legends! What's been the defining moment in your music career thus far?
Waves: When I stopped measuring my success off financial gain, I was able to see the progress I’ve truly made. I think that was a defining moment for my mental as well as my confidence that has helped boost me in the right direction.
Westleaf Staff: So cool! So what makes you a unique artist?
Waves: After experimenting with different sounds, genres, and techniques, I have found my niche in genre-bending. Versatility is something I pride myself on.
Westleaf Staff: Dope! Much respect. So what does art mean to you?
Waves: Art is an experience. Individually, we can find art in just about anything. Whether we choose to see it is the question.
Westleaf Staff: That's deep! Where do you see your music career going over the next few years?
Waves: I have been fortunate enough to build a network full of artists, producers, industry executives, and tons of others. My music career will be taking off very soon and I will be traveling to work and collaborate with artists and producers from around the world.
Westleaf Staff: I wish you much success this year! Before we go, describe music in three words.
Waves: Frequencies, vibrations, and energy.
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