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Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – WIESE

Tell Us About:

Your latest single you have released:

My latest single ‘Hear Me’ is a bright pop, deep house tune exploding in colour and life. It’s a summer breeze, bursting with exotic flavours and tropical soundscapes. The main synth melody is catchy, carrying a flow of energy and keeping you feeling happy and alive. After a year in lockdown and finally starting to see things opening again, the vibe I felt was uplifting, energetic and happy. 

Your first single and how you felt when it was released:

The first single I released as WIESE was a cover version of ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’. I did all the vocals myself on that one, both lead and harmonies, and it felt great to be back after a long break without releasing music. For me the strongest feeling was the nostalgic relationship I’ve always had to the Lion King-movie and its soundtracks, and I know a lot of people feel the same. Because of this, I felt a lot of pressure and really had to put in my best, try to retain the good vibe and let everything be respectful to the original. It’s done well on Spotify with nearly 5 million plays to date, so hopefully that’s a sign that people like my version of it.

Your favourite song that you have created so far:

I guess ‘I Fell’ has to be one of my favorite songs. It just has this original groovy funk-vibe that gets pretty cool when you mix it with modern synth-elements and vocal chops. At the same time, it has an interesting bassline that drives it forward and makes you want to hear it again. The lyrics and vocal also fits good in the mix, so worth checking out for those who haven’t heard it yet.

Your favourite song to play live:

Of my own tracks, I’ve got to say ‘Never Let Me Go’. It’s a pretty catchy singalong song with a latino-inspired reggaeton-beat that has summer written all over it. The beat and key offer a lot of great opportunities for cool mashups and harmonic mixings, so as a DJ it’s a fun song to play live.

Your most emotional track:

I think I have to say ‘Loyal’ which is a topic I really care about. Loyalty can be faithfulness and devotion to your better half, family, friends, supporters or whatever team or case you engage in. It’s not grey, it’s black or white. You’re either loyal completely or not at all. Loyalty is what makes us human and the glue that makes us stick together. It’s just so powerful, at the same time, and probably the best thing about it, is that you cannot buy it. Those who have it, give it for free. I don’t mean to be sentimental or anything and it’s not like all my songs have a message. But for this one I was kind of excited to make it about something meaningful.

The best lyric you have ever written:

My newest single ‘Hear Me’ is at least the timeliest and perhaps also the best lyrics I’ve written. It touches on the freedom after post-lockdown confinement and the excitement at the prospect of travel and adventure coming back into full swing. Explored through the male and female vocals the track leans towards their future of exploring again. The song is telling a story about what lockdown has done to us as human beings, our ability to be close to each other and our need to explore things the way we used to.

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show:

It’s the best feeling in the world and my adrenaline’s boiling in a way I’ve never experienced elsewhere. The feeling I get when I see happy people dancing to my music and perhaps even singing along, is just priceless. For me, it’s one of the main reasons for making music at all.

The hardest track to play live:

I don’t think I have any track that is harder to play live than the others. I mean, obviously I’ve had both good and bad performances, but they’re not usually related to any particular songs. If I feel I haven’t performed as good as I expected, I try to use it for learning and improvement. The gigs that follow after a not so good gig are often some of my best, because then I really prepare, concentrate and try to turn things around.

Essential items you always take on tour with you?

My laptop, my personal headset and my USB-sticks. Pretty easy going, huh? Also, I don’t have any demanding rider backstage. Just a couple of decent speakers, some beer and snacks and I’m good to go. Oh, and bathroom with a mirror!

Describe your fans in three words:

Best fans ever.

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

I like having the flexibility to be impulsive and, in this business, you never know what’s going to happen. I’m currently working on some cool new songs, but I haven’t set any release dates yet. I’m still in the process of building my catalogue, at the same time I’m also really excited about things opening up again, so I’ll definitely cease every opportunity to play live. Hopefully it’ll lead to some great new songs and cool gigs going forward.

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