A CONVERSATION WITH WASI TOWNSEND

Tracking down Wasi was like finding Waldo in a Burning Man Mardi Gras Lollapalooza.  Between back to back gigs all over town, perfecting tracks in the studio, and non stop rehearsals, I caught up with Wasi through a series of conversations and email.   Here's what he had to say about music, life, and his exciting new album about to drop:

db:
So, Wasi, where are you from originally?

WASI:
I'm from the East Coast and moved around up north.  I went to a different school every year my first twelve years.

db:
When did you become interested in music?

WASI:
I  found my self adaptable to connecting and reconnecting.  I had no idea what I wanted to do , I think the first instinct of music that happened is I dreamed of making people's hair stand up on the back of their neck like mine did when  a song would move me I was nine.  I didn't rediscover music till I was nineteen.

db:
What is your musical experience?

WASI:
I am self taught.

db:
Describe your sound, your music as its developed over the years.

WASI:  
I'm constantly exploring the line between emotion and structure and I always went in the direction of emotion.  It takes on a very signature sound behind the beat swagger.

db:
Where do you see yourself and WASI & MADLOVE in the next few years?

WASI: 
In the next two years I see us three EP's and two albums deep, a regional tour in the works.  In the next five years, we are aiming for radio play, label offers, a breaking showcase, and appearances of late night TV.

db:  
What's the biggest challenge as a musician?

WASI:
I think the biggest challenge is an artist believing in themselves.  Musicians are technicians, artists are visionaries.


Well said.


Stay tuned for more conversations like this one from MADLOVE's Jordan and Raheem....

rock rock on....


db
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