Catching Up With Wakai

Catching Up With Wakai

Where are you from?

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Have your surroundings shaped you in a creative sense, and in what way?

The lack of people pushing creative platforms & just music culture in Baton Rouge made me seek it. Started looking for the most experimental outlandish stuff I could find & it molded me into cherishing the stuff I promote now.

What’s your background like?

Music household my people grew up in Louisiana typical southern stuff. Grew up with 2 sisters they both would sing in the choir & that lead me to doing drums in the church. My pops was a Dj in the 90s so he would put me on a lot of music from Pac to Erykah Badu to Marvin Gaye, Earth Wind & Fire. To be honest he put me on everything

Who are your top 5 favorite artists?

Eryakh Badu, Andre 3000, Earl Sweatshirt, Isaiah Rashad, Frank Ocean

What made you start making music?

Like around 2013-2015 it was sooo much good mixtapes & albums coming out like Faces by Mac Miller and Good Kid Mad City. I never heard an album cinematic to the point it sounded like a film. Since I was young I would love storytelling in music cause when I hear songs I visualize films or music videos, partially the main reason I picked up film as a major in college cause I wanted to learn how to make my music the most cinematic experience to the point people could close their eyes and be moved.

Who are your biggest influences?

Isaiah Rashad, Andre 3000, Brent Faiyaz

What’s your favorite song at the moment?

Naan – Childish Major

What keeps you going? How you doing mentally?

Helping people. Yo, I have literally been going around asking people about they day just to spark conversation to see how they really feeling & if they need to be lifted up. Mentally since coming to college this year its been a weird transitional phase tryna balance doing shows while going to class wishing I was on stage instead of the desk. Each time I put out content it just boosts my headspace. Even when people repost my stuff that’s just like the best feeling knowing someone connected or felt moved.

How would you describe your style?

Lofi – Gumbo. I like to give that feeling of a kickback in the 90s while meshing the current stuff I could bump today. Almost like Gumbo a mixture of different elements to make a dish. I try to make stuff all ages could vibe to, old heads could peep my lyricism, just like my homies could mosh to that same song.

What do you hope to accomplish in 2019?

4 city regional tour with my homie Josè Xavier, the release of my own magazine, more clothes & merch, definitely more content in general from the songs to the visuals & even projects. I got some things cooking up with my brother attaboijim, he’s a producer from the Bay, been cooking up with him for the last 3-4 months every day trying to make this project. And overall just peace in the fact I’m making art that can save someone’s headspace or even their life how some of the artists saved mine in the past, wanna show people I feel them cause not enough people being reached the main reason we not coexisting.

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