Today we’d like to introduce you to $wish.
$wish, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I grew up in Buford, GA. Basically, it’s a city close enough to Atlanta that all the artists in the area claim to be based out of the city, but that never seemed to fit the path I wanted to set out for myself. I’ve always felt that the thing that sets the best musicians apart from the seasonal ones is a sense of authenticity. They not only have their own style on the track, but their lifestyle isn’t based on trying to shadow everyone else.
Based on this idea, I set some goals and couldn’t wait to graduate high school and move into the heart of Atlanta to make a name for myself. However, before I could even learn to EQ, I lost my dad to a motorcycle accident. My whole life flipped on its head. People tried to help with their religious jargon and family recipe dishes, but it only made me push further away from those around me.
Music seemed to take me into someplace far away, the only desire I had at the time. I quickly became obsessed with Learning ProTools and all it has to offer. When faced with the decision of what to do after high school, I chose to go to a music school, Recording Connection, where I got the opportunity to work day in and day out at Stankonia Studios.
In 2016, I was able to perform for the first time with the help of Higgy, the woman who recommended me to your magazine. Since then, I have worked diligently to improve my stage performance, following, and musical understanding. I now have a crew equipped with a manager, producer, and videographer.
I am expecting a high volume of support towards my upcoming album release this summer as we have already established and put into place promotional events and activities with positive feedback.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I had to learn that throwing money at someone will not make them work harder for you nor will it make them loyal to you. The only way to establish a true fan base and crew is to make real relationships with people.
Invest in their ideas, and they will likely not hesitate to invest in yours. I lost a huge sum of money trying to grow with people who didn’t have the best intentions at heart. I look past it without regret, however, because I am thankful to have learned the lesson as early on as I did.
Please tell us about PROgression Records.
PROgression Records is a brand new company based around the hope of bringing together people who are passionate about what they do, particularly musicians.
When artists come to record, the whole staff does our best to ensure everyone feels comfortable and supported, because that’s when you are able to make the best art. We are in the business of mood by sound. It’s who we are.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I had a rough childhood, and unfortunately, I often don’t recall who I was or how I was feeling.
It sounds dark, but it has set me up for greater success as I aspire to be the crutch for kids going through similar troubles as I did.
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