Fresh, new take on rap & hip-hop. In conversation with Wav

Hailing from the Hollywood, CA, wav is a rather exceptional figure. An extremely driven and focused individual, he makes music the fulcrum of his livelihood, making an effort to bring his music – poignant, unconventional and mesmerising hip-hop – to a wider audience, not hiding the difficulties and the obstacles in his past. We discovered him through his latest release, ‘Hollywood’. Curious to know more about the Bay Area talent, we asked him a few questions. Here’s what he told us:

YMX: Hey wav, thanks for sitting down with us. What would you say to all our readers new to your project? 

WAV: Thanks for having me. hmmm to everyone new: please take me as I am with as few preconceptions as possible. I won’t fit very well into any category or mold that you had before you heard me. I guess I do not like to talk about this aspect much because it also creates a preconception (hopefully you read this after hearing the song), but it is a one-take freestyle that my engineer just cuts up into verses and hooks. Basically, every song I have put out is made in this way. I believe that by tapping into that state where its all feeling, no time to overthink, perfect or scrutinize the music you convey a more raw, real you through your art. and like for me good art is very self-honest. imperfection is beautiful. I struggle with several issues that have formed my approach to music, art and life.

YMX: When did you know that music was something you wanted to pursue at an artistic level? 

WAV: I always f****d with music. it was my first addiction. but it got real when I was taking care of someone close to me who was dying at a very transitional point in my life and I was just obsessing over the music during that time. I was in hella pain and struggling with so many different levels of shit. I just got studio time and some of the audio engineers started to notice me. then I realized I could really get a bag off this AND have an impact on the world.

YMX: You recently released a trap gem, ‘Hollywood’. Can you tell us how that project came about? 

WAV: Tbh the project just was me feeling a type of way one night in Hollywood. I produced the beat when I was at home helping out my mother whom I also have had to take care of and brought it back with me to the studio down in LA when I had to go back. My engineer was like yo go record something on this it’s hard. And I was like its good and I just happened to be really emotionally articulate that night I guess. I was definitely sober. I stay off some thing or another but I record best sober. Well my definition of ‘sober’!

YMX: What is the one thing you would like people to feel while listening to the track? 

WAV: I want people to feel as if they are entirely consumed by the space created in my instrumentation by my audio engineer and me. I want people to feel whatever it is they feel other than that. That’s what is dope about my music and like anime OSTs and foreign music as well- you can have two ppl listen to the same song and evoke two very different emotions sometimes. that’s dope to me.

YMX: How did the recent pandemic influence your creative process? is remote collaboration easy for you? 

This shit sucks. I had just started getting a few shows, and I mean I been hella stressing the impact on a personal/family level. other than that I fucking hate social media. its all cap and now it’s pretty much the only way to meet and develop your brand. I am bad at socializing but I can get drunk and become cool with anyone. I don’t mind people coming up to talk to me if I’m faded and that’s how a lot of connection I had gotten in LA came together.

 YMX: Do you feel more confident writing music alone, or within a team? 

WAV: I don’t write music and no one can distribute or create a genuinely good product from anything creative without a team IMO.

YMX: Can you name the last gig you played? Would you consider doing a livestream concert? 

WAV: the last gig I played was at this low key spot on melrose. it was a vibe. we live-streamed as well as had a limited number of ppl come thru because of covid.

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?

I have quite a lot of music scheduled actually: two EPs one a side B to my latest “exotic fish 2” and a secret EP dropping on the low. All stuff I produced and all type crazy heavy energy in it. Other than that i got a couple tracks i produced and had a open verse on that BIGBABYGUCCI hopped on when he was recording and working in LA.