20-year old Greg Wanders released his debut single “Wildfire” in June 2017 but in a few short months has made an indelible impression – his music a winning combination of expressive production and astute lyricism
Since his debut release he’s picked up support from the likes of BBC Three Counties, Stereofox and Acid Stag and is currently working on his debut EP.
Take a listen to recent track “Sines” and get to know Greg Wanders a bit better.
To the uninitiated, how would you describe your sound?
Always a difficult question! I'd say it lies somewhere within the electro-soul/R&B realm.
Your most recent track was “Sines”, what’s it about?
To put it simply, Sines is written about by my realisation of the deep-rooted connection between humans, and everything else really. It was an interesting one to write because it’s a topic I've wanted to write about for a while now and I guess I was worried that if I tried to write it, the way I felt may not be portrayed in the same light. But I swallowed my pride during a bittersweet studio session and the line "Sines everywhere that I go" just flowed out. As for the title, it just refers to the nature of sine waves being the simplest waveform which is kinda like a little reminder that no matter how complex we become we all have the same root essentially.
Who were you biggest musical influences growing up?
Bob Marley, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell, Shalamar, Mary J. Blige, Gorillaz and Coldplay.
You taught yourself to play musical instruments, what motivated you to start playing and have you always wanted to make music?
I think it was around when I was 12-13 I had become more aware of this love I had for certain songs, and I'd always wonder how they made it but never tried. Then one day my older brother asked me to learn and play a piano duet cover of 'Golden Brown' by The Stranglers for his homework and something just clicked. So I decided from there I'd started teaching myself piano from there, just learning covers of songs I liked at the time. At first it started a small hobby, so I decided I would take music at school as I thought I could do well at it. Then when I was 16 while I got really into folk, soul and blues and suddenly songwriting became a huge area of interest and I began to write.
I'd never really always wanted to make music but I was so interested in the power music had. For me it was Bob Marley. I remember my parents would put it on during long car journeys and it just completely had the power to change the way I felt. It was later though when I began to song write that I released the power of being able to transmute feelings, situations or experiences into something new and fresh that other people could deeply relate to or maybe just enjoy for what it is. But yeah, that's where I began to develop this desire to pursue music as a career and it's been growing ever since.
What kind of stuff inspires your songwriting?
Anything and everything that comes with the life we all know. Euphoric experiences, deep sadness and everything inbetween. A lot of the time I find myself writing about love. To be honest, it's always somewhere in a song whether its happy or sad. Recently I've had a number of experiences where I've felt this short-lived infatuation, and on each occasion I've written a song about it. So yeah that's been interesting. It definitely differs though, I mean, Wildfire and Sines were both about how I was feeling about life at the time which is quite personal but the stuff I'm writing now are personal in a completely new kinda way.
You’re working on your debut EP, what can people expect from it?
It's still quite early on to give away too much haha, but as it's going to be my first project out there in the world I aim for it to be an accurate representation of me as an individual.
What song are you currently playing on repeat?
Tom Misch - Movie
What’s next for you?
I'm currently writing for the EP, and developing ideas for a live setup. Alongside that I've got the final year of my my university degree going on so yeah just juggling everything really. I'm also in the process of getting some visual content down, it's a huge area of interest in fact, I'm doing my final year project around the subject haha! So yeah that should be fun...