At 19, Mr Wize has fingers in all the right pies: music video director, artist and singer all in. The Darq E Freaker associate sings ‘X’ for Wonderland Sessions and lets us into his freaky world.
The ‘mister’s in his name for a reason. Sharp and nimble beyond his 19 years, Mr Wize has collaborated with everyone from artist Matthew Stone, Cassette Playa and Mykki Blanco (you can spot him in the latter’s Haze.Boogie.Life video). But as this exclusive live session goes, he’s pretty good at selling his music too – as you’ll soon hear, his debut track ‘X’ is a joy.
Where did it all begin with you?
I started filming bits bobs around college with the classic VHS Cam, then you can pretty much say my life started to change rapidly from there. I began to collaborate with amazing artists, met Matthew Stone and here I am now: a musician.
You’re a very visual artist. Do you prefer creating the vision or executing it?
Well, I like both. The idea of creating a concept and placing it into realisation gets me buzzing.
When did you first start writing and recording?
Music has always been a part of me. It’s in my blood. My dad used to be apart of a band in Ghana, colourblocked suits and all sorts. So I was basically digesting his music and the music around me. I started taking music seriously 2 years ago and it has been great journey ever since.
You’ve collaborated with a tonne of established acts. Give us a rundown of the best.
I’ve collaborated with the likes of Darq E Freaker, Venus X, Zebra Katz on visual projects. Darq E Freaker is my homeboy and i’m loving what he is doing in the UK at the minute. I really enjoyed working with Venus X too, she’s so cool and so Harlem, it was a great experience. In all everyone I’ve worked with have been awesome. Everything is memorable.
Who are you championing at present? Any emerging talent that we’re missing?
NZCA/Lines, are amazing! I would actually love to collaborate with them one day. They’re so rare and innovative. Another one would be Purity Ring they’re just as awesome. I’m really digging Blood Orange. He has been around for some time now, he is very artistic in the way he writes and produces his tracks.
Tell us about your work with Mykki Blanco.
He’s so cool, man. I got invited to cameo in two of his music videos that took place in UK. We’ve been homies from then on. I love how different and courageous he is.
Any more plans for your visual directing work?
I’ve kinda took a back seat with the visual stuff whilst I concentrate fully on my music. I still dabble with fashion films and music videos but I’m placing focus on visually directing my own music videos in particular.
Tell us a little bit more about the track ‘X’ that you performed for us?
The track is about an ex. I think most people have gone through situations that they know in their hearts of hearts it’s not good for them. I wasn’t ready to except change and became addicted to the relationship like it was a drug. I am planning to release my debut EP later this year which is all very exciting.
Words: Shane Hawkins (Follow Shane on Twiter @piccadilly_boy)