From his dreams to the poetic nature of life, the newcomer talks all things creative.
2022 is bringing with it many things. From the prospect of new beginnings to hotly-anticipated movie releases and, according to the news, plenty more hype-worthy fashion collaboration. But, above all, the one thing we are most excited about is the revamp our Spotify playlists are going to receive as some of the UK’s fastest rising musical talents set out to treat to the world to a slice of their incomparable sound. With this in mind, we could not think of a better way to kick off the new year than by introducing you to the artists set to dominate the music industry in 2022. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy Wonderland’s Ones To Watch round-up.
Coming at us full force in 2021 with a plethora of hit was Wesley Joseph. From his introspective and compelling project “ULTRAMARINE” to his artistic and creative music videos, the rising Birmigham-hailed artist has captured the attention of many this past year, and is not slowing down.
With more music very closely on the way, Joseph gets real on all things music and life.
Check out our Ones to Watch with the artist below…
I AM Wesley Joseph.
BORN AND RAISED IN Birmingham and Walsall.
THE FIRST RECORD I FIRST FELL IN LOVE WAS Gorillaz – “Feel Good Inc.”
NOW IT REMINDS ME OF the CD player in my old bedroom.
MY BIGGEST INFLUENCES ARE in the emotional tides of life.
VISUALLY, I’M INSPIRED BY dreams.
MY MOST PERSONAL LYRIC IS ‘Cause I ain’t no killer with the complexion of sinner Tryna slide me my dinner, but you can’t paint my face You can’t paint my face, no’
IT’S ABOUT unapologetically being yourself in a world where perception and stereotype ‘paint your face’.
RIGHT NOW I’M WRITING ABOUT the poetic nature of life (past and present).
I HOPE MY MUSIC MAKES PEOPLE feel life moments a little more deeply while they’re here.
MY SUPERPOWER IS a passionate vision.
ONE PIECE OF ADVICE THAT’S STUCK WITH ME IS no one will believe in you more than yourself.
THE BEST GIG I’VE EVER SEEN WAS Kendrick Lamar at the O2.
THE BEST CROWD I’VE EVER PLAYED WAS in a dream.
THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT ME IS I’m loud/sociable.
MY BIGGEST LEARNING CURVE THIS YEAR WAS understanding the importance of patience, everything starts as a seed that grows.
THIS YEAR I’M YEAR PROUD OF catching up with myself, and achieving the things I set out to do.
I’M EVOLVING INTO an alien.
I WON’T COMPROMISE ON anything that lessens the art.
THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS us.
AS AN INDUSTRY, WE NEED TO embrace individualism.
BRING BACK televised music videos.
GEN Z IS next.
AT MIDNIGHT ON NYE, I’M WISHING FOR a universal cult fanbase.
SONG I’VE HAD ON REPEAT IN 2021 “Godspeed” by Frank Ocean.
SONG I’M BRINGING INTO 2022 – Fredrick vibes.
BEING INCLUDED AS ONE OF WONDERLAND’S ONES TO WATCH makes me feel appreciated.
MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION IS stay true to the vision and keep turning up for work.
NEXT YEAR I WILL shine brighter than last year.
NEXT YEAR YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO SANDAME.
NEXT YEAR I HOPE WE CAN ALL embrace live music properly.