Saved By The Belle: 002 – Nick Wisdom
‘Saved By The Belle’ is a platform for artists to speak up. Tour announcements, chart toppers, sold-out shows… all we read about as fans is success, winning, and the picture-perfect life that artists supposedly live. The ‘Saved By The Belle’ interview series is about authenticity and transparency – It offers artists an opportunity to share their story, speak up about causes they’re passionate about, talk about interests outside of music, etc. There are no restrictions and the only requirement is being genuine.
Another week, another episode of ‘Saved By The Belle.’ This time we’ve got Nick Wisdom on deck and we couldn’t be more excited to push his message of staying humble and committed to your work. His Intimate Strangers EP is out now and we also touch upon subjects like his Potatohead People crew, his side hustle, and learning lessons as an artist every day. Enjoy!
1. Hi Nick, Thanks for joining us for the second edition of our “Saved By The Belle” series. Before we get into anything, let’s start with something a bit simple – who are you and what should we know about you?
My name’s Nick Wisdom. I’m a producer & DJ from Vancouver, Canada. I’m in a group called Potatohead People & co-host a radio show called Polar Radio. You can listen live on Friday’s 12-2pm PST at www.nofunradio.com.
2. Your Intimate Strangers EP is smooth and subtle sexiness to it. How would you classify your sound and what’s the motive here?
Over the past few years I’ve spent a lot of time collecting records, particularly Funk & House records for playing out. At some point I realized that I wanted to make records that fit with what I was digging so that I could play them in my sets too. I would say my sound is a good mix between those two things.
3. Talk to me about the corporate divide. Some would say money and art don’t mix but you’ve obviously been supported by some pretty big brands like Mercedes and Netflix. Would you say that affects the way you think creatively when making a song?
I’ve been very lucky to have had the opportunity work with some of these big brands without compromising my artistic integrity. I think it’s important to stay true to yourself and your art. If money is your motive you might not be in the right industry. There are always exceptions though.
4. You’re in some great company with the Potatohead People crew. What sets this particular collective of artists apart from the rest?
Potatohead People is my friend Nate (AstroLogical) and I. We’ve been friends for years and have been making beats together for almost 10 years. What I think might set us apart is that our sound is inspired by a wide range of styles of music.
5. Tell us about a lesson you’ve learned recently about being a producer in the modern music landscape.
Support your local scene and the young talent within it. Don’t be afraid of it.
6. Is there a side hustle outside of music? How do you sustain your lifestyle when music isn’t selling ?
For a long time I worked as a cook but I always told myself I didn’t want to end up one of those 40 year old grumpy kitchen guys who hates his life haha. I work at a brewery right now. I guess you could call me a bottle boy. I DJ around town from time to time.
7. What do you see as your biggest obstacles to overcome as an artist today?
Finding a way to promote myself without feeling like an idiot. Also, finding ways to stay inspired while working full time and taking care of all that other life stuff.
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