Q&A: W A V Y

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Why do they call you W A V Y?
They call me W A V Y cuz I’m oceanic.

How would you describe your sound?
My sound is W A V Y B A B Y!!!

When did you first become interested in playing music?
Since forever ago! I started playing piano straight out the womb and quickly picked up flute and guitar along the way. All the while, I was listening to the most hard-hitting rap songs on the playgrounds of inner-city Memphis, where I spent a big chunk of my childhood. Fast forward to the year 2013, when I heard Lil B and Kreayshawn for the first time. Life changed from that moment on.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?
I’ll share a story that personally sticks out to me, although unrelated to any show. All my life, I’d never met anyone who shared the same music taste as me, until one day, while traveling on my own through San Diego, I started rapping along to a Dirt Nasty song being blasted by the outcast dude at the hostel. Turns out, the guy blasting all these songs I loved was an ex-convict drug addict. Music really does bring the world together huh.

What are you listening to these days?
Depends on where I’m at. I’ll always have my indie vinyls spinning on the record when I’m home. While driving around this past week, I blasted XXXTentacion – Moonlight, Azealia Banks – Anna Wintour, Iggy Azelea – KREAM, A$AP Rocky – Praise The Lord, Drake – Nonstop.

What are some of your favorite Bay Area music venues?
The Independent is my in hood, so you’ll find me there often. Plus, it’s the first music venue in SF I ever visited, and I made a lot of good friends that first time there, so it brings warm feelings of nostalgia anytime I pass by.

What are some of your favorites hangs in the Bay Area and why?
I LOVE GOING EVERYWHERE!!! There is no typical day for me in SF. Some mornings I’ll go for a surf in Pacifica or Ocean Beach, then go back to my hood in the Haight. Maybe grab a bite to eat in Nob Hill. Maybe drive across Golden Gate Bridge to get the best Puerto Rican food in Mill Valley. Spit bars at the studio in Potrero Hill. Go for a hike along the coast, or go fly fishing in Golden Gate Park. Grab dinner in the Mission or try a new place. I love it all! Find me in the borough if you thorough if that bread flip.

What does music mean to you?
Music is the opportunity to be me. I can bring the feelings in my heart and the thoughts in my mind to fruition, to something we can hear and see. Music gives me the freedom to do whatever I want, and if people connect with what I’m creating, that’s radical.

What inspires you to write?
My crazy life.

What’s your favorite neighborhood in the city and why? Any night in the Tenderloin is a good night! I love going out in this part of the city. You see every walk of life in the TL, which I believe is the best reflection of the diversity of San Francisco.

What’s one thing that people would be surprised to find out about you?
I was born in China.

Is there anything you’d like to plug?
I just released the music video to my first single, Hot Wheels. Take a look and listen. It’s a snapshot of how my friends and I live in San Francisco, as well as a peek into who I am, my interests, my culture. Hot Wheels on my whip it’s that California Drift baby. To everyone out there reading this interview, I’d love to hear what you think, so leave me a comment on my YouTube music video! You radical if you bump to W A V Y.

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.