Some say that artists are born talented, that they were equipped with skill at a young age and have transcended over the years into mastery. Others may feel that artists develop their talent throughout practice and commitment to their craft. Nonetheless, Emanuel Wynter was a promising prodigy at a young age. He began his musical journey as an amazing violinist and instrumentalist player. He eventually became so skilled in the craft that it led to him acquiring the position as a professional violinist. This background has led the young artist to have a wide range of musical influences from classical to jazz. He combines all of his influences to create a radiating blend of music that gravitates towards you. Emanuel Wynter completely amazes us with the number of unique blessings he has attached to his talent.
He knows exactly how to captivate a crowd and leaves them mesmerized with his enchanting music. He combines flavors to create music that brings together the Neo-soul, funk, R&B, and traditional classical music lovers into unity. His sweet and soulful displays are a unique spectacle that you don't want to miss. Who doesn’t love an artist with a spectacular presence? Or even more, a sense of musicality that allows him to paint a sensational landscape of sounds that leaves you breathless? Emanuel Wynter is the artist you should tune in to if you haven’t already of course. His riveting release of “Cosmos” and melodic delivery in “Iced Coffee” was enough to convince us to become fans of this exhilarating artist!
Welcome to BuzzMusic Emanuel Wynter! Knowing you began your career out as a violinist, in what ways has this background impacted your music today?
Thank you so much for having me! Violin was my first love, and when I started my musical journey on that instrument back in the first grade, I had no idea about the numerous possibilities that were in store for me. My first ten years on the violin were spent learning the Suzuki Method, a popular approach to studying the instrument and the traditional pieces of music to which it is associated. That experience gave me the technical tools to venture out into more contemporary styles of music, and in high school, I enrolled in the Jazz Arts Academy, a program in which high school students such as myself got instruction from professional jazz musicians. I learned so many valuable lessons there about improvisation and playing as a part of an ensemble, which put me in a position to start networking with other musicians at open mics around town. This is where my professional career began; I was, basically, a hired gun. When someone needed a violinist, they called me in to play a gig. Fortunately for me, there were a lot of 'someones', and I had the privilege of playing in many different acts, each with their own styles ranging from classic rock to hip-hop and everywhere in between. Rubbing shoulders with so many talented, creative individuals gave me a very broad picture of what was out there for me, and it all played into the development of my own personal sound. I'm very much grateful for the past 4 years I've spent as a professional violinist because it's molded me into the musician I am today.
Speaking of your music today, tell us more in-depth about the themes behind both “Cosmos” and “Iced-Coffee”.
Cosmos was the first serious song that I wrote. It came quite naturally, and at the time, it was an idea in my head that I had been itching to release. During a romantic lull that I was experiencing, I was reflecting on my past two romantic interests, and I couldn't help but realize that they were both doomed to fail from the start. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, and I could see this very clearly as I was looking back into the past, but a small part of past-me knew this while still trying to move things forward in these relationships. This was the concept from which Cosmos was born. It's a song about finding love and knowing from the start that it won't last, but instead of loving in denial, or avoiding it completely, the decision is made to embrace it for what it is for as long as it lasts. "You're a planet in transit, a cosmic allure." The first line of the song sets up the metaphor upon which the rest of the song is written. A transit is an uncommon celestial event in which a planet passes in between Earth and the Sun. It can only happen when the three celestial bodies come together in perfect alignment with each other. This is the nature of the relationship between two people that ultimately won't last. The cosmos align for these two people, only for a time, until they eventually go their separate ways. Astronomy is a topic that I've loved since I was a child, so writing Cosmos was a fun experience for me.
Iced Coffee is a much lighter song, in terms of subject matter, and it all really started from me singing about caramel iced coffee in my head. As weird as that sounds, I had a feeling that the little jingle in my head could grow into a full song. I started thinking about the time I spent living on a college campus. It's such an awesome dynamic because, with high concentration of people in a relatively small area, many of your favorite people are very accessible to you. Of course, Iced Coffee isn't exclusively about the college social experience, as many of us can relate to wanting their special person to come through with an ice-cold pick-me-up beverage at the end of a long, stressful day. I wanted it to be a fun, feel-good song about letting loose at the day's end because we all need that at some point or another.
Between both singles, what’s the major difference for you as an artist that you hope translates to the listener?
Those two singles are definitely quite different from each other. When I first started writing, slower, dreamier songs came very naturally to me. I previously mentioned that Cosmos was the first song I wrote. The first two songs I wrote were slow ballads in 6/8 time, and while I was fond of those two songs, I thought to myself, "Man, I need to get some upbeat stuff in there!" I wanted to branch out and challenge myself creatively, but of course, there was a small part of me that wanted to reach people who might not want the slow stuff. Several songs came out of that challenge I made to myself, Iced Coffee included. All in all, Cosmos and Iced Coffee are two different ways of expressing different emotions, but both are very much me. Sometimes, I want to take it slow and easy, and other times, I want to let loose and have some fun with the music.
What are some challenges you may have stumbled upon during the creative process of “Cosmos” and “Iced-Coffee”?
My biggest challenge has always been transferring the musical ideas in my head on to a medium in which it can be heard accurately. Because of that, recording can be somewhat challenging. When I was in the Jazz Arts Academy, one of the instructors said that each musician is limited by the extent of their technical abilities on their instrument. So, in my specific case, I can only play the musical ideas in my head as well as I can play the violin. This is why practice is such an important thing. As I become better on the violin, I will have fewer limitations when it comes to playing out my musical ideas. That same concept applies to use of recording software. I had to become better at using the software I had in order to find the best way to reproduce the songs' elements on the computer. That was a big challenge for me early on. Thankfully, it's much less of a challenge now. I couldn't tell you how many times I re-recorded Cosmos because I just didn't think it was good enough.
Emanuel Wynter, how would you describe your songwriting approach? What’s the best way to write a song in your personal artistic opinion?
My songwriting approach is pretty loose. I don't have a specific way that I do things. With Cosmos, the music came before the lyrics did. I have other songs where the lyrics came first, and the music was written around the lyrics. There's one song I wrote where the music and lyrics came all at once. I finished that song in two hours. That one was a blessing because songs rarely ever write themselves that easily. If there is one thing that I've learned about songwriting, it's that you can't just sit around waiting for that hit song to come to you. Jot down ideas. Write down one-liners as they pop into your head. Come up with random passages. Let things sit. Revisit old material every once in a while. You won't get a full song from every idea, but writing constantly increases the potential of creating a new song.
Thank you for sharing your music with us! We’re so excited to see what’s in store for you in this upcoming year. Mind hinting to our readers what we can expect from Emanuel Wynter in 2020?
Thank you guys for having me! I'm finishing up my first album. The release is planned for February 2020 with a possible single release between now and then. The album is titled These Past Two Years, and it will have both Cosmos and Iced Coffee on it, along with several other songs that I haven't released yet. I'm really excited to put it out, and I can't wait for folks to hear it.