Wesley Attew is a world traveling Englishman who moved to Vancouver, Canada last February. With his musical influences being diverse, Wesley music is mainly composed of modern day indie-folk rock and 60’s/70’s folk music. His single “Wayward Kind” was archetypical and something fresh to hear. He displayed a refreshing honesty through his hard-hitting poetic lyricism and expressive melodies.
The song begins with a string of chords from an acoustic guitar that drives that “folk” music sound. With his beautiful slight nasal voice tone and english accent with a mix of rock grit, Wesley propels the tune as a dynamic vocalist. This is a neat “traveling song” in my opinion, it gives you the urge to explore and just go on an adventure. I like music that puts you in either a setting or atmosphere for you to create your own musical path just like “Wayward Kind” did. Towards the end of the song, there’s a break in the music that gives you a straight vintage folk sound that’s captivating and passably encourages you to fall in love with the culture of the song. Wesley Attew ends the songs with a belting high note before slowing the tune down in a more easygoing and mellifluous single.
Listen to "Wayward Kind" here and check out our exclusive interview with Wesley Attew below!
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
A really close friend of mine just wrote this wonderful bio for me, I'd quite like to use that !
"Wesley Attew is a folk artist whose music makes you feel at home when you are far from it. Wesley is a world traveling Englishman who tells stories of his travels through hard-hitting poetic lyricism and expressive melodies. His rich,honey-whiskey voice pours over his trusty adventure buddy, an old acoustic guitar. Wesley’ music is complex and raw while being simple and homey, like the warmth of a tent in the middle of a thunderstorm. Wesley’s songs illustrate the visceral feeling of traveling and the people that you meet along the way. The music he makes isn’t just for a moment, but for every step of the journey. His newest single, “Wayward Kind” is a rugged, vulnerable love letter to traveling and is now available on Spotify"
Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?
I first picked up a guitar whilst traveling around Australia and Asia in 2013, I started out learning simple covers of songs I loved at the time, "Music When the Lights go out- The Libertines" was the first song I ever learnt to play. I then moved back to Dubai where my family is based, and began honing my craft in the country’s emerging music scene. I played my first open mics here and learnt a ton about songwriting. After 2 years in Dubai I moved to Toronto, Canada in 2015 where I recorded my first EP "The Other Side" with producer Jeremy Clarke at Room 21 Sound, I held an EP launch at a venue called The Central and had a short-run of CD's made for the release. I continued to play shows through 2015 and recorded a follow up single a few days before Christmas, this song was called "The Only One" it was released June 23, 2017 and it tells a story of my experiences at The Only Backpackers hostel in Toronto, its about falling in love and finding a family in friendships we make miles from home. I then began a month long road trip across Canada at the beginning of 2017 before settling in Vancouver. Since moving here I have worked on my live performance and tried to play as much as possible. I wrote all new material and alot of my newest songs speak to the struggle of applying for Canadian permanent residency, road tripping across Canada and the friendships made while traveling.
Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?
I will always write my own music, usually I begin with the lyrics and form melodies based around them. Poetry is what really got me interested in songwriting, It's definitely the part of music I am the most passionate about.
We’re really into your new song "Wayward Kind"! Can you tell us a bit about it?Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?
This song started as a love letter to a best friend, we met while traveling in Australia and then kept in touch. This led to years of travel together through countless countries. I never planned to record or release this song but the feelings it evoked evolved strongly over time. It has now become an ode to anyone who has found strong friendships through a shared experience, at its core this song is about seeking adventure.
What are three things you’d love your fans to know about you?
Songwriting and playing an instrument was a later in life discovery for me, I'd always been an avid music fan/listener. I grew up listening to Ska bands, Punk music, 80's pop and British Indie rock.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
When I first started out Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and The Libertines.
These days Tallest Man on Earth, Lumineers, Kaleo & Bon Iver
Any upcoming shows? For someone who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your performance?
I just played back to back shows over this past weekend during "Wayward Kind's" release, right now I have a couple in November..
November 8th - East Van Brewing (Vancouver, BC)
November 22nd - Luppolo Brewing (Vancouver, BC)
What’s next for Wesley Attew?
I have a ton of songs that I'd love to put down, really hoping to get into the studio and record early next year. I also just purchased my first Electric guitar (Godin 5th Avenue Kingpin with P90). Very excited to hibernate and play it over the winter.
Connect with Wesley Attew below:
Facebook - facebook.com/wesleyattewmusic Instagram - Instagram.com/wesleyattewmusic Bandcamp -wesleyattew.bandcamp.com Youtube -https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCsPpB-oKghAX3orr9EL9w9w Spotify -https://open.spotify.com/artist/6CLYptSCO8U7er34RZ5xxn