Eclectic artist, dance music connoisseur Wax Wings, presents his smart remix package of his track ‘The Love Inside Me’ – out now via The Weird & The Wonderful – featuring Jay Shepheard (Retrofit), Alinka (Crosstown Rebels) and Venice Calypso (Four on Four) and opens up about understanding that the creative arts, his “repressed inner teenage self” music idols and heading down to McDonalds and Mister Donuts in Japan with Maya Jane Coles…
From painting, fashion, graffiti, photography, art direction and music, what is your ethos?
Understanding that the creative arts run parallel and how technique and medium can shift from one field to another. I feel like I’ve created a fiftieth dimension, this other world within my head, a place home to all my creativity. I would say start with what you find yourself good at, and apply these same parameters to everything you come across and you’ll begin to see where the cross pollination works.
What’s ‘The Love Inside Me’ about?
‘The Love Inside Me’ EP had me see each track like a scenes in a film, taking a trip deeper into the night. The titled track begins the EP with
passion and power, it starts the story “in the club” which the EP tells exploring emotions such as love and loss. Tell us everything we should know about the remix package of your track ‘The Love Inside Me’?
With this remix package I went for different shades of the four four sound. Each incredible in their own way, I feel its really important to give variety in a remix package and looking from the early responses this decision has been well received across the board.
Who are your icons?
Marilyn Manson, Massive Attack, The Gaslamp Killer, Tricky, Matthew Barney, Pierre et Gilles, Ryuk (Death Note)
What was the first album you purchased?
I was about 12, during the start adventuring the internet via MySpace. I remember watching Kerrang and seeing ‘Predictable’ by Good Charlotte, this had a music video totally inspired by Edward Scissorhands. I was obsessed, it kick started my pop punk/emo days.
I went and bought both ‘The Chronicles Of Life and Death’ by Good Charlotte and ‘Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge’ by My Chemical Romance. There is still a special place for both of these in my repressed inner teenage self.Which artists are you listening to right now?
Sevdaliza, Woodju, Stubborn Heart, Saosin
How would you describe your fashion style?
I like to imagine myself as a British anime character. My style is the baby of goth and sportswear, via Japan. Forget colour, it’s all about textures and layering.
How was the tour in Japan with Maya Jane Coles? Any interesting stories to tell?
This experience was the honestly the best, it really is the best place on this planet and better yet to be with some of your favourites for the ride. It was interesting from the get go, in the week before arrival my bank card was blocked due to my details being compromised. I ran out of the Yen I brought quickly because it’s way too delicious and exciting to budget, so there was a couple of nights spent with my head down in McDonalds and Mister Donuts. No shame.
What’s coming up next for you?
My third EP is on its way, this time moving into a heavily techno direction and taking a time out from London and returning to my hometown to knuckle down will give myself a minute to catch up. I’m excited to fine tune parts of my album, get the chance to make some artwork for EP/Album sleeves and perhaps me and my Dad can finally collaborate on some tracks.
By Fabrizio Belluschi ©FM
Photos by Alexandre Paganelli