Artist Spotlight: Michele Wylen

A lesson in genre-bending and geography. Meet Marmoset artist, Michele Wylen.

The electro-pop compositions from artist, Michele Wylen are hard-hitting -- full of attitude and grit combined with sophistication. Her collaborations with producers take inspiration from a myriad of different influences and have catapulted her not only into the national spotlight, but onto the international radar as well. Utilizing big percussion, infectious pop hooks and dense synthetic textures, her music leaves a lasting impression in your ears. Get to know Wylen in our recent conversation with her. Enjoy.

Marmoset: Why music? How did you know you wanted to pursue this as a career? How old were you?

Michele Wylen: I always loved music, both playing it and listening to it. Music has always been apart of my life because my parents were musicians. I’ve been singing since I was two years old. At first, I thought I’d only do music as a hobby, but after exploring other careers, I found that music was the only thing I was willing to work hard for. Also, I want to be around what I love 24/7. So, I went for the music. 

M: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given? Can you pinpoint one moment when that advice affected a decision you've made about your career?

MW: Don’t stop. If you persevere, you will carve a lane for yourself in the industry. Too many people fail simply because they give up too early. The music industry is unstable and the odds are always stacked against you— at some point you’re gonna get hurt. I’ve had my share of discouraging moments, knowing I could change career fields, but my decision has always been to stick with the music no matter what happens. 

M: What’s your favorite part of the process of creating music?

MW: When you’re in the studio with great people having a great time creating together… those moments of vibing out, feeling the music and feeling good about everything that’s going on. Nothing beats that.

M: How do you feel music adds to the visual experience of film?

MW: Music will completely influence the way those visuals are interpreted. While the visuals tell you the story, the music tells you how to feel about that story. 

M: What’s one thing you want the world to know about you as an artist?

MW: What you see of me now is still a work in progress— I’m still developing, still finding myself. For now, I just want to continue connecting with more of the people who feel me and appreciate me. I’m really thankful for everyone who’s been with me so far. It’s been quite a journey and I’m excited for the next wave. 

Posted on June 10, 2016 and filed under Field Notes, Music.