NAS 10 Questions with Wanaka
This time, we get to know Wanaka, a folk rock artist from Israel who is never too far from his trusty ukelele. With influences ranging from Soundgarden to Queen,
gritty vocals and lyrics, you will certainly want to check out his sound!
The track "Another Spoon" is featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.
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1. Tell us a little about where you are from and what you are currently doing.
I'm a solo artist from Israel, My main occupation is a veterinarian but I work online which leaves me plenty of time to make music! I released my second single 12 days ago and will release my debut album in December.
2. What inspired you to start playing and making music?
I can't remember if there was anything specific, I've been writing music since the age of 9 probably. In general, a lot of things influence me: relationships, depression, drugs, global and personal events as well as random things like movies, other people's music, and so on. I write a lot about nature too, I have a passion for hiking and traveling and that influences my writing a lot.
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
Alice in chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mad Season, Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, Queen, Sam Brown
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
I'm mainly trying to get my music out there in the hope people will like it and will continue listening to it.
5. Tell us about your creative process when you make new music.
I usually start with a chord progression on the ukulele and go from there, I write the music and lyrics simultaneously
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
Outshined by Soundgarden - Just a super powerful song energy-wise, with amazing vocals and dark lyrics.
7. What is the best advice have either given or received in terms of music?
Don't release your best song first in a campaign, which was for me really good advice as I learned so much during the first release and made so many mistakes that I was able to rectify for the second release.
8. Proudest accomplishment?
Just finishing my debut album which took me close to 2 years was for me the biggest moment so far when it comes to music. I started with one song that I've written in 2012 and from there I just started recording and working on several other songs which eventually turned into an album.
9. What is something about you that might surprise someone who knows you the best?
I really like marzipan, It surprises a lot of people for some reason! I can consume pretty much anything with Marzipan in it - cakes, chocolate, bread...
𝟭0. Tell us about your highest and lowest points in music so far.
My lowest point was when I quit a music academy just 2 weeks after starting, it felt like the end of the world to me. I think I'm at my highest point at the moment, with the release of my second single which has been well accepted, and my upcoming album in December.
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