A native of Kentucky, Wick-It The Instigator’s music is wildly popular among his fans and is known for his creative beats, drops, and entertaining performance. He can take a classic song and turn it into a masterpiece remix. He’s more than typical dubstep or EDM artist; he’s much more than that! Hip-hop deeply influences his beats, and he also blends in humor and pop culture to round out sensational electronic bass music. We had the opportunity to interview with Wick-It before his performance with fellow electronic artist, Elliot Lipp. We chatted about his roots in music, where his inspiration for his beats come from and what he likes the best about festivals. (Hint: it’s good reasons, why everyone should attend at least one good music festival in their life). Read on to discover and learn more about Wick-It The Instigator:
Who or what encouraged you to pursue music?
Wick-It: It’s really the only thing I ever wanted to do. My older brother was always in bands so I was always around different musical equipment growing up.–drums, keyboards, guitars–pretty much anything that has ever been in my life that wasn’t about music has been a distraction or an obstacle.
Where does your inspiration for your beats come from?
Wick-It: Sometimes it comes from being at live shows and observing how crowds react to different types of music, and other times it comes from being in a certain type of mood and feeling like I have to get something out.
You’ve been noted as a breath of fresh air for an overcrowded scene in EDM. What do you think makes you stand out?
Wick-It: Maybe the fact that I’m not actually “from” the EDM scene. I’ve always played different types of music in bands, spent some time in hip-hop. I bring a lot of different influence from outside the EDM microcosm into that world.
You’ve toured quite the festival right. Hangout Music Festival, now Forecastle and several upcoming, including Austin City Limits Music Festival. What do you like the best about music festivals?
Wick-It: People are looking for a next-level experience at a music fest. People carpool, they make signs, they wear costumes, they camp–it’s an escape for everyone there. Also, you get to meet and hang out with so many different artists at festivals and it’s really cool to hang with people who do what I do.
What’s your dream line-up gig, dead or alive?
Wick-It: To be there as a fan, I’d have to say The Beatles, Beastie Boys, Atmosphere, Beck, Outkast.
What’s the craziest thing a fan has done for you at a show?
Wick-It: I used to be a part of an event with some other Nashville DJs called Mashville. A few years later, I was playing a show in Lexington, KY and a guy brought me the very first Mashville flyer (circa 2007) and asked me to sign it. That was pretty cool.
Who was your first concert, and do you have a favorite?
Wick-It: Unapologetically, my first concert was Poison. It was awesome. My favorite concert I’ve ever been to was Atmosphere at the Hollywood Palladium.
Have any guilty musical pleasures?
Wick-It: Tons. Approximately 50% of all the hip-hop I listen to should be classified as a guilty pleasure, but that’s what makes it great. That’s why I love hip-hop. R. Kelly is the ultimate guilty pleasure. So bad, but so good.
Catch Wick-It’s performance at the Forecastle Afterparty with Elliot Lipp. Limited tickets are still available, so hurry and grab yours HERE!