Gregory Stutzer is 1/4 of The. Wav collective. I found them on Instagram…well, they found me and it didn’t take long for me to notice that they were more than just their music. They’re a culture.
Culture is something that inspires and interests me, especially when it comes to music because music is something that connects everyone together. Music is something that helps shape who we are, and music has it’s own style just like clothes/fashion.
I was interested to find out more about what The. Wav stands for, not just musically, but image wise and culturally as well.
The only other ‘Collective’ that I find inspiring is that of the Wondaland crew, captained by Janelle Monae. They stand for a lot of things culturally and have a very unique but very strong style and aesthetic that I respect. I saw this straight away with The. Wav and was excited to learn more.
Gregory was kind enough to let me interview him. We spoke about music, of course, but we also spoke about fashion, his message and what tips he has for aspiring artists/musicians out there.
KNEWYU: WHAT’S YOUR NAME, WHERE ARE YOU FROM AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
GREGORY: My name is Gregory Stutzer the Bosky Ott Prince – “the half blood”. I’m originally from Tanzania but I’ve lived in the States for a while now.
K: WHAT IS THE. WAV HOW DID IT START AND WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELVES GOING IN THE FUTURE?
G: The Wav is a collective of individuals devoted to empowering diverse voices through music primarily! We started in New York City. All of us were artists so we decided to increase our power and unite as a collective. We definitely see ourselves as a force in the Afro beat trap community & we are working to be recognized as one of the leaders in that sound worldwide! We also have deeply rooted philosophy of service and upliftment for the community so more of that is definitely in store for us in the future.
K: DO YOU HAVE ANY HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF MUSIC?
G: I dabble in a few forms of art. A little painting, a little dancing, definitely creative writing storytelling.
K: WALK US THROUGH A DAY IN THE LIFE OF GREGORY. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL RECORDING SESSION LOOK LIKE?
G: I usually wake up, greet my family and begin producing something. Maybe I will start with a sample or a melodic idea. Other times I’ll start with some drum riddim or a random idea that I just want to build around. Once I lay down the skeleton and or frame of what I’m working on I will ask others to lay down their ideas.. The team is never short on ideas and we’re always having to cut down LOL.
K: WHAT DO YOU WANT LISTENERS TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR MUSIC OR VIEWERS TO TAKE AWAY FROM WHAT YOU PUT ONLINE (SOCIAL MEDIA)?
G: I’m still figuring that out but I definitely want them to feel empowered. I want them to feel inspired.
I want to give them an insight and I guess what I’m focused on right now is getting that insight for myself so that I can relate it to others.
K: YOU HAVE REALLY COOL STYLE! DO YOU HAVE A GO-TO OUTFIT/DESIGNER FOR PERFORMING? WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS?
G: Thank you, my sisters and my family are definitely responsible for all of my stylistic expressions. They send me quotes from all around the world and have been dressing me since I was a kid so I guess I never let go of that.
My sister’s a stylist and the WAV does have an amazing creative director that helps us with the style direction to send videos etc.
My style is meant to be world embracing I love rockin pieces from different cultures.
K: WHEN WILL THE NEW WAV. MUSIC BE RELEASED? WILL YOU BE DOING A UK TOUR ANY TIME SOON?
G: We’ve just released ‘Love Games’ which is our first single off the album. It’s available on all major platforms.
The 2050 album will most likely be dropping in September latest October but we will definitely be providing music remixes in singles up until then …. Oh and some rad visuals! The Love games video should be dropping in the next week! We absolutely plan on doing a UK tour we’ve already had some people from Europe and UK reach out to us.