WESLEY: There Is No Testimony Without A Test

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WESLEY is Anthony Anderson. An electro-pop artist from Minnesota that moved to LA to pursue his musical dreams. He quit the corporate grind to fully commit to his passion. His intricately-woven melodies are accented by his raspy voice and thoughtful lyrics. We talked to the up-and-coming artist about quitting the 9-to-5 and the biggest challenges he's faced.

How did you get started in music?

WESLEY: My parents got me started in the church choir when I was a kid. I was really energetic so they found music to be something that I liked and a way to channel my energy.

Tell me about the decision to do music full-time? How did you finally make the leap?

WESLEY: I was working for Red Bull and found my time was completely consumed by work. I had no capacity to create, so I decided to cut ties with the corporate world and focus solely on my music. 

Tell me about 'Phantom Feeling’ what’s the story behind the song?

WESLEY: Phantom Feeling is a song about having something so close to you that you feel it's always there. I was in a store one day and I had this rush of a feeling that this girl I was seeing at the time was right next to me, she was no where to be found, and from that experience I wrote Phantom Feeling.  

Where do you get writing inspiration?

WESLEY: Life experiences.

What’s been the biggest challenge in your career?

WESLEY: Probably nailing down a stage name. My birth name, Anthony Anderson, is already taken by a famous actor. So, over the course of developing my persona I went through a lot of name changes to finally land on Wesley. The name comes from my late grandfather. 

What’s your best piece of advice for young artists?

WESLEY: There is no testimony without a test. So, consistency is key.

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  • Emily Treadgold

    Music aficionado and editor-in-chief at The New Nine. I'm most at home at festivals and concerts. I would love to start a band of all Kanye covers all on keys. I'm a dedicated Jack White fan and when I saw him in concert it changed my life. I'd never seen someone so passionate about music and preserving its history. Every project he does I just worship. Follow me on Twitter and Insta: @etreadgold

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