This week, we’re excited to feature our youngest artist yet. Garrett is just 16. But don’t let his age fool you, he’s genuine, sincere, and authentic. He has already lived a good deal of life on the road, and has experienced difficulty that many people can probably relate with. He’s passionate, driven, and talented. He (like many other artists on this page) is working on a new album, and we expect big things from him. Enjoy this interview, but more importantly, go check out his music!
1. What’s your name(s)? How old Are you? Married? Kids? Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
My name is Garrett Wheeler, I’m 16 years old & I’m from Atlanta, GA
2. When/how were you introduced to music?
I’ve been around music as long as I can remember. My mom was a singer when she was younger, so growing up I would always do kareoke in whatever bar we were in that night.
3. What were you doing before pursuing your music as a career?
I used to do a little bit of modeling & acting from when I was about 4-12, but other than that nothing really. My first “real” job was playing Wednesday & Sunday nights at the American Legion.
4. What made you decide to pursue your music career?
After a couple months of doing the American Legion gig, one of the people there to see me sent a video of one of my songs to someone she knew, who just happened to be a music producer. He reached out & wanted me to come to the studio one day, & when I came he said he wanted to produce a couple singles with me. That was probably the turning point that made me believe I could turn this into something more.
On Your Music:
1. Who are some of your biggest influences, or your musical heroes?
That’s a long list! As far as musical heroes go I’d have to say Ben Nichols (of Lucero & Red 40), The White Buffalo, and Cory Branan. They’re styles, music, & delivery all resonated with me and embodied the thoughts of what I wanted to say with my own music.
Influences is a lot longer list though, my music taste is pretty wide, & I feel like I take influences from every style. I listened to a lot of the old country heroes growing up (Johnny Cash, Hank Sr, Ernest Tubb), but as I got older & started finding music on my own, I discovered many punk bands (Red 40, Black Flag, Jawbreaker), alt country artists (Ryan Bingham, American Aquarium, Old 97’s), and a few rappers (Coolio, Snoop Dogg, A$AP Rocky) that I listen to a lot.
2. Do you write your own music? Collaborate with others? Do you have a preference between the two?
Yes I do! When I write, it’s usually by myself. I’ve collaborated on a song or two, but the vast majority has been just me, I feel like it keeps it more honest.
3. What kinds of things do you write about? What inspires you?
I stick to writing about the stuff I know best; Girls, loss, and traveling. I’ve had a lot of people say I write a lot of sad songs, which is odd cause I’m a pretty happy person. I guess that’s my way of getting rid of those emotions.
4. How would you describe your style of music?
With all the different influences that have shaped it, my music is hard to fit into a set “genre”, especially the new LP I’m in the process of recording right now. There’s stripped down singer/songwriter tracks, there’s Rockabilly barn burners, & there’s even some straight up rock songs on there too.
If I had to try to describe as a whole, I’d say it’s real. Everything that I sing, I’ve lived, & I’m proud of that.
5. Do you have people that play with you? Do you have a band?
I’m pretty used to playing solo acoustic, but over the past couple months I’ve put together a three piece band, including myself. I’ve booking a lot more shows as a band, & I’m hoping to keep it up!
6. Do you produce your own music, or do you have a studio that works with you?
I have a studio I’ve been working with. I put out two singles with Living Oaks Studios, but the new album I’m working on right now I’ve been recording at The Afterdark Studio with Donny Hammonds. He’s a really talented guy who’s been playing music his whole life.
7. How can people listen to or purchase your music, and how could they learn about shows coming up, and other news concerning your music?
My music is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, & Amazon music. The new album will be available with all major music retailers when it releases as well.
As far as keeping up with my show dates and new music releases, I keep my instagram (@rocknroll.g), Facebook (Garrett Wheeler Music), & Twitter (@garrettcwheeler) updated.
8. Any closing remarks that you would like to share with your supporters/listeners?
I couldn’t do it without y’all! Thanks for the support, & kee supporting your local scene!