SWSHR is a breath of fresh air. The young buzzing artist is out here making moves and we are so excited to see what he has planned next. With the swagger and bars to match, SWSHR should be an artist on your radar. He’s that good.
We recently interview the hip hop artist about his upbringing, upcoming plans and some things he has learned while being an independent artist.
Tell us about yourself and your music.
My name is SWSHR (Wyatt Morrison), and I am a rapper/jazz pianist from Seattle, WA. I started playing piano at an early age, and slowly progressed to jazz and rap through middle and high school. Senior year I really hit the music grind in general with a few friends, but was overall unable to get anything concrete going. I got to college in January, and started hitting the booth hard and now here we are!
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as a translation of my musical tastes and experiences. I take a lot of influence from Anderson Paak. for my flow, Chance the Rapper for the general vibe , and Robert Glasper for the sheer insanity that man brings to the keys.
Talk about the experience making your song/mixtape.
I had the idea for my first album about a year ago, but it’s really only started to take shape recently. Most of the tracks on the album I worked for about a year on, so most of them are pretty polished from spitting for my friends after all this time. Now, all it takes is studio time and a lot of editing! I got my boy Tarin helping me on my art for my album cover as well. There are so many people embedded into this album that I really think SWSHR is more of a collective effort for the sake of art in a grand sense.
What are you currently working on? Any new projects? Shows?
I just dropped Waves, the second single behind Dang! (Remix) off of my unreleased album Plantasia. The response has been really good, so I don’t really want to stop releasing music. Besides Plantasia, I’m working on a project with Cambridge, MA producer D-Dub and I got a few other tracks on the back burners.
What has been your biggest highlight in your music career this far?
The biggest highlight of my music career was probably soloing in front of two thousand people at Hot Java Jazz in Seattle during my senior year of high school. Besides that though, I would say the release of Dang! (Remix) and the effort I’ve been making towards Plantasia. This album has been a dream for so long that it feels like the whole journey is the highlight.
Name your ideal collaboration: mainstream or independent artist(s).
I probably listen to more independent artists than I do mainstream, although I’d love to collab with a mainstream artist. I love to share my music with as many ears as possible, and the reach of some of these artists is really immense. I’d love to tap into that resource, if anything.
Name something random that people do not know about you.
One thing that people don’t know about me is that I also do a lot of visual art. I put stickers up all over the place, and love to draw over every surface I find. Art has been a huge facet of my life recently, as I’ve been able to explore it with more resources available to me.
What’s one thing you have learned or discovered while being in the indie music scene/industry?
Never take yourself too seriously, because then we lose the joy of music. When I’m on stage I’m probably smiling and wearing some goofy shades the whole time. I love to be silly and act like a damn fool, but maybe that’s just what my art is about.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m dropping my album Plantasia very soon! Stay tuned on my soundcloud page for the tape with D-Dub too.
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