Woundikin is quickly becoming one of our favorite new artists, as he has just revealed the new single “So It Goes,” which was released last Friday, September 25.
While the music can be calm and relaxing, it’s evident that Woundikin’s vision is truly a labor of love. Often taking the bittersweet moments in life, his songs offer up grey clouds with silver linings. With influences ranging from Ray LaMontagne to the Tallest Man on Earth, the music that Woundikin creates is uniquely and elegantly his own. When writing lyrics, the up-and-coming songwriter draws inspiration from personal experiences, his perception of others’ experiences and the world around him. Lyrics are generally the last step in Woundikin’s songwriting process as they come together after the musical portions have come into place.
Woundikin speaks of the song:
“I wrote “So It Goes” a while back and then spent a long time getting my guitar playing and voice to a point that matched what I was hearing in my head. I recorded it in my little home studio, and I mixed and mastered and did all that stuff there as well. To me a large part of the appeal of folky acoustic music lies in its humanity; stifling the slight natural change in tempo as a song progresses with a click track or “correcting” the emotion of a bent pitch can sometimes end up taking away from the overall experience. For this song I didn’t want to edit together multiple takes or track guitar and vocals separately, I just pointed a mic at my mouth and pointed a mic at my guitar and played it as many times as it took to get the recording as close to perfect as possible. And I added reverb, because reverb makes everything sound better.”
Taking piano as a child, Woundikin always felt drawn to the drums. In High School he started playing drums for the school’s Jazz band, and over the years have played in Rock, Funk, Electronic, Jam and Jazz-Fusion groups. Eventually he wanted to be able to create individually and have more control over his music, than what drumming typically allowed. This led Woundikin to learn production and guitar. Gravitating towards the finger-picking styles a la The Tallest Man on Earth or James Taylor, he found himself intrigued by the rhythmic style and how it’s almost like playing guitars, drums, and even a little bass.