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You might not yet be familiar with the music of Mitch Wilson, but the Portland-based musician has quite the impressive resume of accomplishments as a drummer, including performing at Broadway shows A Night With Janis Joplin and The Last Ship (starring Sting). Recently, Wilson has stepped out from his usual role behind the kit to begin developing his own songwriting chops. The result is a sound that’s rooted in timeless 80s pop/rock with splashes of RnB and psych. Below, stream our exclusive premiere of his brand new single “Say Anything.”
Wilson gave us a rundown on his process, future plans, and where he’s finding inspiration.
“After returning from New York about a year ago, I was interested in writing and sharing new music. The thought of forming a band, then writing, arranging, and recording 12 new songs for an LP felt exhausting and not immediate. I knew the best way to get my music out would be to do it myself, single by single. I called on the producing talents of my friend and fellow musician Davey Appaloosa to help realize my sound. The intriguing part about this single-by-single process is that I can see the development in realtime. I’ve been surprising myself with each new recording, and “Say Anything” feels like a great next step.