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Art & Life with John Cwiok

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Cwiok.

John, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Music has always had a large presence in my life. I would be watching MTV while other kids were watching Sesame Street and I was a full on member of the KISS Army by the age of 4. My parents were always willing to let me choose what I wanted to listen to and eventually let me choose my own instrument, which was the electric bass. I had my first band by the 6th grade and have been active ever since. The electric bass has always been my favorite instrument within Pop music. I am a big fan of Dance music and especially Disco and Funk which I think are both very prevalent in the music I write.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I love the creative process. I feel like I would be missing a large part of myself if I didn’t compose as well as perform music. I gravitate towards dance music because I tend to want to have a good time and love the idea of getting ready for an event or party and the adrenaline that proceeds it. As far as how I approach my compositions I usually go for creativity/fantasy over telling a story about my life or my experiences. Using my imagination is what makes writing music fun for me. A big inspiration with my CWIOK project (pronounced SWICK) is putting the electric bass in the forefront. It’s not overbearing but I think it takes the spotlight. I also would like to challenge the listener a bit. Maybe not through complexity of composition but by being so honest that my music becomes something that isn’t genre specific.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Be open to listening to other peoples music! Don’t live in a bubble where you are the only person creating. There are so many fellow humans doing great things so support them and before you know it you have a community. You will inspire them to keep going and that will usually be reciprocated.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I have made a few videos for songs I have written and they can be seen on YouTube, johncwiok.com, Facebook and my CWIOK page on Reverbnation. I am currently working on a 5 song EP called “Friendly Zippers” that should see light around Fall 2018. I should be taking the music to the stage soon after. Currently I have all of my music on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music…etc. Just having people lend their ears for a moment is all the support I need. Creating art is fun by itself but I must say that having others experience the finished product is highly pleasing.

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