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Art & Life with Nick Wenger

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nick Wenger.

Nick, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m from a small town in southeastern Wisconsin. Despite taking part in sports, choir, and theater, I never fit in all that well in school, and because of this, I was sort of a loner. I always had a love for writing, and during high school, I began to use it to cope with the depression and anxiety I developed around that time. Expressing myself through poetry transitioned to writing melodies and lyrics. Searching for people interested in making music with me was a struggle, so I learned to play the guitar. I worked with my guitar teacher at the time to help me write guitar parts to some of my songs, and this transitioned into an entire album, which I released in 2016. This album was a huge motivator for me, knowing that I could actually do the things I had only dreamed of when I was younger. This album also features the first song I ever wrote completely solo, Stay. Towards the end of high school, I decided that I should pursue a music career and enrolled at Columbia College. Moving to Chicago has proven a huge boon to me, as here I have expanded my skill set, met some amazing artists, and even formed a band with a couple of my friends. I feel very hopeful for my future.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I make music and my style is newly transitioned from softer, more classic rock, to heavier, grunge-style music. It is deeply personal to me, and I primarily use it to express my feelings. The key to my style is the chord progressions. I tend to break the traditional scales of music theory and use chords from other keys instead, which I feel keeps my sound from feeling too simple or familiar. I also like to write without using cookie-cutter formulas for my song structures, which I feel diminishes the quality of music. I hope that other artists feel somewhat liberated from standard tropes by my music or at least more confident in making decisions that would leave their comfort zones, after listening to my music. I would hope that non-artists would feel a connection to my music, and know that someone else feels the same as they do, whether it’s a lyric or a more abstract idea that they connect to.

Artists rarely, if ever pursue art for the money. Nonetheless, we all have bills and responsibilities and many aspiring artists are discouraged from pursuing art due to financial reasons. Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share with prospective artists?
I would say that if you’re truly doing what you love, there will always be a way to make things work. Passion drives us to greatness, and that passion can more than carry a struggling artist.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My first album, Breaking the Innocent Heart is available on iTunes and Spotify under my name, Nick Wenger. I also have an Instagram, @nickwengermusic. I post on there around once a week, and it’s the best place to stay up to date on upcoming shows and new music.

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Keeley Parenteau

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