I chatted with local musician Wes Anderson about transitioning to a solo act and the Maryland music scene
When did you know you wanted to be a musician?
Not too long after I started playing guitar, which was 1996.
Who were some of your influences growing up?
311 for sure. That opened the door for other genres like Deftones, KORN, Incubus. But my palate for music is broad. Think of me as a foodie for music.
What was the transition like going from a band to a solo act?
I started working on the demo for my solo release when I was still in the band. It’s something I wanted to do for a long time. I just think it was time to really focus on this for myself.
You posted a video on social media of you riffing. How long CAN you riff?
::laughs:: I’ll riff until the cows come home. I’m trying to get back into just jamming with people. That time, I riffed out for about four hours.
Goddamn. Atta boy!
What is your song “Keep Them Talking” about?
It’s an anthem about sticking to your guns and ignoring your naysayers. Just keep following your heart.
What is it like being a part of the Maryland music scene?
Before I lived here, I was in Chicago playing with a band. Maryland is interesting. It’s encouraging because you can find like minded people. They’re so supportive and not many pretentious people. There’s a lot of mutual respect as well.
Are there any local bands or artists that you’d like to collab with in the future?
I’ve done some songs with the Ballyhoo guys which is cool because they’re household names locally. I’m working on a song now that I hope Joey Harkum from Pasadena can be a part of.
Are you excited about performing at Frozen Harbor?
Despite being around Baltimore for the last..shit, eight years, I’ve never performed at a Frozen Harbor. I’m kicking it off at the Luckie’s Stage. I’ll be DJ’ing in between sets as well. It’s cool that we have a winter festival like Frozen Harbor. There’s going to be so many great bands and acts to see.
Wes plays Frozen Harbor Festival Saturday, February 29th!