Introducing Portsmouth’s Wyse and Her New EP Anomalies

Harbouring an emotional, and musical, intelligence that belies her young years, Portsmouth’s Wyse has succeeded in carving out a niche all of her own. As beautiful as it is cathartic, her music is impossible to pigeonhole, but then again why would you want to?

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Anomalies is Wyse’s second EP, following 2018’s Switch of My Controller, and finds the Portsmouth-based songstress in a bolder, wiser and much more confident form than before. Five tracks of richly varied alt-rock, it’s Wyse making good on the promise of her earlier releases.

“Every song on this project has its own vibe, set of musical influences, and story” she explains “I wanted each song to reflect a different side of my creative personality, and achieving this whilst maintaining cohesion throughout was a brilliant challenge.”

“I am still figuring out who I am as a person and as an artist. Growing up with sexuality and gender identity struggles within a religious household, meant having a categorizable identity has never been something I’ve been able to relate to. I like the idea of being able to be flexible and dynamic with the music I make, and I don’t like to feel pigeon-holed.  This EP sets me up to be able to go in whichever direction I choose next…”

And wherever, and whatever, that might be, you can guarantee that Wyse will approach it with the same sense of self-confidence and individuality she has Anomalies.

What made you want to get into music?

I became obsessed with drums and the electric guitar as a kid. Not instruments normally associated with women (especially then), but that just made me want to do it more

What’s the writing process?

Normally I start with a drum beat and build the song out from that, with synths, bass, guitar parts etc. Generally, I make my demos and write my songs simultaneously.  

How do you transfer that onstage energy to the studio?

This is a tricky one! I dim the lights if I can, and often I imagine that I’m on stage. I then try to connect with the feeling behind the lyrics.

What has been the best gig you’ve ever played and why?

I have to say that it was the first gig I played after lockdown. I supported Berries at The Grace in London. It was so overwhelming (in a good way) to play to an audience again, they were an amazing audience and the bands on the bill were lovely too. All round good vibes.

What other talents do you have? (kazop playing, champion toast burner…._

Failing spectacularly on driving tests

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

This is a great question.

Our culture around fame and success is messed up. At the end of the day, musicians are just people wanting to make a living out of what we love. I just think the concept of “success” needs to be drastically reframed.

Also… what’s with the lack of female producers?

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

It’s better to be loved by few for who you are, than loved by many for who you are not. I apply that to both my music and my personal life. 

If you could open for any band / act / solo artist who would it be?

Anna Calvi… or Queen (if we’re going dead or alive)

What’s in store for you when all this is over?

Onto the next! I’ve almost finished recording my next EP after Anomalies. And gigs! I am so excited to do more gigs

What’s the scene like where you are from?

I started out gigging a lot around Portsmouth. The scene has been growing over the years due to some driven and passionate promoters and artists there. I’m about to move back there, so I’m excited to reconnect with a local scene. I lived in London for a long time previously…. The live music scene is oversaturated there.

Where can we find out more? (also flog us some merch we love tees…..)

I don’t have any tees at the minute (but watch this space!)… I do have various other bits and pieces though. Some really cute artwork fridge magnets, badges.

My website is www.wyseupyourlife.com and my social handles are @wyseupyourlife if you want to follow what I’m doing.

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