We’ve been digging our buddy Wiley Webb’s production steez for a while now, but his latest EP, Lavish Vitality, is just too dope… we can’t keep him to ourselves any longer.
Wiley is quickly gaining traction in the EDM world, listing Morgan Page, Don Diablo,Uppermost, and Nick Thayer among his supporters. Furthermore, it was only a year ago this week that he scored his first ever real gig, opening for 3LAU in Colorado. Mere months later he scored a seriously big-time slot, performing as the sole opener for Madeon’s sold out SF show at the legendary Ruby Skye.
There’s good reason why Wiley’s tunes have yielded him opportunity and recognition, and it’s not luck. Wiley works really hard, and he’s deliberate about it.
“I attribute my success to putting in the extra 20 hours… or 50 hours, as was the case with my latest EP, polishing each track until it’s perfect,” he says. “I strive to make music that really can be enjoyed anywhere. In the car, through headphones, in the club, in a box, with a fox… Really, it’s all about that balance between simplicity & danceability for the club, and complexity & replayability for personal listening experience.”
Wiley’s hard work and deliberate goals really shine through in his Lavish Vitality EP, which he dropped a few weeks ago. Wiley achieves the fine balance for which he strives, managing to bring subtle complexity and intelligence to tunes that are total candy-coated, pump-you-up, electro bangers. The tunes blend together so seamlessly that one does not initially notice the variety of different sections and melodies that they incorporate. With small touches like shreddy, Aerodynamic-style synth breakdowns, and fake-out drops that hit a beat later than anticipated, you can really hear where the extra 50 hours went.
Even though he’s relatively green as a performer, it’s clear that Wiley brings to his live performance the same skill, creativity, and discipline that make him a successful producer.
“I DJ a little unusually, using Ableton and an APC40, which frees me up to do crazy creative transitions and invent mashups on the fly,” he says. “For now, I’m focusing on improving my spur-of-the-moment track selection, aka the art of DJing *cough* as opposed to pre-mixed shows. I’m confident that a cool, unique Wiley performance beyond ‘just mixing’ will develop naturally.”
Despite this hint of cockiness, Wiley seems quite modest, and wide-eyed about his recent success.
“Basic aspects of shows, like traveling, dinner with the guys, and sound check, feel so new and exciting! And it’s crazy to be in conversation with brilliant people who I’m used to seeing on massive stages… The number of times I’ve screamed like a little girl upon seeing some of the names in my email inbox? Too many!”