Sawyer Gannage

How did you get started? Tell us your story!

Music has always been a part of my life. When I was very young, my parents put me in violin classes but I never liked formal teaching. I would always play my own stuff that I made up instead of going over the material to study from my teacher. This resulted in me dropping the classes and exploring music further with the keyboard at home. I was 13 when I picked up guitar and in 2009 I started making beats. I would come home from school everyday and get straight to the beats. I wouldn’t even do my homework; I had so many missing assignments. I continued making beats and putting them out, having rappers do songs to them but I was never really consistent. I started up a collective and then began rapping too. It wasn’t until pretty recently though that I began taking my music very seriously with recording and dropping consistently with a solid plan in place to grow from.

What is your experience in the music industry? Do you have any formal training or schooling? If not, are you self-taught and how did you learn your craft? What is your learning style? What are your favorite educational resources (ex. college, Youtube, etc.)?

My experience in the music industry is very outside looking in. I’ve made a lot of mistakes and learned from them so now I know what I have to do to get to where I deserve. I haven't had any formal training, just watched a lot of YouTube videos. I also like to learn from other musicians; there is so much knowledge you can get from other people.

What are some credits and achievements that you have? Who have you worked with? Who have you collaborated with?

I really just worked with a lot of people locally. While spending time building up my collection of music/beats, I tried to figure out where I’d fit in with a niche in the industry. I have a lot of music coming with UglyNAtlanta though!

Who are your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist?

My biggest influences musically growing up where Kanye West and Stevie Wonder for sure! Stevie Wonder made the first song I ever heard. I really love the feeling of the music they make with attention to detail while still keeping it simple. I have been listening to Crystal Castles recently and Kid Cudi. KID CUDI IS A BIG INSPIRATION TOO. I got this playlist with a bunch of songs by Alex g that I been listening to a lot recently. I don’t listen to rap that much anymore honestly. I like to listen to other genres to figure out how I can add stuff from other genres into my music.

What are some of the biggest obstacles you’ve encountered or faced in this industry?

You are going to make mistakes. It’s going to be hard. It won’t happen how you expect it. Consistency is key. Relationships are very important. People love seeing who’s making the music.

How would you describe your sound and style?

(I D E ) I did everything! There are no boundaries in my sound, I’ve got so much to come with so many genres; y’all just gonna have to wait to make your decision on that

What are some of your goals this year?

My goals for this year are to put out a lot of music and visual content. Make a lot of connections.To make myself a stamp in the local scene, and to find someone who can take my career to the next level.

Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?



Mike Dean

What is your creative process like?

I really find myself always creating, whether I’m cleaning dishes thinking of a melody in my head or working on my guitar skills. It never stops; this is my life; music is my life. I’m always creating and thinking of ways to push boundaries. What’s your favorite go-to order?

If I’m not making food, which I usually always am, I definitely would go to a #1 at Chik-fil-A. Simple and always slapping.