WakeUpWes- A Rising Talent


A producer name that is becoming more common to be found on rising artists songs, such as Steele11, 20-year-old New Jersey producer WakeUpWes is creating a musical portfolio that will leave a powerful legacy behind.

Time to uncover this producer, and their story.

The producer comments that originally he had a more “generic” producer alias, and wasn’t always known as WakeUpWes.

However, the producer wanted for his beat vocal tag to say “wake up Wes.”

From then on, the producer decided that this was the alias he wanted to be known as.

“I really just loved that name so I stuck with it,” says the New Jersey producer.

Wes also states that his greatest musical influences are Chief Keef, 808 Mafia, Lil Uzi Vert, and Lil Wayne. The producer also previously watched Southside on Periscope, which fueled Wes’ motivation to start producing.

The producer also speaks on his musical beginnings.

Wes comments that everyone in his town was becoming involved in music, and a “buzz” was started to form. Rap was becoming more of a common hobby within his town, but Wes states that he couldn’t rap.


20-year-old producer WakeUpWes.

The 20-year-old producer wanted to take a more “lowkey” approach to music, and started to produce beats.

“I couldn’t rap to save my life and it’s not really my scene,” says WakeUpWes.

The producer now comments that they have over 400 thousand plays on their SoundCloud for songs he has produced.

WakeUpWes has also produced alongside ForeignGotEm for artist Famous Dex. Wes states that this is his own greatest musical achievement thus far.

The producer is also a member of the producer-exclusive group Club Evil.

Growing up, Wes states that he had a great childhood and that he can’t complain. The producer was born to young parents in Camden, New Jersey.

Wes comments that his father moved and took him to a more safe neighborhood as well.

The producer’s parents did not understand what Wes was doing at the beginning regarding his beat creating, and thought he was wasting his time. However, once they discovered that Wes was making money off of his career, they started to approve.

The producer also endured a few hardships along his musical journey.

Wes claims that the actual process of learning to produce proved to be one of his biggest hardships.

The New Jersey producer stopped for a period of 6 months initially due to the difficulty he had with the process [of beat making]. During this period, Wes became educated with the software FL Studio.

“I think the key to perseverance in that time was just to keep learning and learning,” says WakeUpWes.

I also asked Wes to describe himself.

Wes states that he is a laidback and seemingly carefree individual. However, if his income or relationship comes under “fire,” Wes will retaliate.

The producer also states that he produces out of his love for the craft, and not necessarily the money that forms as a result of it [producing].

“I like to lab [collaborate] with people I’ve never worked with. I make beats almost every day. I don’t really do it for the money,” says WakeUpWes.

The producer also states that if his musical career doesn’t work out, he would like to still be involved in music and entertainment. In particular, Wes would like to work with Complex, Lyrical Lemonade, or any record label.

Wes also claims that he doesn’t have a schedule for his beat making.

The producer gives advice as well.

Wes states that practice is important, and to find a sound you love and continually work on it.

Finding friends in a friendly community is also important as they can provide support, and help promote your content. Feedback can also be received this way.

Wes also states to be active in all forms of social media, and to choose a marketing image that is attractive to others but is still “you.”

The producer would also like to work with artists Summrs, Weiland, Lil Tracy, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, and Gunna.

The New Jersey producer also has music coming out shortly alongside artists Steele11, Nev Ver, and Sol Jay.

The Club Evil Vol.1 tape is also dropping late October.

To stay up to date with WakeUpWes’ career, be sure to follow his social media accounts listed below:



Dark Rose Podcast #7- Savage Gasp and Steele11


For this episode of Dark Rose Podcast, things are much different. Rather than bringing on one personality and interviewing them, I have two on and hilarity follows.

Meet Savage Gasp, a New-York based artist who I’ve interviewed before, and Steele11, who I’ve interviewed as well as brought on for Podcast Episode 5.

We speak about Kingdom Hearts, Gears of War, Final Fantasy, tattoos, erotic fiction, music, how they began, what’s planned for the future, and more.


Savage Gasp interview:

Steele11 interview:

Steele11 Podcast:

Featured Song: The devil wears Belenciaga by Savage Gasp (Prod.Izak)

Memphis- Bringing Business To Music


21-year-old Virginia artist Memphis comes forward to speak about his career, hardships, his involvement in large modeling campaigns, his life growing up, his future, and more.

Time to explore the London-born artist Memphis.

21-year-old artist Memphis had his name given to him by his peers, rather than be chosen by himself.

The artist, who attends college to study business, plays soccer in college, and played it in high school as well,

While playing soccer one day, Memphis scored, and his friend imitated an English commentator’s voice/accent and called him Memphis, after Dutch native “Memphis Depay.”

The name stuck ever since, and has become the artist’s musical alias.

Memphis is also originally from London, England, but moved to the US at a young age, and is now settled in Newport News, Virginia.

The young artist states that he grew up privileged, and had a good life. Memphis comments that his parents were healthy.

Memphis says he was blessed to live in the household that he did, and that one day he will give back to his parents everything that they did and do for him.

Memphis also states that going to college has helped his career due to his skills in marketing himself, and his image.

“There’s a lot about the industry and marketing that kids don’t understand. It’s not just about how hot your music is,” says Memphis.

The Virginia artist’s musical inspirations include A$AP Rocky, T-Pain, Yung Lean, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, PnD, Young Thug, Chris Travis, and 24HRS, and others.

The artist also speaks about the hardships he’s endured along with his career, and as well as before.

Memphis comments that he’s a very emotional individual, and he goes through the motions of feeling both positive, as well as negative.

“Most of my music reflects what I go through, You can hear the emotion in my voice and through my lyrics. Songs like Pure Spirit, Forfeit, [and others] all are songs that kind of show you what kind of person I am when it comes to how emotional I am,” says Memphis.

The artist comments that he also suffers from people not getting along with him at times. Memphis states that he does not always fit in in various environments, and people often mistake his passion and confidence for Memphis being egotistical [self-absorbed] in nature.

Memphis states that he believes people hate seeing someone being prideful in themselves and their own career.

“I didn’t really fit in, in most environments I was apart of as a child. I’m a very strong, confident, and passionate person,” says Memphis.

Memphis also describes himself as a “regular student” who goes to school, gets his work completed, and focuses on his business. Memphis also comments that he’s disciplined, responsible, determined, and motivated.

“This also flows into my music – I’m always super focused and driven to be the best in anything I do,” says Memphis.


“I’m always super focused and driven to be the best in anything I do,” says Memphis. Source.

As an artist, Memphis states he likes to let “all emotions flow.”

“I could be a heartthrob one day, a heartbroken sad boy one day, and a pop star the next day. There’s no real telling what you can expect from me,” says Memphis.

The artist also speaks about how he began.

In high school, the artist’s peers began to rap, and Memphis began to rap also. Memphis comments that he started on boom bap, and that it [his music] was terrible

The artist states that he also thought autotune was “corny” at the time, but in freshman year of college, decided to test it out and ended up liking it.

Memphis also states that he has a few achievements so far, but is not “close to his peak whatsoever.”

A few of these achievements include a song that is releasing with artist iLoveMakonnen soon, the inclusion in the G-Star RAW modeling campaign, as well as being on Elevator.


“Everything I’m doing right now I feel as if was meant to happen and I’m only growing faster,” says Memphis.

The artist also gives advice to those in the industry.

Memphis states that you must be wary of your surroundings, and acknowledge that you are a brand, and need to act respectfully.

The Virginia artist also comments that readers need to focus on making music that they enjoy making, and be original. Focus on making your sound exclusive.

“Be respectful, too much ego burns bridges. Remember it’s a business, not just some internet s***,” says Memphis.

The artist also states that you need to be yourself, and express yourself in ways that you want people to see you.

“My mentality is, you’ll become who you want to become, by thinking about who you want to become all the time. I wear a lot of tracksuits, because I’m sporty. It’s just who I’ve always been my whole life. It fits me,” says Memphis.

Regarding how Memphis makes music, he states that he freestyles most of the time. He comments that he previously wrote lyrics, but he finds freestyling to be more organic and natural.

“I don’t really follow a schedule, I have times where I’m pushing out like 12 songs a week then the next week I need to find some inspiration. But when I find that inspiration, it’s hard to slow me down.,” says Memphis.

Regarding artists, Memphis would also like to work with iLoveMakonnen, Gunna, T Pain, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Nebu Kiniza, SahBabii, T3, Bladee, A$AP Rocky, Smooky Margielaa.

Memphis also has a project on the way, and lots of singles in the works.

To stay up to date with Memphis’ career, be sure to follow his social media accounts listed below: