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    Tue, 21 Jan 2014 12:21:06

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Wanz of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Thrift Shop" Fame - He's so rad and delivers the hook in the M+RL song!

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    • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The "American Express Membership Experiences Concert Series" continued in Los Angeles this past Friday with a live performance by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Club Nokia (6/6), including a special guest appearance by hip-hop legend Warren G. 

Tickets to the concert were made available exclusively to American Express Card Members, as the program gives Card Members a new opportunity to experience the music they love in intimate venues across the country.
    • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The "American Express Membership Experiences Concert Series" continued in Los Angeles this past Friday with a live performance by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Club Nokia (6/6), including a special guest appearance by hip-hop legend Warren G. 

Tickets to the concert were made available exclusively to American Express Card Members, as the program gives Card Members a new opportunity to experience the music they love in intimate venues across the country.
    • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The "American Express Membership Experiences Concert Series" continued in Los Angeles this past Friday with a live performance by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Club Nokia (6/6), including a special guest appearance by hip-hop legend Warren G. 

Tickets to the concert were made available exclusively to American Express Card Members, as the program gives Card Members a new opportunity to experience the music they love in intimate venues across the country.

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    Today's Take Aim opponent is Wanz, who sings the amazing hook in the smash hit "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis!

    We nabbed some time with him to discuss his music and his "The Christmas Song," which you need to add to your permanent holiday playlist. Start thinking ahead to 2014.

    He is currently in the studio working on new music for 2014.

    Twitter-size your bio -- your choice of 140 words or characters, if you want to get technical-- and tell us everything we need to know! GO!

    Hook singer, songwriter, musician in love with logical principles that make and keep people human.

    If you were not doing music, you would be...

    Testing software at my now former job.

    Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?

    Jack-of-all-trades, master or none. I'm handy, I cook, clean, give a mean back rub and have been known to like baseball, football, skiing and golf.

    Pick ONE song one your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?

    On my EP Wander, the last song, 'The Greatest Gift,' was written and recorded in two days last year. Success with 'Thrift Shop' hadn't hit monetarily and touring monies kept me afloat, but there was no extra to buy Christmas gifts.

    I would watch commercial after commercial of folks buying things, see them in line at the stores and listen to their conversations about what to give someone...feeling 'less than' during the whole process. But figured that if I could put the 'Christmas Spirit' into song, that would be a great gift.

    It took about an hour for me to come up with chords and a melody. When I started putting the beat together is when I realized I was creating my own present. One that I could give to everyone and anyone! The time I was putting into this song was my gift!!! And since time is the only thing none of us can replace, I wanted to convey that we all do the best we can with the time we have and that helping someone, listening to someone, being there for someone is the greatest feeling and the greatest gift we can give to each other. Hence the title, 'The Greatest Gift.'

    Finish this sentence: Wanz is the artist...

    ...that brings fun to the table, no matter who's table it is!

    Grab "The Christmas Song" at iTunes.

    That is his new single out now via The End. "The Greatest Gift" was on the Wander EP, released in 2013 [iTunes link].

    Again, he remains hard at work on new material!

    Did you dig Wanz as much as we did? Visit his site: Wanzmusic.com

    —Amy Sciarretto
    01.21.14



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