Andrew Wyatt

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Andrew Wyatt
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Wyatt performs with Miike Snow at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles
Background information
Birth name Andrew Wyatt Blakemore[1]
Origin New York City, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock
Pop
Electronic
Occupations Musician, composer, producer
Instruments Bass guitar, keyboard, vocals
Years active 2003–present
Labels Downtown Records, Columbia, MapleMusic Recordings
Associated acts Miike Snow, The A.M., Funkraphiliacs, Mark Ronson, Carl Barat
Website www.MiikeSnow.com
Notable instruments
Vocals

Andrew Wyatt is an American musician and producer. Born and raised in Manhattan, he has played in New York bands such as The A.M.[2] and Black Beetle. He is currently the vocalist in the Swedish electronic pop band Miike Snow.[3][4] Wyatt has worked extensively with other artists, writing and/or producing songs with Carl Barat, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Dragons of Zynth, Coco Sumner and others.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Wyatt grew up on Perry Street in Manhattan[5] in the 1980s.[6] At 18, he and musician Greg Kurstin formed the short-lived experimental pop band Funkraphiliacs, whereupon he was signed to Capitol Records as a solo artist. He worked on the album in Bath, UK, at Peter Gabriel's Real World studios for about a year, with the Pet Shop Boys and Siouxie Sioux producer Stephen Hague,[7] until chemical dependency and psychological issues forced him into hospitalization at New York's Paine Whitney clinic. Surmising that a major label release with its incumbent pressures was not realistic, it was decided that a period of respite was needed. Wyatt moved to a small mountain town in Colorado for several years.[8]

Career[edit]

After briefly studying at classical conservatory, he returned to New York City and shortly thereafter formed the group The A.M. with Michael Tighe and Parker Kindred, formerly of Jeff Buckley's band. The group released one album on Universal UK before disbanding in 2005.[9][10]

He is currently the lead singer and co-songwriter for the Swedish band Miike Snow[3][11][12]

Outside of his own band projects, Wyatt has worked extensively with other artists, writing and/or producing songs with Carl Barat,[13][14] Mark Ronson,[15][16][17] Tiggers, Dragons of Zynth, Coco Sumner, and many others. In 2011 he co-wrote "Grenade" with Bruno Mars. The song went to number one in several countries including the U.S, and earned a Grammy Nomination for Song of the Year. He has also in recent years begun doing sound installations for galleries and video art, and debuted Waves, a collaboration with photographer / video artist Sebastian Mlynarski, at The New Museum in New York.[1] He co-created the music for the 2012 one-act ballet "Carbon Life" along with Mark Ronson and Wayne McGregor.[18]

Wyatt released his debut solo album Descender on April 16, 2013 on INGRID/Downtown Records and the only live performance of the album to date was at Capitale in New York City on May 10, 2013 as part of the Downtown Festival.[19] The album features the 75-piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra with additional appearances by The Libertines' Anthony Rossomando, Spiritualized's bassist Brad Truax, Amen Dunes' Damon McMahon, and Tortoise's John Herndon.[20] A short documentary directed by Sebastian Mlynarski, entitled "The Making of Descender," [21] was made in collaboration with The Creator's Project on March 19, 2013. In the documentary Wyatt discussed the challenges of completing the album in only a month, as that was the only time he had between Miike Snow tours and it gave a behind the scenes look at the recording process.[22] The first single from the project, "And Septimus...", was made available for streaming on February 19, 2013 and a music video for the single that was filmed in Buenos Aires and directed by Sebastian Mlynarski, premiered on Rolling Stone.com on May 7, 2013.[19]

Discography[edit]

Wyatt performs with Miike Snow in New York City on March 20, 2012
Studio albums (selected)
Sound installations
Ballet Scores

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Initiation: Max G. Morton, Johanna Constantine, Sebastian Mlynarski, and F. Sean Martin". The New Museum. September 9, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ Jones, Neil (October 13, 2003). "The A.M.". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "New band of the day: Miike Snow (No 554)". The Guardian. May 26, 2009. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  4. ^ Chinen, Nate (January 16, 2009). "Sonic Adventures, From a Cappella to Zydeco". New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Madison, Lucy (June 23, 2009). "Putting the I's in Miike Snow". Interview Magazine. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ Goodman, Lizzy (September 25, 2009). "Such Sweet Sorrow". New York Magazine. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Miike Snow: The Band, The Facts, The Music". The Burning Ear. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Miike Snow". Music for Ants. August 5, 2009. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Andrew Wyatt". Downtown Music Publishing. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ Natalie, Kuchik (October 22, 2009). "Interview: Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow". Examiner. 
  11. ^ O'Donnell, Kevin (January 31, 2011). "Stream Miike Snow's 45-Minute Australian Show". Spin. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ Hart, Kelli (April 18, 2010). "Coachella 2010 Day 3: Miike Snow draws a large crowd to Mojave". The Orange County Register. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  13. ^ Haynes, Gavin (October 1, 2010). "Album Review: Carl Barat – Carl Barat (Arcady)". NME. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Carl Barât debuts new solo album at Glastonbury headline show". NME. June 25, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  15. ^ Deusner, Stephen (October 14, 2010). "Album Review: Mark Ronson Record Collection". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 31, 2011. 
  16. ^ Baltin, Steve (November 4, 2010). "Mark Ronson Wakes Up Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt". Spinner. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  17. ^ Thai, David (September 22, 2010). "Mark Ronson and the Business Intl ft Boy George, Rose Elinor Dougall, Andrew Wyatt "Somebody to Love Me"". Speaker Boxxx. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b "Royal Ballet – "Carbon Life"". 1883 Digital. March 20, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2011. 
  19. ^ a b Roffman, Michael (February 19, 2013). "Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt announces solo debut, listen to new single "And Septimus…"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  20. ^ Breimann, Kate (February 19, 2013). "Andrew Wyatt Channels Orchestral Side in 'And Septimus...' – Song Premiere". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  21. ^ "The Making of Descender". Vimeo. April 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  22. ^ Holmes, Kevin (April 2013). "THE MAKING OF 'DESCENDER': ANDREW WYATT ON CREATIVITY, VIOLIN REPAIR STORES, AND DISCONTENT ORCHESTRAS". Noisey. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 

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