Since arriving to campus as a Winter Start last semester, sophomore Wyatt Morrison has quickly stood out amongst the CC music scene. Under the alias of SWSHR, Morrison’s presence continues to grow both at campus house parties and on online music platforms. This week, get to know Morrison, what he sings in the shower, his thoughts on his first album, and what’s next.
Interview by SAM SILVERMAN
The Catalyst: When you came in as a Winter Start last year, you became quickly involved with the music scene at CC. What allowed you to gain that immediate footing only a few weeks into your first semester?
Wyatt Morrison: For some reason, when I arrived on campus, people already knew I played piano, and I went to a few band practices and I eventually started playing with the band Frog, which was fun. And then I started doing more of my solo stuff, found a place to record, and got my equipment from Seattle, so I was able to record more and I was doing solo shows by the end of the year. This year, I’m doing more solo shows than band shows.
TC: If you could have any artist – living or dead – over for dinner, who would they be, and what would you make them?
WM: Damn. Okay. Man, I’ve never thought about this before. I would probably invite Robert Glasper over. We’d make some filet mignon, some roasted potatoes with sautéed asparagus. Yeah, I think that would be the meal. And some red wine. He seems like a red wine man.
TC: What do you feel is the best song you have ever written and/or recorded and, if there is a difference, what is your favorite piece to perform?
WM: I really think my best song to date is “Driving South,” which is a song that I had my best friend who goes to school at CalPoly – no Occidental, that’s where he goes to school – record some trumpet over it. I think that’s my best song. At the foundation of it, it’s pretty hip-hop, as opposed to some of my other stuff, which is more hip-hop/rap incorporated. But yeah I really liked that song. I have a couple other songs I’m working on with a dude from Seattle named Kogo Shabazz. I mean, he’s been doing a bunch of stuff in the Seattle scene – super hip-hop oriented – so I’ve been trying to hit that direction a little more.
TC: Favorite song to sing in the shower?
WM: It really depends on what I’m listening to, but probably some Anderson Paak. or maybe some Macy Gray. Some classic Macy Gray.
TC: Do feel as though your personality and stage presence differ in any way?
WM: I mean, a little bit. I don’t know how to explain it. I’m kinda shy. I’m figuring out I’m kind of shy, but I’m outgoing as well. I definitely am able to accentuate the more showy aspects of my personality or just like my stage presence, you know. You have to be kind of commanding, or else people won’t pay attention. So yeah, I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about stage presence much to this extent, but definitely as I do more shows, it’ll probably be more of an issue.
TC: What is the intersection between the music you play and produce and what you study at CC?
WM: There’s a complete lack of correlation between the two. I am not really into formal music education that much, like I made the most progress in piano, and just music in general, learning by ear. But I would love to learn about music marketing. I am taking some econ classes, so I would love to get into some music marketing or advertising.
TC: With all the momentum you’ve recently gained on Sound Cloud and the album you just put out, how to plan to continue that with both the stuff you’re putting online and at CC and in the springs?
WM: It’s definitely difficult to do it in the springs because CC is super separated from the whole community, I think. I am thinking of doing some school in New York next year and working with some people out there, as well as getting some shows in Denver later in the year, or even just in the springs. But I think I’ll chill on the whole album thing for a while. That was a lot of work. I mean, I did all the work, and it was a lot, but I don’t think I necessarily expected it to be as hard as I previously thought it would be. So I’m doing some music with Daniel Walsh, and we’re dropping music throughout the year, I think. We’ll have some songs coming out soon. So, I think I’d say collaborating with more people and getting the name out.
TC: What’s next for you as a musician throughout the year?
WM: I really want to start playing piano for people. I I want to be in a band with some of my friends from Seattle, although I don’t know when I’ll be able to be in Seattle next. So that’s been in the works, that’s been on my mind. I mean, there’s just a ton of people in Seattle I want to make music with, but haven’t really found the opportunity yet. So that’s also in the works. I don’t know, I’m in kind of a lull right now where I have a lot of things. I have a lot of songs that are recorded and mixed and ready to go, but I don’t know what I’ll do with them, as of now. Maybe I’ll just leak ‘em out as singles or whatever, but I don’t know. That’s kind of the question of my mind right now
TC: What’s next for you aside from music?
WM: I kind of had a weird half-year of school last year, so I’m excited to have a full year under my belt. I started off doing very well thus far, so that’s very nice. Definitely looking to travel more, definitely looking to do some study abroad and getting out of the United States, so I’m excited for that. I don’t know. I’m excited to see where the year takes me right now. I think I’m just sitting back and gearing up for the year. I’m chillin’.