Artists to Watch in 2018: Still Woozy
Unlike most artists we have featured as an ‘Artist to watch in 2018’, STILL WOOZY has not yet released an album or completed a national tour or played at various music festivals. In fact, he performed his first show in December 2017. What puts him on this list is his sheer professionalism, his growth in listeners in the last year and his uncanny potential.
Still Woozy is the one-man production of Sven Gamsky who hails from Oakland, California. After graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2015 and with a background in jazz, blues, folk and rock, Gamsky became a member of the band, Feed Me Jack, with fellow students.
To date, Still Woozy has released four singles, ‘Vacation’, ‘Cooks’, ‘Wolfcat’ and ‘Goodie Bag’. Though his discography is small, what is so special about his music is its ability to present feelings, situations and moments-that-might-just-slip-away; basically things that are popularly experienced among us all – in a unique and unorthodox way.
There is a lack of pretentiousness in his music, a quiet demeanour that focuses on the music’s intended meaning rather than the music’s intended popularity. It is a refreshing approach to the production process, one that combines acoustic and electronic elements resulting in innovative style. It adds a depth to Still Woozy’s music, furthered through his beatific harmonies, propelling synth effects and infectious, catchy riffs, as well as through his lyrics, voice and multi-genre influences.
Accompanying Still Woozy’s second release ‘Cooks’ is his first music video, a deliciously alternative, and at times kooky, look into his love life and, I guess, influence.
Still Woozy is a seriously underrated artist, most likely due to his newness. There is no doubt in my mind, however, that he will gain well-deserved notoriety in 2018, not only for his musical ability but also for his quirky character and relatable lyrics. There will not be a moment in 2018 where I will not be rooting for Still Woozy. Good luck!
WORDS BY JULIE FENWICK