We had the good fortune of connecting with Wade C. Long and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wade C., how do you think about risk?
Risk is everything! I can’t think of anything great ever done without a huge amount of risk connected to it. Wherever risk is involved I ‘ve learned you can expect fear to be right behind it. For me, the key to progressing in spite of risk and fear is recognizing the risk involved in not trying to reach a goal is normally greater than the fear in going for it. So, go for it!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
What sets me apart is my versatility. I came up listening from everyone from AC/DC to Andrae Crouch and I believe all of those elements are present at some point or another, within my sound. I’m most proud and excited about taking the initiative to develop my own record label, Sealong Music Group. For me, creative control is of an utmost importance, and I want, and probably need to be able to present my music to my fans in a way that isn’t watered down or boxed in to a particular format. It’s never easy venturing out on your own and taking the road less travelled as opposed to a way that may be more commercially acceptable, but I’ve learned that when you try to be inauthentic that is communicated through what you put out as well.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
It’s a cardinal sin to come to LA without visiting the Pacific Ocean. Whether it’s Santa Monica or Marina del Rey or any other of the many beaches, that’s a must do. At least one meal must be shared there, particularly if the person is into seafood, and if not maybe they can swim in the water or just walk on the sand. Also, Hollywood is important for more than one reason. There is so much film culture with the Walk of Fame and the many theaters. However, Hollywood gives you a full picture of Los Angeles because often just a few feet behind the decadence of a red carpet event you will find the polar opposite – some of our friends who are members of the homeless community. They are part of the most forgotten and often misunderstood among us.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I come from a fantastic family with diverse musical tastes. Whenever I undertake a new project or have a new idea they make themselves available, encouraging me and pointing out any blind spots I may have. When things go sour they listen without judgment, but also aren’t afraid to correct me if they feel like I’m out of line or selling myself short.
Gabriel Tomio Anderson