Lost Lake Presents Wingtip with Pleasure Prince on Friday, June 10 —
How does one make the weird fork-in-the-road choices that steer an impromptu career? How do you go from a youthful, happy-accident starting point which happens to become a viral dance pop smash, to a debut singer-songwriter album that succeeds in transcending the genre spectrum, unlocks a few emotional truths and redefines your artistic outlook? And in the midst of such disparate points on the map, how do you navigate both music’s professional corporate pop lane AND serve the song, tapping into your own personality, over and over again?
Nick Perloff-Giles, often known by his artist moniker Wingtip but increasingly by his birth name as a successful songwriter for hire, has lived numerous musical lives. It comes almost as a surprise that, following a slew of singles and an EP which were mile-markers on his twisting climb, All Your Friends Are Here is Wingtip’s debut full-length album. Less so that it is a pearl in today’s convenience store of musical shells, a distinctive statement of the artist’s evolving personality that also shows off the pop craftsmanship required to master the system.
And if anybody should be able to pull this off, it’s Perloff-Giles, who has already seen both sides of the equation: “In some ways, the last couple years have been the process of unlearning everything I learned. It’s very liberating, and I realize that the stuff that moves me and that I really want to emulate, is both personal and a little bit more unstructured.”