Meet the Artist: Waddell Smith
Name: Waddell Smith aka WS1
City: Siksika Nation
Genre: Hip hop
A bit about myself:
I’m a Blackfoot artist from Siksika Nation who enjoys making music, mostly rock and hip hop. I enjoy songwriting and playing guitar as well as making hip-hop beats. I’m also the CEO and producer of Down Beat Productions.
Jimi Hendrix, Led Zepplin, The Doors, Guns N’ Roses, Chris Cornell (Audioslave), Cory Taylor (Slipknot, Stonesour), Godsmack, Killswitch Engage, Metallica, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
The first album I bought:
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s Creepin On Ah Come Up (CD). My first cassette might have been a Guns N’ Roses album or Offspring’s Smash album. Possibly a Dance Mix 90-something.
The first concert I went to:
The last concert I went to:
The last song I listened to:
Ol’ School Newbie by Northern Cree.
My favourite song of all time:
Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix.
The one song I wish I’d written:
End of Heartache by Killswitch Engage.
My dream gig:
I’d like to play in a rock band and tour with a band like Godsmack or Killswitch Engage.
Myself in three words:
I Get It.
Best piece of advice I’ve ever received:
“Keep goin’.” – Grandpa
Beatles or Rolling Stones:
What I do to pay the bills:
I’m a shelter support worker for Siksika Shelter.
When I’m not making music, I’m …
Spending time with family and friends or playing Xbox.
Something people would be surprised to learn about me:
I can bead.
What I’m currently working on:
Hip-hop collaborations and a rock album.
If my life were a song, the title would be …
No Turning Back.