Millions of Spotify listeners have already heard Still Woozy’s hit single “Goodie Bag” from his Habit EP. His latest single, “Habit,” released earlier this month and already has nearly 60,000 plays on Soundcloud. Whether you fully support his musical vibe or have never even heard a song, Still Woozy is an up-and-coming artist that you don’t want to miss.
The alternative artist is set to perform in Chicago on January 17, 2019 at Schubas Tavern. His tour will debut his new EP, “Lately.” Woozy’s Chicago performance is part of his North American tour beginning January 9th in Portland and concluding February 4th in San Diego.
The tour comes just a year after Still Woozy, born Sven Gamsky, decided to leave his band, Feed Me Jack, to go solo. The Oakland native said he made the decision in order to have more musical control. In Gamsky’s interview with WLUW, he said that his former bandmates were “insane musicians” and that they taught him “everything about music production.” But these qualities ultimately helped Gamsky find himself as an individual artist.
“I think that being around that kind of technicality really pushed me to become a better musician in general,” Gamsky said, referring to his ex-bandmates musical skills. “Which I don’t know if I necessarily would have done if I had done if I wasn’t in that group.”
Despite Gamsky improving in musical skill, he realized it was not his purpose in pursuing music. Gamsky’s passion for music started during his childhood. But according to him, it was not the technical side of things that drew him in.
“I wasn’t like ‘omg that was the craziest drum solo or craziest guitar solo I ever heard,’” Gamsky said. “It was more like the emotional side of music of songwriting and singing and melodies that really got me interested in music in the first place.”
Gamsky realized being with the band, “wasn’t the right place” for him. “If I was going to make music… why waste your time with something that isn’t allowing you to express yourself in the way that you want?”
As a soloist, Still Woozy began making music with a very unique sound. Still, Woozy’s songs are what he calls “electronic/acoustic wooz.” His songs fuse jazz and folk-rock rhythms and are played by both electronic and acoustic instruments. If psychedelia were a sound, his Habit EP would embody it. The tunes could be considered as original as their videos on YouTube. While the majority of his music videos consist of the track with and a colorful, abstract image in the background, “Goodie Bag” is much different. In the video, Woozy and his friends ride around California. They seem to be having a good time while dancing around the streets. Other images show Woozy at a barber shop getting cleaned up. It’s a video that is definitely original and fits the abstract sound of his EP. It also reflects the importance of expression in his music.
Last month, Still Woozy performed at several sold-out shows including Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, LA at The Roxy and San Francisco at Rickshaw Stop.
Upon seeing Gamsky’s rise in success, his parents have become even more supportive. Gamsky said his parents were “stoked” upon seeing his sold-out show in San Francisco.
“It was packed and it was such a fun night in general,” Gamsky said. “I felt really good that they could see me in my element and see that this was worth all the time that I spent and that I have a future.”
Gamsky’s passion is seemingly paying off as the young artist is growing quickly in popularity and success. For those who wish to lose themselves in music, Woozy’s concert at Schuba’s Tavern will be a great opportunity. Tickets can be found here!