If you haven’t heard the name Shi Wisdom, then you haven’t been listening very well. Renee “Shi” Wisdom has been writing for thee biggest musical names on this planet. Her BandCamp page is filled with very beautiful and musiq-eque projects all better than your favorite pop stars. She definitely has a lot to say and her time in the spotlight is coming soon whether she wants it or not. Read the rest of this article to learn about her methods when writing songs, the issues regarding the “drake ghostwriting conspiracies” and her upcoming project Negest.
So Shi, what came first for you, singing or songwriting?
It’s kind of like asking “what came first, the chicken or the egg?”. Lol. To be honest, I’m not sure. If we’re talking about what came first professionally, singing was what I had the courage to do first. Writing felt so much more personal & made me feel more vulnerable, so that came later, with a little added confidence.
Who are some of the bands or artist on your ipod?
Bands on my iPod:
Shi Wisdom (LOL)
Spek Won (TorontO)
Brendan Philip (TorontO)
Keita Juma (TorontO)
….the list goes on. Lol.
Songwriting is known as being a highly difficult skill. Is it? What is your songwriting process?
I wouldn’t say that songwriting is a highly difficult skill. At the same time, I feel as though if you’re not born with IT, chances are it will always be difficult for you. I won’t claim to be a genius or anything of the sort, but I will say that songwriting comes relatively easy to me. In my short life, I’ve experienced so much! Things I haven’t experienced directly, I’ve experienced indirectly, through close friends/family. I’ve seen a lot, so I have a lot to say. I have some favourite places to write, which include the bathtub, a dark closet, a parked car in a busy parking lot, etc.
Are these recent conspiracies true? Have you been ghostwriting for Drake? What songs? After first hearing ‘LVSPK’ I noticed a similarity in writing styles.
I have worked with Drake & that is a known fact. I’m no ghostwriter. My name is in the album pamphlet right there with his. I’ve also noticed similar writing styles.
Who have you worked with recently?
Recently, my most exciting collaboration has been with Iman Omari, for some upcoming projects. I’m also still very supportive of the Toronto music scene, so I want to shout out the people I work with over there: Nevon, Keita Juma, Spek Won, Tika Simone, Brendan Philip, O’Sound, Wolf J…to name a few (sorry if I missed anyone)
‘Stranger Things Have Happened’ is your latest project. What is your next?
Yeah, STHH & Intervention were two pieces of work I put out this year. My next project, entitled “Negest”, is set to be released next year.
Is fame important to you? What is most important to you in your life?
Fame is absolutely the most undesired thing in my life. So much responsibility that you couldn’t possibly live normally to fulfill. So many expectations & judgments. I’m not interested in it at all. What is important to me is the ability to create & share without limit, ultimately meaning, being able to do what is innate & make a decent living doing so. For me, that is where MY happiness lies.
That last answer are words to live by. I repeat; What is important to me is the ability to create & share without limit, ultimately meaning, being able to do what is innate & make a decent living doing so. For me, that is where MY happiness lies. Keep your ears open for more great music from Shi Wisdom.