By Salvadore LaRocca
On Oct. 27, I had the privilege of catching up with the Indiana artist, Midwxst, after his electrifying show in Atlanta. The artist, whose real name is Edgar Nathaniel Sarratt III, shared insights into his musical journey, influences, and the unique flavor he brings to the music scene.
Hailing from Indiana, Midwxst reflected on how his hometown’s lack of musical diversity pushed him to carve out his own style.
“I had to make my own swag because there wasn’t anybody making that type of stuff in my city,” said Midwxst.
The artist acknowledged the initial resistance to his unique sound but expressed gratitude for the growing support and recognition for his mature and distinctive approach.
One of the highlights of the interview was Midwxst’s discussion of his unusual musical influences. While mentioning iconic figures like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Bill Withers, he delved into the controversial topic of Elvis Presley. Despite acknowledging Elvis as a pivotal musician, Midwxst didn’t shy away from critiquing the artist’s appropriation of black culture.
“Elvis stole my people’s shit,” said Midwxst, highlighting the complexity of his admiration for Elvis’s art while addressing cultural appropriation.
The artist talked about the impact of his music, describing it as akin to the quiet, wise character in high school dramas. Drawing a parallel to the sad character from “Inside Out,” Midwxst emphasized his realist approach to music.
“I live in reality. I will keep it real with people,” said Midwxst, expressing his aversion to artificiality.
Midwxst’s performance in Atlanta left the audience in awe, with standout renditions of tracks like “Tally,” “223’s” and “Heartache Blues.” The artist’s ability to blend soulful sounds with a realistic and profound approach to music sets him apart, making him a force to be reckoned with in the industry.
Midwxst’s performance demonstrated not only his skill as a musician but also offered insight into his genuineness and dedication to remaining true to himself. With his distinct voice and viewpoint, Midwxst is sure to make a lasting impression on the music industry as he keeps making waves in the scene.