Hijinx 2019 Artist Spotlight: Big Wild
The multi-talented producer and live performer Big Wild will certainly stand out at this year’s Hijinx Festival. The mastermind behind Big Wild, Jackson Stell, is the only artist on this year’s lineup who is the singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist in his own live set. His live performance at Hijinx will feature him alternating between drum pads, synths, keyboards, & live vocals, all while bringing that undeniable wild vibe. With all of Big Wild’s collaborations there is always the prospect of special guests to join his live performance.
The Massachusetts native got his start in music as a hip-hop beat producer. His music career took a drastic turn after a life changing trip to Big Sur, California in which his surroundings inspired the creation of the Big Wild project and sound.
The project got it’s jump start in 2015 with the Foreign Family Collective and the release of his break out track “Aftergold” With this tune topping the Spotify Global Viral chart, Big Wild began his rise to one of the most successful electronic based artists in the industry today. His premier EP Invincible, released in January of 2017, features vocals from Ida Hawk, an incredible lyricist and vocal talent whom he has re-connected with for several other collaborative efforts since.
After signing with Counter Records, this past February Stell released his debut album Superdream, which features an array of songs spanning from the beloved Big Wild electronic sound, to more indie, pop, and even disco tunes.
“The album was inspired by a need to create music that was a greater reflection of who I am now. This led me to feature my voice and songwriting as the main focus for the first time ever. I wanted to create a personal record that people could relate to using my own life experiences. When I listen to Superdream, it feels more like me than any of my other music.”
With Big Wild bringing the Superdream Tour to cities across all of America, and extending to Europe and the UK, his performance features three powerhouse female artists. Maddie Rice on guitar, Haley Johnsen on bass and Ida Hawk leading all three ladies in vocals combine together for the perfect uplifting live performance. With his Superdream Tour wrapping up in California just one month before his Hijinx performance, Big Wild will have plenty of time to rest up and plan something special for his Hijinx set and New Years show run. With one month left in this immensely successful 2019, one can only imagine what the Big Wild team has planned to finish off and top his incredible year.
“Every show letting go a little more and putting as much of myself out there as I can. Every stage a blank canvas. All for connection. The more I make music, the more I understand that’s what it’s about.”
Find the connection and magic of music at Hijinx this year. Tickets on sale at hijinxfest.com