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Sep 3, 2020

Why Big Wild's Songs Feel Like Adventures

As a producer, musician, songwriter, and vocalist, Jackson Stell is crafting works that are inspired by remarkable outdoor landscapes and capture the ecstatic feelings we have when we venture into the natural world. (Photo: Courtesy Big Wild)
As a producer, musician, songwriter, and vocalist, Jackson Stell is crafting works that are inspired by remarkable outdoor landscapes and capture the ecstatic feelings we have when we venture into the natural world.

You know how when you listen to certain songs, you feel you feel like you’re being transported to a totally different place? Most of the time, this is exactly what a musician tries to do—especially if the musician is Jackson Stell, who creates music under the name Big Wild. Stell is a rapidly rising artist in the electronic and dance scene, though his songs don’t fit neatly in the genre. As a producer, musician, songwriter, and vocalist, he’s crafting works that are inspired by remarkable outdoor landscapes and capture the ecstatic feelings we have when we venture into the natural world. The result is songs that make us feel like we’re on an adventure—and having a fantastic time. In this episode, we take a trip through Big Wild’s catalog and talk to Stell about how his personal journey led him to seek out a new kind of sound experience.


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