Musician of the Week

Owen Whitley, third-year Industrial/Organizational Psychology Major

Hometown: Sparta, N.J.

-What’s your instrument of choice and why?

Primarily guitar because growing up it’s something I was always fascinated by. I also taught myself to sing a couple years ago.

-What are you involved with musically?

 I’m in Male Call, and I also write pretty much whenever I have free time.

 -Who are your biggest influences?

Stylistically, Koji and Mat Kerekes, but I also draw a lot from bands like Basement, Balance and Composure, Moving Mountains and As Tall As Lions.

 -Who have you been listening to lately?

I’ve been really hooked on Moving Mountains’ self-titled lately. Also I‘ve been

 listening to a lot of the Misfits, White Lung, and Dino Jr. this week.

-What’s your plan for the future?

My plan is to move out west to the Bay Area and take it from there. I really want to live somewhere with a different social atmosphere and expand my horizons.

 -Any advice for aspiring musicians?

Passion makes perfect. If you really love what you’re doing, you’re the only one that needs to like it. Music’s way too personal of a thing to put up with criticism.