Musician of the Week: Owen Whitley

YEAR:  Fourth Year

MAJOR:  Industrial/Organizational Psychology



What’s your instrument of choice?

Guitar would probably be my number one, it just clicks the easiest for me. And I eventually started singing because I always felt limited not being able to sing along to anything I was writing on guitar a few years back.


What are you involved with musically?

Currently just working on my own solo stuff, but I’m also a part of Male Call, the all-male a cappella group on campus.


Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences right now are a weird mixed bag of artists like Koji, King Krule, City and Colour, and so many others, but I jump around a lot and spent a long time drawing influences from a lot of pop-punk bands.


Who have you been listening to lately?

I’ve had King Krule on repeat for days. 6 Feet Beneath the Moon is such a solid album.


What’s your plan for the future?

I’m sticking around New Paltz for a little while, working and doing music stuff on the side.


Any advice for aspiring musicians?

For songwriters specifically, I’d say just don’t be afraid to be genuine and at least somewhat vulnerable with the way you express yourself through your music. It’s tough sometimes to open yourself up completely and let it all spill out, but it’s your art, and your passion, for better or worse. Own it.