On episode 85 of the WRITER 2.0 Podcast I was joined by Grammy winner Michael Wansley, AKA The Wanz. We talked about writing and performing the hook on “Thrift Shop,” the now-iconic song by Macklemore, and we also discussed his new book, #TheBookofWanz.
- his earliest memories of singing;
- the 80s and 90s Seattle music scene;
- why he quit music and how he kept going through the tough times;
- the night “Thrift Shop” came about–June 12, 2012.
Plus, on “Today in Writing,” happy birthday to John Milton.
About our guest:
Michael Wansley, AKA The Wanz, is a longtime Seattle musician who caught the tail of a comet in 2012 after being asked to sing the hook on Macklemore’s now iconic song “Thrift Shop.” He held on for dear life, riding it to worldwide success, 800 million views on YouTube, and even a Grammy!
Now, after that magical ride, Wanz has a new book, in which he shares the thoughts and philosophical musings he tweeted while on the road between 2012–2015 in his first literary effort, #TheBookOfWanz.