We had the good fortune of connecting with Wakiyan Goulet and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Wakiyan, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I was inspired to play and write music by KISS. More specifically, their original lead guitarist, Ace Frehley. When I listened to KISS’ song, “Detroit Rock City” for the first time, I was blown away from Ace Frehley’s guitar solo. After listening to that song for the first time, I thought to myself, “That’s it, I want to play guitar.”
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think what I’m most proud of is having the courage to discover what my passions are, and to persevere in them. My latest single, “Virus-Infected High School Graduation” is about the events before, during, and after graduating high school under the circumstances of COVID-19. My music career started with taking lessons at School of Rock in the Woodlands, Texas. Then almost a year later, I joined School of Rock’s performance program and did twenty-nine gigs with the help of the performance program. It wasn’t an easy road, but I needed to be courageous and persevering on that road. I think some of the most important lessons I learned along the way are, to be patient, and open-minded when working with other people. The reasons why I say that are because, you never know if you’re working with someone who has less or more experience in what you do, and you never know what good ideas or knowledge other people have that you haven’t thought of, or knew about. What I want the world to know about me is that, when it comes to my music, I want to express myself in ways that people can relate to.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well, I have multiple best friends. Whenever I’m the host of a social gathering, the things that I would do are, know who is or are going to be attending, list the common interests that we all have, then plan the activities and locations for activities from there, so that way, everyone can have a wonderful time. Places I would take my friends are downtown to the Hard Rock Café for food and then to the White Oak Music Hall for a concert.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people that helped me on my music career journey that definitely deserve a shoutout are the students, and staff of School of Rock, from The Woodlands, Texas.