After Leaving NYU, Jai Wolf Blossoms

By Kalkidan Tadese, Contributing Writer

NYU alumni Jai Wolf recently released his first EP “Kindred Spirits.” On his first national tour, the artist, known especially for his single “Indian Summer,” looked back to his roots.

When asked of his past, Wolff recalls his childhood spent listening to music, playing in his high school orchestra and having a family supportive of his musical ambitions. The artist also remembers the years of frustration he felt as he played music that “wasn’t being created, old music that was only being played” over and over again. He had the urge to create, but his time at NYU set him on a different path at first.

Wolff, after being rejected from Tisch’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, spent his five years at NYU jumping from school to school, looking for the right fit. The artist ultimately transferred into the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Yet even after graduating from the college with degrees in marketing and communications, Jai Wolf was still not yet convinced of his future.

Only after leaving the university did Wolff end up setting out to be a musician. As he said, “I didn’t want to regret being around other musicians while I wasn’t one.”

Affirming his love for music was derived from “human connections and the ways in which humans are drawn back to specific moments,” Wolf was determined to live the life he had always dreamt of. Inspired by many iconic artists including Kanye West and Kid Cudi, he produced and released “Indian Summer” in June of 2015. His new EP “Kindred Spirits,” however, draws upon a different sound. Cinematic and euphoric, Wolf’s music maintains his goal to preserve the moments of time, people, and place, of memories.

Actively producing and dedicating time to his passion, the new, and upcoming, Wolf intends to collaborate with other musicians as well, some of which include Ellie Goulding and Jaden Smith. With a larger body of work in mind, he surely sounds ready for more.

As his first national tour comes to an end in New York, Terminal 5 hosted his last performance on Saturday, Dec 10.

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