ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: MARVEL YEARS (CORY WYTHE)
BY JOHN NEAVE
One listen to Cory Wythe’s sound and you’ll immediately be drawn into his world of bluesy, soulful tunes that sound like a long drive in the middle of a mild summer evening. Producing for only a year under the alias Marvel Years, nothing has stopped his sound from emerging as a frontrunner in the Electro-Soul scene, with a future as bright as any other. Not to mention, he’s only 19 years old.
“Let’s just call it that Hip-Hop, Funky, Electro-Soul shit,” Wythe said.
And those are the elements that come together to create Marvel Years. Wythe uses Logic Pro for his producing needs working with a Livid Instruments OHM-64 run through Ableton Live for his live sets. But don’t underestimate his abilities as a composer. He also loves to mix in live guitar into both his recordings and live sets, giving his music an even more unique feel. He’s been playing the guitar since he was 11, and composing his own electronic music since he was 18.
So far Wythe has opened for and played along side acts like Pretty Lights, GRiZ, Krooked Drivers, and Late Night Radio, just to name a few. He lists his inspirations as both classic rock and the blues, naming bands like Led Zeppelin and The Doors. He also has a specific appreciation for Stevie Ray Vaughn and Buddy Guy.
This, the first track Wythe released to the public under the alias Wonder Years, is entitled Moving Along – showcasing his flawless sampling ability along side his devotion and appreciation for hip- hop.
Soon thereafter he released his first six track EP entitled Dream Big, still under the Wonder Years alias, which showcases his first six months of producing electronic music. The first track is my personal favorite, and one where everything comes together to create an amazing track.
Those tracks led to Wythe’s biggest single of the year, a track called Where’s The Thrill.
To kick off 2013, he released what he calls his personal favorite track, a remix of The Who’s Eminence Front. This was also the debut of his new alias, Marvel Years.
This led into his first official release on a record label. With the ever-so promising Gravitas Recordings, he released the Nowhere But Up EP, featuring five tracks that started turning heads within the scene. This track, Turn It Loose, is one of the standouts.
With great success that EP was followed by his most popular track so far, Late Night, one that showcases every influence listed previously, including that stellar live guitar.
When I asked what to expect from him in the future, Wythe included an album that would be out in early 2014 – preceded by 2-3 singles. Though his biggest accomplishment in his young career is his remix of Pretty Lights’ track Where I’m Trying To Go, which is featured as track number 11 on the Color Map Of The Sun Remix album, coming out November 26th. With only a year in the industry under his belt it shouldn’t be hard to see that Marvel Years is headed for superstardom, and he’s getting there quick.