Wind Meets West, a pop singer, songwriter, and producer, releases “If I Go” describing his decision between staying in New York City to pursue a blossoming relationship or moving back to Los Angeles to be closer to family. Music has been his favorite way to share his emotions with himself and the world. Read our interview to learn more about Wind Meets West:
Welcome Wind Meets West! Tell us something most people don’t know about you!
I was born hard of hearing due to an ear infection. For the first 4 years of my life I was mute and couldn’t hear speech correctly. My mom fought hard for the doctor’s to look deeper into it and thus she saved my hearing and, in the long term, my music career. So thanks Momma Nguyen!
Super cool name. How did you land on it?
My last name is “Nguyen” which is pronounced like “win”. Win sounds like “Wind”. I’m from LA originally, hence “Meets West”. My namesake Nguyen + my hometown LA = “Wind Meets West”. No matter where I go, I like to carry my roots with me.
Do you play any instruments?
You betcha! I play guitar, bass, piano, sing, and produce. When I’m in full producer-mode, I’m known for demo-ing everything in our writing session. It’s a nifty little magic trick I have up my sleeve.
We love your latest single – tell us more on how it came to life.
I wrote this song when trying to decide whether to stay in NYC to pursue a budding relationship or to move home to LA to be closer with family. This song is an exploration of the question: who do I choose, my given family or my chosen family? Writing this song made me decide to stay in NYC and hash it out with my chosen family because I have a tendency to run away from my problems by moving. As I grow up, I realize more and more that sticking around in a place long enough is how you find your true chosen family and the people who are going to be your community.
Other than yours – what has been your favorite song of the year?
That changes by the hour, but if I had to pick it’d be “I Wish I Never Met You” by Oh Wonder. It channels Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles” string section but recontextualizes it with hard hitting, confessional lyrics. It’s such a sad bop!
Tell readers where they can find your music and connect with you on social media!
You can find me on all the streaming platforms by searching “Wind Meets West”. My latest single is “IF I GO”, a track I’m hoping you listen to while driving or while reminiscing about summer. You can follow my journey at @windmeetswest on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok or visit www.windmeetswest.com