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Catching Up With Mike Wallz

Mike Wallz is a name most Penn State students and faculty recognize. Whether it be for his radio show, his music or just his personality in general, Wallz has something that every Penn State student relates to. He is finishing up his last semester here at University Park, and while he prepares to move forward with the rest of his life, we thought it would be a good time to catch up with him.

What have you been up to since graduating in December?

“I knew that I had to utilize all the resources I possibly could before I left. I was blessed enough to be able to get into a graduate program here where now I have yet another semester. This semester currently is my last one. This is it. I have this last semester to pretty much to everything I possibly can before I make the big big jump.

How was performing at the State Theatre?

“It was something out of Madison Square Garden that’s where you thought you were. You’re going to see these videos and wonder, why does no one utilize this space as much, because the State Theatre is a crazy venue. We brought some attention, we utilized their lighting and sound engineers. It was actually crazy. My whole motto is, “I want to do things to the biggest possible scale there possibly is.””

You’re partnering with Woodward Camp, what’s going on there?

“Woodward camp is a ginormous skate park, 30 minutes down the road. They want to start a music camp, somewhat of a record label kind of thing, they want me to engineer it. So that’s what I’ve been doing with them and in return, I was actually able to rehearse in their digital media camp. We did a lot of practicing there and stuff.

What’s up with the documentary?

“The free life documentary is like the road to the night at the theatre. They followed me around for two weeks, blacktop productions, and they showed all the stuff I do in my personal life and all the stuff that I did to put that show together. You’ll see me at B-94 doing radio shows, in the hub passing out flyers, me doing my radio show, so that was dope. It kind of just captures who I am as a person, who I am as an artist and who I am as a hard worker. It kind of depicts what the free life is, and who contagious it is as well.”

What is the free life about?

“The free life is about following your heart and living your life how you want to live it, regardless of outside expectations or any kind of stuff like that. It’s about your happiness first, let the chips fall from there.”

What’s next with your music?

“I’ve been recording a lot. Primary element wise, the twins Stanley and Stephen are coming out with their own project called “The Brother Project”. It’s going to be sick. I’m going to be on two or three of those tracks, I think it’s a 17 track piece. We’re also doing a P.E.E.P, that’s going to be coming out soon. I’m doing an EP with C.P.. I would call it a different side of me, I don’t get to project very often. It’s going to be the fun stuff that I don’t get to do often enough.

Mike Wallz will leave Penn State after this semester, but he has had a major impact on the personality and the music herein State College. He will leave one of the most well-rounded individuals the University has seen in a while. If you don’t already follow him, here is the link to his twitter. All of his music can be found there. Also, check out “Say My Name” from Mike
and C.P.