Ultra Violet Live competitor profile: Wes Middleton

Bryna Shuman, Features Editor

courtesy of Wes Middleton

Name: Wes Middleton
Hometown: San Diego
Year: Tisch senior
Dorm: Broome Street residence hall
Act: Singer/songwriter

Who is your biggest inspiration?
Regina Spektor.

How long have you been performing, and what made you interested in performing in the first place?
I’ve been playing the piano since I was seven, but frankly I’ve never been that much of a performer. I’ve always wanted to, and I enjoy it whenever I get the chance, but it’s not that often that I end up on stage.

What made you decide to participate in the UVL Prelims?
I did UVL two years ago and loved it. I don’t really get to perform that often, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to show off a new song.

What was the first thing that went through your mind when you found out you were advancing to the finals at Skirball?
I really needed a bathroom at that point actually.

What would winning UVL mean to you?
I tend to hate my own stuff, which is probably why I don’t showcase it to the world that often. Winning would mean a lot to me and would probably motivate me to write or share a little bit more than I do right now. Also, maybe it will make the ladies fancy me.

A version of this article appeared in the Monday, Feb. 24 print edition. Bryna Shuman is features editor. Email her at bshuman@nyunews.com.

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