After high school, AW studied art at University of Georgia in Athens, but they soon started learning more about music by performing at local coffee shops than sitting in stuffy lecture halls. The plucky teen started developing a pretty impressive local following, playing larger and larger venues, until they ultimately decided to evolve their passion into a full-time profession. However, with heaps of ambition but little connection to the industry, what’s a kid to do? Um, do it themself, of course.
Whether driven by unbridled enthusiasm or indisputable impatience, AW immediately put pen to paper and managed to release three EPs and a debut full-length album (2009’s …Was Right All Along) before leaving Athens for Brooklyn. However, it was their second LP, 2013’s Say What You Mean, which really broke through the underground and positioned AW as an important new voice in the indie-pop scene.