Big Wild

Artist bio

Big Wild is the working name of electronic DJ, producer, composer, and engineer Jackson Stell. A native of Lancaster, Massachusetts, Stell first began making hip-hop-influenced beats as a teenager. He also spent time attending Northeastern University in Boston, where worked under the name JBeatz. However, it wasn't until he relocated to California in his twenties that he began using the name Big Wild. Inspired by his love of the surrounding landscape in the Bay Area and the natural beauty of Big Sur, Stell began producing distinctively atmospheric, groove-oriented tracks. Live, Stell mixed his computer-based recordings with piano, drums, and other instrumentation.

In 2015, Big Wild caught the attention of Seattle electronic duo Odesza, who invited him on tour. That same year, Big Wild released an official remix of the Odesza track "Say My Name." One year later, his track "Aftergold" earned praise as well, and he toured with like-minded producers including GRiZ, Tycho, Pretty Lights, and Bassnectar. The Invincible EP, released in early 2017 on Odesza's Foreign Family Collective label, included the single "I Just Wanna" plus features for Yuna and iDA HAWK. Stell set out on his own tour that spring, hitting 27 dates around America. "Show Me," a collaboration with experimental band Hundred Waters, capped an impressive year for Stell. 2018 brought the singles "Joypunks," "Maker," and "Heaven."

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