L.A. Upstart Wes Period On Mentor And 'Second Mom' Justin Tranter, Modeling For Faith Connexion & His Favorite Korea Town Finds
publish date: 2017-10-17
“The thing with me is I don’t know a lot about fashion, I just know style.”
“I couldn’t be happier,” says an exuberant Wes Period over the phone from his Korea Town, Los Angeles home base. The fast rising rap-pop star hybrid has every reason to be, as he's been in full blown ascent mode following a whirlwind year that saw him handpicked to be a face for French luxe-brand Faith Connexion alongside Vic Mensa and Tommy Genesis, and self-release his debut LP Late Bloomer, a striking cinematic, desert-set tour de force, this January.
The fast rising talent grew up in Orange County and spent his youth rapping at local punk shows. "I was the only rapper and only black kid there most of the time," he says, though he always found a way to appreciate standing out. "My fashion is the music that I’m into and the lifestyle that I live," he adds, citing his SoCal-influenced personal style as a cross between "Prince, Sid Vicious, and Travis Barker," he says with a laugh.
Living in his studio at one point, he first connected with fellow rising artists like Ye Ali and Tommy Genesis via an ad on Craigslist, with Genesis serving as he's introduction to the fashion brand Faith Connexion. "Tommy was a big part of letting them know who I was," he recalls. "It’s just been one big blessing and it’s just been about putting my best foot forward and being that positive person that people want to help."
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That combination of personal drive and genuine positivity also helped Wes get discovered earlier this year, when an artist pal of his -- Palma Wright (aka Hateboy) -- shared a clip of his set at Delicious Pizza in Adam’s District, South Los Angeles via Instagram Stories. The short snippet caught the attention of her good friend Justin Tranter – songwriter to stars like Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber.
“It was an earth day art show, and I was like ‘f--k man do I really want to be playing this?’ But then I found out Palma was coming, and it actually made me nervous,” he recalls of the April 22 show. “That tells you where I was then. I’ve been grinding for years and years and years. I woke up at like 9:30 the next morning to [Palma] frantically calling me. She’s like ‘hey my friend Justin saw my Instagram story, he’s written for Bieber and Selena and all these people, he wants to meet you right now, he needs to get in contact with you right now.’ I was just like what?!”