Wesley DeSouza: wooden sword maker, audio engineer, creator, human being
Some of the best memories I have from when I was young are of me making makeshift swords and bow and arrows pretending to be characters from Lord of The Rings with the sole mission to defend my backyard from evil forces such as squirrels and pine cones. From a young age, I was always imaginative, always creative. It didn't take much to entertain me and I was always up for some fun. After living in various places growing up, I finally settled in New Brunswick, where I live to this day. Bouncing back and forth between there and Newark, I was quickly exposed to the rougher parts of New Jersey. Instead of fighting opposing forces like squirrels and pine cones, I was now battling against evils around me such as gang violence, drugs, and other inner city struggles. As I got older I began to realize I needed to make something better of myself, hold myself higher to a higher standard. Instead of wooden swords and bow and arrows, I was now armed with an arsenal that consisted of a decent education, determination and help from those around me.
I was able to work hard enough to receive a scholarship to attend Rutgers Prep School, a private school in my area and the oldest independent school in New Jersey. Here I was really able to explore different areas and subjects I was never exposed to before. I started wrestling here my freshman year, and became a state place winner (3rd), all american and 1st district place winner in the school’s 250 year history all in just four years. Here I was able to get involved in activities and endeavors inside and outside the classroom that really helped shape my experiences and helped prepare me for my time Montclair State.
After starting Montclair, I really found my passion in live which was working with Audio and being an audio engineer. Like a child building imaginative worlds and scenarios, I was able to be a sort of Sonic Painter and create compositions and designs for music, film and theater using only sound. Here I was able to fail and learn important lessons in the process. I was able to create start up companies that didn’t blossom, to work on projects that never took off and in that, I was able to learn and grow. To this day, I firmly believe that no matter where you are or what you are doing, it is most important to to learn and grow from the environment, from the world around you and using that to further your path in life.
“In this day and age, when you can use a machine or computer to simulate or emulate what people can do together, it still can’t replace the magic of four people in a room playing” — Dave Grohl
Music has always been a big part of my life. Growing up playing drums adn teaching myself guitar, I’ve always had a passion for music and its role in the expressing the world around us. Fast forward 20 years, Being more and more involved in music and sound engineering now, I constantly walk the fence between creating digitally vs. with real instruments and real people. Both have their advantages and both are unique in their own way. But in a world where technology is advancing rapidly, human error in music is becoming outdated. Personally, with music, I like error. I like when music is imperfect, the voice is slightly out of tune, when the lyric or idea seems unfinished. To me, that emulates the human, the person behind the song rather than the program or the simulation. So to me, this dusty Steinway is a great symbol of that ideal.
I started working as a bartender/server a few months ago at The Hub City Brewhouse (Formally known as World of Beer). It is primarily a craft beer bar with around 600 different craft beers from around the world. I’ve always been a lover of craft beer and the process behind what it takes to create these amazing drinks. From chocolate peanut butter beers, to hoppy beers, to beer made from ancient recipes of the aztecs; each beer has its own personality, its own identity that can be uncovered. I really enjoy the process of exploring these beers and getting to know each one.
Newark, NJ. The place where I grew up, the place I will always call home.
I’ve had tattoos since I was a junior in High School. Most of my tattoos have deep religious symbolism, story or meaning. Even though I am not religious myself, I deeply resonate with their meaning. Each one of my tattoos build on the next. They all tell a continuous story that reflects me and my different stages in life, and whats important to me.
*Not pictured is my back tattoo