For anyone who is into music, most likely you are familiar with the name Austin McGreevy. If not, you should be.
Austin McGreevy, now well-known by his new artist name “Cayman” on SoundCloud, graduated Lake Forest High School last year and is now attending University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida where he is minoring in Music Business. McGreevy started working with music at a young age. From taking up classical piano as a little kid to starting to play the guitar in second grade, it didn’t take long until he started writing his own songs and singing to the sound of his own guitar.
McGreevy has been playing professionally for the past couple of years while simultaneously participating in the high school talent show for the previous four years. In addition, he has taught guitar lessons and interned at Darwin Records with a successful local musician by the name of Suede Stout.
Last year, McGreevy began making his music more public and accessible by posting songs that he worked on closely with Jordan Wesel (Lake Forest High School, ’16) to his Cayman handle on SoundCloud.
McGreevy never posts anything without getting feedback from Wesel. Wesel, who attends New York University in Manhattan, has an amazing ear and natural knack for music. The two, who are both well-versed musically and equally passionate about what they do, were only bound to collaborate on some bumping hip-hop songs together.
“Why Not” is a hip-hop song sung by McGreevy and produced by Wesel. This song begins with a smooth beat, soon followed and intertwined with the main catchy, original beat of the song. The introduction being so smooth is followed by a more rhythmic beat sets a good tone for the rest of the song, drawing you in.
The overall beat of the entire song sounds very professional and polished. When listening to this song, most likely you will either want to tap your foot or move your head to the beat because how well-crafted the background music is.
McGreevy’s vocals are very distinctive compared to other artists, which ultimately plays in his favor. His voice does not sound like, or blend with, the generic or mainstream hip-hop artist sound, but is authentically McGreevy’s own sound.
The lyrics in and of themselves are not overly complex, focusing in on a summer night filled with possibilities. While the song has a summer-y vibe to it, you can listen to it anytime and enjoy it just as much as you would in the summer. The chorus itself is very catchy and has a subtle Caribbean feel to it, accompanied of course by McGreevy’s sleek vocals.
The song ends with a bang. McGreevy’s pitch range varies more as the song comes to a close by being more staccato and passionate. The ending vocals are just as impressive as McGreevy’s sound throughout the whole song, ultimately making you search for the repeat button.
Overall, the song has great recording quality that highlight McGreevy’s powerful vocals and is only enhanced by the unique background music. McGreevy and Wesel are a force to be reckoned with. This is proven by the not surprising 21,000 plays and counting the song has received on SoundCloud.
New and Upcoming:
McGreevy is constantly working on and posting new tracks whenever he can. Just last month he posted “Another One,” which has a more laid back sound to it, opposed to “Why Not,” but is equally as likable.
If you want to hear more music by the talented artist, you will not regret also giving his new song, “Africa,” a listen. The song itself is short and has a Blonde-era Frank Ocean vibe to it that is hard to replicate.
Make sure to keep an eye out for an upcoming song by both McGreevy and Wesel. If it is anything like “Why Not,” which it most certainly will be, it is destined to be a hit. The title of the upcoming song will be released by either artist soon and you will not want to be the one to miss out.