We had the good fortune of connecting with TJ Wethington and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi TJ, why did you pursue a creative career?
Music has defined me throughout my life in a lot of different ways. I remember my piano teacher telling me around 6 that I had a musical ear. Despite that, I hated practicing and was terrified of recitals. It wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I learned why I truly loved music. I had just moved to a new city and didn’t really know anyone yet. I made a friend in gym class who invited me to my first local show. It was there that I met some of my closest friends, and saw the impact music had on a group of people in a whole new way. It was about how it connected us that really clicked for me that day. It was then and there that I knew I had to pursue music for the rest of my life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Music is my passion and has been my vice for many years. I think what might set me apart from others is how I look at the different ways it can serve me. It is multifaceted in that one day it’s an outlet for my emotions, and the next it’s my job and produces income. It is a little different every day and I believe that is what keeps things fresh and exciting. I would say the thing I am most proud about is the progress I have made over the years. Music comes somewhat naturally, but I think I have to practice a lot harder at technique than some others. I have friends that pick-up instruments like it’s nothing, where I have to spend hours and hours just to get a decent chop. So no, I would not say it’s been easy. I have definitely put in the practice time and effort to get to the level I’m at. But I also really like to challenge myself so it’s less of a chore when you look at it like that. The best lesson I have learned over the years is to simply keep at it. Never give up, and always dream big. Ever since that first show I aspired to be the front man/lead singer of a band, and now here I am living the dream. I keep busy with my band Theoretic, and running the music studio for our nonprofit The WICK.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh, when my best friend is visiting, Denver becomes the city that never sleeps. We easily must get noodles first and foremost. Pho 95 and US Thai Cafe are our favorite spots. From there we would likely have to make a trip to the downtown area to take in a few watering holes. Have you ever been to the Whisky Bar? That was a second home in one of my previous bands. One of my other favorite spots down there has to be El Chapultepec, which is tragically closing for good so I will cherish the memories I made there. Walk just down the road to take in some more music and get a slice of pizza at the Marquee. Next stop would be the best place to see music in the world, Red Rocks. Then just keep heading west to hike or snowboard off all the pizza and beer in the mountains!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh man, this list could get long very quickly! It’s so true that I certainly would not be where I am without the support of others. There are definitely too many close people in my life that deserve credit to list. But I hope most people who think of me as someone close, knows they are on the list. But I do want to recognize my family, my wife Stephanie, and my best bud Christian. Thank you everyone for everything you’ve done, I get by with a little help from my friends.