The world became familiar with Tristan Wilds during his stints on The Wire and the revamped 90210, but with both shows now a thing of the past, so is “Tristan.” In his place now is Mack Wilds, a talented singer hailing from New York, backed by the legendary Salaam Remi.
The pair met years back while Mack was still immersed in acting, but a quick chat during the BMI Awards forged a friendship that would prove mutually beneficial as time went on. With Mack having a deep respect for Salaam’s music, and Salaam having been a fan of Mack’s acting, they started hanging out in the studio and conversations about Mack’s future plans eventually came up.
“I would listen to what he was doing, and I’d let him hear stuff that I was working on,” Mack said of their time together early on. “He’d give me critiques, and I told him what I thought was hot and what I thought what probably should wait a little bit. It really was like every time we came together it was like a dope big brother, little brother thing and he’s been behind me the whole time.”
From big brother/little brother relationship to now a full blown artist/manager partnership, Mack Wilds and Salaam Remi are preparing their domination in music with Mack’s debut album, New York: A Love Story, dropping September 17th. I caught up with the Staten Island native recently to discuss the project, as well as who his influences are, what his sneaker game is like,