Uniqueka Wilson is an integral part of St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club’s recording studio program. Uniqueka has worked for St. Alban’s for 5 years in the role of sound engineer. She has a passion for music and for the industry and believes that her passion for music came from her grandfather. Her grandfather was a music teacher in the Bronx, New York and was an accomplished trombone player, playing with famous people like Bob Marley. Over the years, Uniqueka has learned more about this amazing man and has come to realize that her passion for music comes naturally.
How did you first get involved in sound engineering?
I first became involved in the field when I found myself in-between careers and my brother invited me to join him in a recording session. I enjoyed it so much and found a studio in New York City that was offering a six month program for sound engineers. I enrolled in the program and lived with my aunt in New Jersey while I attended the program. I then returned to Toronto and enrolled in the Remix Project.
What do you enjoy most about this field and your role as an engineer? What do you find most challenging?
I enjoy being a part of the moment, when the artist is recording in the booth in a vulnerable state, and helping them get the sound out right with perfect tone, pitch and expression.
The thing I find most challenging is when you’re working on a mix and getting each sound in its right space.
What do you find rewarding about this field?
I enjoy when I can deliver what the artist desires and they say, ‘you understood and delivered what I was trying to relay in my music.”
Do you ever write and record your own music – how does this make you feel?
Recently I started writing my own music and it feels really good. This helps me understand the artists I work with, even more.
Have you gotten any recognition or awards for your work?
(Editor’s note: Although we don’t have a specific award to give her, we recognize the amazing contribution Uniqueka makes to our Club and the young artists she works with! Her work with musicians yields brilliant results but more importantly, she empowers youth to feel confident and connected to their community. If there was an award for awesomeness, she would definitely deserve it.)
What has been your coolest accomplishment in this field and in life?
In the field, that fact that I’m in this amazing field and I can still do what I love. I had no idea where this would lead me.
In life, my most valuable accomplishment is my faith in Christ and the fact that he has given me the opportunity to be a part of St. Alban’s and the sound studio where I have had the opportunity to develop and expand the studio. Being here at St. Alban’s has given me the chance and freedom to grow as a person and an engineer.