Get past the name and go see Wonkachild tonight at the Record Bar

When I told a colleague here at The Pitch that I was excited about an artist named Wonkachild, he said, “What, is he a candy raver or something?”

Yeah, 23-year-old Jaqwan Sirls picked a stupid-ass name on which to hang a music career. But even if he went by Fetusmuncher, I’d be encouraging attendance at his show tonight at the Record Bar. Why? Because I listened to his whole album online and didn’t skip a single song. It is, as they say, all good.

I can clown on Sirls’ moniker all I want, he says, because, “If you

really think about it, Willy Wonka didn’t care what people thought of

him.”

Sirls imagines himself as the son of the candymaker from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

because as a kid, he could relate more to characters in books

than to people, he says.

He considered going by “Wonka,” but says, “That sounds like I could be some rapper from the ‘hood, so if I add

‘child’ to it, it separates me from them.”

The distinction is necessary because Wonkachild’s music is far from thuggy. The soon-to-be Rockhurst grad raps about Argyle sweaters, and the title track from his debut album, Urkel, features the chorus, “I dress like Urkel but I look like Carlton/ and I’m cooler than you.”

Hear a couple for yourself after the jump.

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