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Sam Wiley, the heart and soul of Tempe-based The Wiley One, is known around town for churning out acoustic-driven, reggae-infused hip-hop tunes with rapid fluidity. Since 2007, the "No. 7 Kid" has dished out bouncy beats and twangy guitar licks, spreading his sound across the Southwest while, at the same time, striving for ecological responsibility.
"Green" has plenty of connotations for a reggae singer -- but Wiley's serious about the green movement.
"I've always been passionate about the environment," says Wiley, an avid snowboarder and surfer. "That mainly comes from my family in Mexico City, where they make wind generators. My grandfather had a hand in placing a lot of the wind turbines you see on the drive to California. So we always grew up energy-conscious in that sense."
A musician's carbon footprint may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but whenever touring artists use biodiesel fuel, they're actually helping to offset the carbon dioxide emissions created by their sometimes mammoth buses and titanic trailers.
"I just wanted to do something to spread awareness and to help out communities," he says. "We were inspired by different bands that were doing it, like Jack Johnson, Pearl Jam, and Dave Mathews. They wanted to educate bands on how they could reduce their footprint when they were on tour." -- Anthony Sandoval