“It’s a slow climb, but the hard work is worth it.” Stay tuned for more wise words from Austin’s very own THE WILD NOW in our latest interview with the band where we discussed their inspiration behind their newest EP and their experience at this year’s South By Southwest. // TB – Taylor Baker
How did you form your band and what made you decide to pursue music together?
TB – Drew and I met at a Local Natives concert during SXSW in 2013 through mutual friends. We both played in separate bands at the time, but we started playing together shortly after we met. Our ideas and songwriting meshed really well so we continued to play together and eventually developed our sound into what it is today!
You’re from Austin, TX. How did the atmosphere of the city you were in effect the music you created?
TB – Austin is filled with a plethora of different genres and sounds, but there is a ton of talent in this city. I think living here has affected our music by forcing us to be as creative and unique as possible. We try not to sound like anyone but ourselves, and we always aim to create something new that has never been heard before. We want to be a band that people seek out because we surprise them and continue to evolve.
What’s the inspiration behind your new EP?
TB – This second EP really shows our growth and maturity as artists. We’re coming into our sound and I think it showcases the musical direction we’re heading in, which is a lot more electronic/synth driven. It’s also a bit more upbeat compared to our previous EP.
Your band has such a unique sound! How did you go about finding what worked for you as a group?
TB – Thank you! It took us a while to really fall into our sound, and I think we’ll always be morphing and changing a bit with every new release we put out there. Creativity should never grow stagnant, and we want to continue creating music that keeps people intrigued. Writing with different artists and working with varying producers also helps us to keep an open mind and challenges us from a songwriting perspective.
Who are your greatest inspirations?
TB – Seeing bands work hard and make it because of incredible songwriting is what keeps us inspired. Local Natives and Glass Animals are two bands that we really look up to.
What has been your greatest accomplishment as a band?
TB – We were SXSW 2017 official artists, which is a huge step for us as a band. People come from all over the world to be at that festival and we’re lucky to be a part of it.
What has been your hardest struggle?
TB – Our hardest struggle is not growing as fast as we would like to. It’s a slow climb, but the hard work is worth it.
What advice would you give someone trying to make it as an artist or musician?
TB – Don’t pursue it for any reason besides the fact that it’s your passion, otherwise you will burn out. Also, this industry is all about networking so get out there as much as you can.
What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned so far?
TB – Always ask for an opportunity even if you think you don’t stand a chance… because it never hurts to ask and you never know when you might get a yes!
How has your success affected your lives in a positive and/or negative way?
TB – It’s affected us in a positive way because we’re going on our first tour so we’ll get to travel and explore new places we’ve never been to before. It hasn’t really affected us in a negative way besides just taking up a lot of our time so we don’t get to sleep as much as the average person haha but that’s what we signed up for.
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