Wild Child

Tell us how you come about the song. 

Kelsey and I flew up to Oregon to get away and work on some new tunes for the record. We hunkered down for a couple days and went on a writing craze. This was probably the best song that came out of it. We took it back to Texas and moved into Kelsey’s childhood house in Wimberly for a couple days and built a little home studio with Matthew Vasquez, our friend producer and confidant. Then we went to the liquor store spent the next couple days getting weird together. It was loud.

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Tell us about you as a person outside the musical world.

I’m a pretty simple guy. I live with a few roommates in Austin, I like to cook, and I have a cat, horror movie buff, like having cocktails with friends. My life is so interwoven with music that it’s kind of difficult to separate. It’s what we do, it’s what we love.

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Tell us about you as a musician.

I’m an interesting case. I don’t know too many songs other than the ones we write. I feel like I know how to write a catchy riff and make a nice color palette for Kelsey and the band to paint with. I write almost everything on a baritone ukulele. I love playing piano but I’m amateur at best. I hate the bongos and I don’t like the sound of flutes.

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Tell us how you manage other activities with your musical career. 

It is definitely a challenge, especially on the road. You really have to find ways to occupy your time. Everyone has a different strategy. I like to get out and walk around towns we are in and explore the thrift stores and the coffee shops.

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Tell us your experience as a musician. 

It’s the greatest life of all in my opinion. I feel incredibly lucky to do it as a profession. I get to see the world and play music with my best friends every night. I get to meet interesting and weird people every day. It’s definitely an unconventional path. I see all my high school and college friends getting married and buying houses and I don’t have that luxury yet. Not saying one way is better than the other, they both have their pros and cons but for where I am right now in life, I couldn’t be happier.

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Tell us five artists you can regard as legends.

Prince, Janis Joplin, Andy Kaufman, Jean Michel Basquiat, and Bob Barker.

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Tell us the names of the media that have supported you so far. 

Oprah.

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Tell us your future plans pertaining music. 

It’s a two part process: write new records then tour those records. Repeat. We want to consistently evolve as musicians and grow. Find new ways to make it interesting for us.

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Tell us what motivates you to write songs. 

It’s the easiest way to express feelings and thoughts. It’s a journal that comes to life. You can say whatever you like without having to say anything at all. It’s therapeutic.

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Tell us the names of the artists you have worked with and the ones you will like to work with in the future. 

We’re gotten to work with an extraordinary list of people. This last record alone; we worked with Scott McMicken from Dr Dog, Chris Walla formally of Death Cab, Christoper Boosheda from Shakey Graves, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit and Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma. Personally speaking, one day I’d like to work with Alexander Greenwald.

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Tell us what you think about creativity and originality in music.

I think it’s pivotal in terms of enjoyment.

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Tell us the reason you are into music. 

It brings people together. Family and strangers.

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Give us the links to connect you on social media and links to purchase your music. 

wildchildsounds.com

facebook.com/wildchildsounds

instragram.com/wildchildsounds

twitter.com/wildchildsounds

Purchase – http://smarturl.it/ WCexpectations

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Tell us your view on old school music and new school music in terms of preference. 

Need a little bit of both to make the tastiest stew.

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Tell us your most memorable day as an artist. 

It was the last day of tracking with Walla and we were in Tromso, Norway. We had been in the studio for a few weeks and were desperately trying to see the Northern lights. Tromso is one of the best viewing places for the northern lights in the world. Due to weather conditions we hadn’t gotten to see them and were told that we probably wouldn’t with the current snow storm happening. We took a break from tracking and all went outside and looked up and there they were. Moving across the sky, twisting and turning in gorgeous green and blue streaks. It was magical. I couldn’t stop thinking about how lucky I was. Across the world recording an album with my friends starring up at the skies.

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Tell us how you write and record your songs. 

Think of a riff, write lyrics to it, rehearse with band, change it 1000 times, go into studio, change it 500 more times and then record it.

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