ARTIST NAME: Wyland
SONG TITLE: Lost
ALBUM TITLE: In A Circuitry of Lonely
GENRE: Indie Rock
Hailing from the Meadowlands of New Jersey, Wyland have made a name for themselves in the live circuit.
Conjuring a bit of grit with the indie spirit of acts like Foals and the Arctic Monkeys, the band creates a fresh and unique live experience that sets them apart from their contemporaries.
Their sound reached overseas to Ireland, where the band spent the better half of 2018 recording with producer Philip Magee (Kodaline, Miles Kane, The Academic).
They recently finished an East Coast tour with Universal recording artist Valley, and their last single ‘Nowhere Now’ amassed over 130,000 streams on Spotify since its release in late 2018. It was also featured on Spotify’s Fresh Finds playlist shortly after its release.
The alt-rock group has performed at festivals alongside acts like Mumford and Sons, Alabama Shakes, The Maccabees, The Flaming Lips, and many more while receiving praise from outlets such as Ones to Watch, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, Born Music, and more.
Discuss your music process and recording in full detail.
Every song comes together differently. It’s like I’m waiting for something to happen and then knowing what to do with it when it does happen. In regards to recording, I like to hear the live energy of the band. So I prefer tracking live. I’m not a fan of auto-tune or dinky sounds even though they somehow make their way into our tracks from time to time.
Discuss how you get involved in music.
I went to Bonnaroo in 2011 and it changed my view on popular music and then I followed up Bonnaroo with Coldplay in Boston. Those two events changed my life… they made me want to start playing music.
Elaborate on the secret to success.
Success is objective. Make sure you love what you’re doing. That’s the only way to live. If you don’t love what you’re doing, stop it now and find the thing you do love.
Discuss how you distribute your music.
It’s all mystery really. We have a team by the name of Rhyme and Reason Records. They’re a small group of badass women who know how to shake things up.
Describe your vocal ability.
Angelic. A gift from God…
Tell us how you develop the instrumentation for this song.
Well, it all started with that opening riff. I wish I could take credit for writing it but an old grumpy friend of mine did. And then I wrote a song with it and he let me keep it.
Discuss your musical ability.
It’s pretty mediocre, to be honest. Every day I feel like a scam artist that’s barely holding on.
Elaborate on the lyrics of the song.
I only sing something I believe in. Lyrically, I talk about where I’ve been for the past couple of years with Ariella (the other lead singer of this band) and what that’s done to us. This song is about that.
Discuss the structure of the song.
The structure is a bit too conventional for me. I had plans to prolong the bridge and experiment with some other aspects but everybody is always trying to simplify because they’re worried…
Discuss your performance.
Tell us how you prepare for a show or recording session.
For a show, I stretch and jump around like a monkey. For a recording session, I shut off the lights and pretend I’m on stage. It’s all very circular.
Discuss how you promote your music.
We have to hustle and think up some clever routes to take.
Tell us how you ensure your vocal is in harmony with the instrumentation.
I don’t put much thought into it. If it feels good, then it’s right. If it feels wrong or uncomfortable then it’s wrong.
Tell us how you build your vocal melody.
I start singing and I let it take me where it wants to go. I try not to put too much thought into it. The more natural the process, the more natural it’ll come out at the end.