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INTERVIEW: Wildwood Kin

Hi girls, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! Thanks for having us – Honestly, we are pretty nackered! The festival season is always the most hectic time for us, alongside working on a new EP. But there are lots of exciting things in the pipeline.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Warrior Daughter”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Warrior Daughter was actually one of the first songs we wrote together – it’s been with us since the start of our band journey so it’s always been special to us. The concept behind the song was inspired by the strength and beauty of the female heart; We live in a world where women are often perceived as objects or seen to be insignificant, so we wanted to combat that mindset by writing about the inner courage and passion behind womanhood. We really hope that message comes across when people hear the track.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, we’ve just finished filming the music video with a brilliant crew led by our talented friend Jonny Finnis. We’re really happy with how it’s looking so far and can’t wait to share it with everyone soon – it’s gonna be our first official music video, so it’s quite nerve wracking too!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was quite an intense process but also really fun – We wanted to push our musical boundaries with this EP, and that required a lot of physical and emotional commitment. A lot of time went into pre-production at our producer’s home studio in Grantham, which meant we had loads of space to be creative and experiment with new instruments and ideas. We were then able to record the final tracks at Westpoint Studios in London which has hosted the likes of Ben Howard, London Grammar and Mumford & Sons, so we felt very privileged to be there.

What was it like to work with producer Jamie Evans and how did that relationship develop?

Before we met Jamie we were slightly apprehensive about working with him as he’d only produced for rock bands, but as soon as we started working together he became like an extended part of the wildwood kin family! He had such an ability to bring the best out of us and our music, and he is so much fun to work with.

How much did he get to influence the EP?

Jamie listens to a huge range of music which helped us to branch out into different genres, instruments and sounds. He listened to our songs and saw how to make the most out of them and give the tracks a unique sound with running themes. He’s a brilliant musician himself so he  added his own instrumental parts onto some of the recordings too.

How did Seth Lakeman come on board and what did he bring to the table?

Early last year we received a random message to our band Facebook page under an alias account, which turned out to be Seth! He said he really liked our music so wanted to meet up and chat about a collaboration. We couldn’t believe it at first – we were big fans of his so we were over the moon about it. Since then we’ve been working with him on his upcoming album, ‘Ballads of the Broken Few’. The record has an Americana feel, based around the four voices with Seth’s violin. It’s been great working with him and we’re really excited to tour the album in the Autumn.

How’s your new EP coming along?

Almost there! The tracks are currently being mixed and mastered so it’ll be ready to release very soon.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

It will be called ‘The Author EP’. We’re hoping to release it in August if all goes to plan!

Would this be a complete follow up or somewhat departure from your previous EP?

Somewhere in between.. Our sound has definitely evolved over the last year so the instrumentation is much more varied and slightly more electric – it probably has a slightly less folky feel than the last EP. However the core aspects of our sound are very much the same, based around the three part harmonies, atmospheric percussion and the same style of songwriting.

Any plans to hit the road?

Very much so – We have a pretty heavy gig schedule ahead for this year! There’s a few more festivals lined up for summer before we head out on a UK tour with one of our favourite bands ‘The Oh Hellos’ in August. Then after that we have 3 tours booked with Seth for the Autumn & Winter, so we’ll be on the road a lot!

What else is happening next in Wildwood Kin’s world?

Keep a look out for The Author EP coming soon, and hopefully at some point we might have some spare time to start working on a debut album too!!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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