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INTERVIEW: Wallis Bird

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

Hi Vents! How are you? I’ve been great thanks for asking. Right this moment I’m doing fuck all before the relentless touring starts in 2 days- it’s wonderful, I highly recommend it!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Control”?

It’s started as a song about power play in a relationship and me avoiding the real work (listening, being vulnerable) and forcing the relationship in my way or the highway, then learning in between that no, my selfish and childish behaviour absolutely will not fly in this relationship, so I changed that – then does the song – it changes time signature drastically and then lyrically becomes a song about listening to what a message actually is. Halfway through it becomes a thankful song and talks about the lesson I learned. That I must work: on my heart and on my songwriting. Saying “oh it’ll be fine” is absolutely not enough. Not anymore.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

Yeah I had just began going with my girlfriend and I made her rethink our bond because I took her for granted. That made me reboot heavily. And also because the song was the first and the near last piece written on the album that I realised I have to live through the song rather than just write it and it’s done. Understanding that the meaning takes time was the biggest event throughout the songs process

How was the film experience?

Lovely. I threw in the idea that I’m trying to capture or at least follow the fickle and enlightened and bizarre and surprising inspiration of the ‘muse’. BTF film company took that idea and embedded it into the basis of the random patchwork visual they felt could suit it. So it’s me almost sterile in the centre and a fucked up chase going on around me and it melds and it absolutely doesn’t. And I think they nailed it. It took me a while to understand how hard it was for them to compose randomness as well as let go creatively. So I think it’s a pretty strong visual. We’ve worked together on almost all my music videos so for this album’s videos they had almost total freedom in the videos because I trust they understood.

The single comes off your new album Home – what’s the story behind the title?

The feeling of completion, security, comfort in love, making a zeitgeist album to luckily thank the greatest time in my life. Happy in love, family, friends, environment… for lack of a lesser cliche: to be at one

In what way is this record a “thank you” letter?

How else could I feel when I’ve been given all that?!

How was the recording and writing process?

Extremely fulfilling. Waking up knowing all I have to do is praise the day by singing a song was everything I’ve always wanted. So I never tired of the process, I was always going somewhere new and deeper, I wrote relentlessly because it was like peeling away layers and revealing everything about me. I was afforded night and day for almost 2 years just to dedicate it to my “thesis” as I like to call it. I practised happiness and joy into the writing and then soon it just became that without having to try. It was a beautiful process.

What was it like to work with Marcus Wuest and how did that relationship develop?

Marcus is the best. We’ve worked together on all the albums. Be it producing and mixing and mastering, he is the man. He’s my mentor, my best judge, the greatest teacher, and has a killer pair of ears, it’s laughable how much frequency he feels! He’s also ridiculously fun to work way to many hours with so we’ve got a special bond.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Well considering he taught me how to record I would say all of it! He put me under his wing all these years and then watched me take the reigns on this one. He’s a huge influence.

What role does Berlin plays in your music?

It’s my home so I breathe in the vibe here every day moreso than anywhere else so my environment affects my mood and my output. The city is green, people and animal friendly, slow paced, wild, caring, free, fully seasonal, changeable, filthy, grey, depressing and exhilarating all at once. It’s not for everybody.

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

Unselfish and consistent love.

Any plans to hit the road?

I will be fucking everywhere and probably near you soon.

Tour my hole off all over the world for about a year and a half, then come home, sleep for a month and see what I feel like.


Wednesday 9th November                  London                        The Forge

Saturday 12th November                     Sussex                        Trading Boundaries

Sunday 13th November                       Kingskerswell              Kingskerswell Paris Church

Tuesday 15th November                     Manchester                  Gullivers

Wednesday 16th November                Liverpool                      Leaf Café’

Thursday 17th November                    Birmingham                 The Glee Club

What else is happening next in Wallis Bird’s world?

Tour my hole off all over the world for about a year and a half, then come home, sleep for a month and see what I feel like.

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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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