INTERVIEW: The Wild Wild

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

Hello! Thank you for having me.  I’ve been stellar – really enjoying life, thanks.

Can you talk to us more about your forthcoming single “Alright”?

It’s a song I wrote a few years ago actually and has been through a few evolutions.  I remember I had the melody stuck in my head forever and it was such a relief to see it manifest.  I recorded it a few different times in various demo versions – but now I feel like the song is finally where it needs to be.  Been on a bit of a journey, and now ready to be released into the world.

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

I wouldn’t say any particular event per say – I think I wrote it as some sort of folk hero anthem to myself.  It’s a common theme that everyone has in their heart – the ability to put one foot in front of the other and to keep going – just knowing that everything will be ok.  Sometimes we all need that reminder that you gotta keep going.  You can walk away from the song with a happy vibe.  It’s a nice feeling.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Currently putting together ideas for a lyric video to start.  I feel the song is conversational – so to start with a lyric video feels right.

How was the recording and writing process?

It really started with the chorus melody that I couldn’t get out of my head until I just finally recorded it. I then sat down and tracked it properly but it still wasn’t right – something was missing.  We got connected with Andrew Dawson and he was the missing piece of the puzzle.

What was it like to work with Andrew Dawson and how did that relationship develop?

We were connected through managers.  It was great, his studio is so dope and he is absolutely brilliant.  He had a ton of stellar ideas and obviously his work speaks for itself, so I was really stoked to work with him on this.  It was fun seeing the track come back to life after we dismantled it and started fresh. We kept a lot of the synths I recorded back in Pennsylvania and a few of the vocal elements but really came in and tracked it all new.  I feel we really satisfied the song.

How much did he influence the track?

A ton! Sonically, the mix is all him and so dope.  He also came with the idea to track just a single vocal – a few double vox sprinkled in but mainly one vocal throughout. I have my own process, which includes a fair amount of vocal stacking and a specific mic that I like to use in my own studio.  But Andrew changed the game for me here – he came in the alternative vocal stance as well as other huge track contributions and it turned out so great.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely.  I am working on the follow up tunes now.  I have so many great songs, I can’t wait to share them all with you.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

“Alright” will be released on February 10th.   Will keep you posted on the next round.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, working on a few things now and will have some new announcements coming soon.  Make sure to follow all my socials and watch the space – looking forward to getting back on the road and playing these tunes for everyone soon.

What else is happening next in The Wild Wild’s world?

The Wild Wild world is great.   Headed back in the studio, writing and making more music for myself and others and enjoying life. Will be playing some shows soon, things are great.  Everything is Alright.

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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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