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INTERVIEW: Athens, GA-based indie/dreampop act Wanderwild

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

Doing great! Thanks for asking.

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

“Control” is a special song for us. The initial idea was inspired by “7/4 (Shoreline)” by Broken Social Scene. It’s one of my absolute favorite songs, and I wanted to write something in the same asymmetrical time signature. I paired the chords with a drum machine loop originally, which Wes then adapted to drum kit a few months later. We arranged the song as a band and live tracked most of the core elements.

Did any specific event inspire you to write this song?

Not necessarily, but lyrically the song represents the culmination of a lot of personal frustration, romantically and otherwise. I was tired of chasing shallow relationships and the “illusions of control.”

The single comes off your recent album In Due Time – what’s the story behind the title?

The title “In Due Time” refers to the themes of patience and process that appears throughout the record. The album was actually named before the song of the same name.

How was the recording and writing process?

The process spanned a little over a years time, and documents our transition from solo project to full band. Some songs, like “Seasons” for example, represent the old Wanderwild model — I wrote and recorded nearly everything myself. By the time we were working on newer songs, like “Day 31,” we were working on arrangements collaboratively. Now we’re not only arranging, but also writing songs together, which feels amazing. I handled all of the recording and mixing at Chase Park Transduction and my home studio, Kilig Recordings, both of which are in Athens.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are producing someone else than when you are working on your own material?

Not intentionally, but the process is inevitably a little different. I’m forced to wear a lot of hats when producing my own material, which I really enjoy, but it can slow things down. When working on other people’s records, I can focus on fewer tasks and have a slightly more objective viewpoint. I might be a little quicker on my feet when working on records that aren’t my own, but I’m continually getting better at trusting my gut with my own music as well.

What aspect of romance and pain did you get to explore on this record?

So many aspects! These songs document a lot of “almost but not yet” experiences. People and opportunities that felt promising, but ultimately fell through. There’s a lot of letdown and disappointment in these songs, but paired with the hope that I’m right where I should be. That’s where the themes of patience and process comes in that I referred to earlier. We all find our place in due time…

Any plans to hit the road?

Right now, we’re taking a little time off from shows to work on new material and pursue some personal ventures. But we should be doing a lot of live shows later in the year, come spring/summer. We’re excited!

What else is happening next in Wanderwild´s world?

We’re in a really fun and prolific place as a band. We’re writing a ton, and already have a record’s worth of new material in our back pocket. We’ll be putting out some live studio sessions soon, and continuing to promote the new record. I’d like to put out another single in the spring, but we’ll see! Lots to keep us busy, and it feels good.

About RJ Frometa

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