ARTIST INTERVIEW: Wild Love
We sat down with Nashville’s pop/rock band Wild Love to learn about their roots, inspirations, playing this year’s Live On the Green Festival and more!
SP: You guys have been a band for awhile now. How has the band evolved since it’s days of opening for The Mowgli’s, We The Kings, Great Good Fine Ok, etc. to moving to Nashville?
Wild Love: I think the biggest things is letting go of some of our personal musical biases, and not limiting what is and what is not Wild Love. We all grew up on punk rock in some form, but since joining the band we’ve each grown in different directions musically, and we’re really starting to embrace those sides of ourselves in the writing and recording process, and the songs and recordings we’ve come to create as a result have been really exciting.
SP: What are your influences?
Wild Love: We all have our own influences that shape how we play and write as individuals, but there are some artists that definitely help inspire the sound of Wild Love from the start and the foundation of what has become Wild Love. The no-nonsense drive of The Hives, to the pop sensibility of The Vaccines, and the tongue and cheek attitude of the early Arctic Monkeys.
SP: How was playing Nashville’s Live On The Green Festival this year?
Wild Love: For many of us, Live on the Green was the first concert we saw in Nashville, so it’s really hard to put into words how special it was to play it, especially with this group and where we’re at now. It was such an amazing day, something we will never forget, and we are forever grateful for the opportunity, and we’ve come out the other side with a ton of momentum and hunger, which is an amazing feeling as well.
SP: Who’s an up and coming artist or band you’re excited about and why?
Wild Love: It might be a stretch to call them up and coming, but we’re really stoked on Wallows right now. They’ve got the hits on their debut LP, but the whole album is a really complete record. It’s well written, produced impeccably, and is very much like a classic, Hughes-esque coming of age movie in its feel and the stories it tells.
SP: What about the streaming era frustrates you? What about it gives you hope?
Wild Love: I think that it gives us hope that on a theoretical level it is meritocratic, but frustrating that even with that at its core, in many ways it still functions at the hands of gatekeepers and large music industry players. However, it does give us hope that some of these gatekeepers are not large music industry players, and instead are just people passionate about music and therefore have become influential curators as a result.
SP: Any advice/nuggets of wisdom you’d give aspiring pop/rock bands?
Wild Love: I guess this isn’t exclusive to pop/rock bands, but the two main things we have really learned is (1) work with people who have the same goals and values…this keeps everyone steering the ship in the same direction, and (2) keep going, even through the tough moments. You’ll be rejected, you’ll be discouraged, you’ll have fights, and you’ll want to quit some days. But if you don’t power through the lows you don’t get to enjoy the highs, and if you’re in this for the right reasons, the highs will always come.