With their debut self-titled EP out now and with some big plans for the future, we decided to have a chat with Taylor & the Wild Now about working on the album, the differences between working alone and working with a band, and their future goals. You can pick up Taylor & the Wild Now on iTunes or check it out on Spotify, and be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming shows and news at www.TaylorandtheWildNow.com!
Hi guys! Thanks for taking the time to talk to us!
Hi! Thanks for having us.
How would you describe your music for anyone who hasn't had the chance to listen to you yet?
Our sound is unique. I'd definitely describe it as fresh, creative, and rootsy. We love the songwriting aspect of music; we tend to focus on our songs having a combination of compelling vocals, thought-provoking lyrics, and interesting guitar licks. Our goal is to turn heads, and create something that's never been done before in the music we create.
Now, your self-titled EP came out a little over a week ago. Can you tell us a little bit about the album? Did you have any concrete visions when going in to write and record it, or was it more of an organic process?
The album turned out really great. We had a good amount of vision going into the making of it, but you never know exactly how a song will sound at the end of the recording process. We collaborated with the musicians and producer we were working with throughout the time of recording, so the songs were constantly evolving.
Were there any specific messages or ideas you wanted to convey or really drive home with this record?
I think the theme of the EP is wandering, seeking, and finding your own way that is true to yourself. Wanderlust obviously has clearly painted throughout the song, but the other songs definitely have underlying messages that are similar. It definitely matches our current journey in the music industry, and I'm personally a constant seeker in all aspects of my life.
Did you have any big inspirations, musical or not, when working on this new music?
Our current goal in music is to hop on tour with a bigger act. That would be a huge opportunity for us since we're just starting out. We also are itching to get back in the studio already. As soon as we got done with the first EP, we had a whole new bunch of songs we want the world to hear.
Were there any big challenges you guys faced when working on the self-titled EP? If so, how did you overcome them?
It was honestly a pretty smooth process. We didn't come across too many creative differences because the songs were already prepared beforehand. Recording an EP is expensive, so a big challenge we faced was trying not to spend too much time on one song.
I know working with someone else is obviously very different than writing music by yourself, so was it easier having someone to bounce ideas off of and work with for this album?
Definitely! I prefer collaborating with others when working on a big production like an album. It's different if I'm writing music by myself in my room, but I always love feedback and exchanging ideas.
You also just recently released your first single from the EP, "Wanderlust." Could you talk about this song a little bit? Why did you decide on this one for the single?
We've always gotten a great response from this song, and I loved the message it portrayed. I think it encompasses the whole theme of the EP really well, and it's catchy.
What would you like fans and listeners to be able to take away from your live shows?
One of my biggest hopes is that people will connect with the music we create, and remember it. When something truly strikes someones heart, they have to share it. That's what we want people to take away.
I know you've got a couple of shows coming up, but do you guys have any other plans in the works that you can talk about? Hopefully a tour soon?
We have a few trips coming up in October through the Durango and American Songwriter contest I won. We're playing a festival in Ohio, and also going to Las Vegas for a show. As for a tour, we're working on that. ;)
Is there anything else you'd like to add?