Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
WH: We incorporate a large range of styles and influences into our music, which gives us a unique sound. With this in mind, our band’s sound is essentially a hub for the influences of all three band members to blend together to create something which we see to be unique to the three of us. In this context, our style falls into the blanket genre of indie pop whilst also exploring elements of funk, RnB, soul, gospel, hip hop, jazz, punk, and rock.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
WH: The band was formed 9 years ago when Henry (bass, guitars, keys, backing vocals), who was 14 at the time, and Ed (drums, backing vocals, guitars), who was 12, met at an after-school music club and decided to start a band. Henry got his mum to convince his 11-year-old brother Jack (lead vocals, guitars, bass, keys), who had just started playing guitar, to go to a session despite him initially not wanting to be in a band with his brother. The first song we played together was a 25-minute version of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird and since then we haven’t looked back. So far, we have released 5 albums and a number of singles, the most recent being our new song JOY RIDE, a funky summer RnB banger about car sex, which you can listen to hear: https://ffm.to/joyridewh.OPR
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
WH: As mentioned earlier we have a very wide range of musical influences. To name a few, there are the classic rock bands like The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, the clash etc. we are also avid fans of hip hop, with influences like Kanye West, Drake, Dave, Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre etc. we love RnB artists like The Weekend and SZA. Old school soul like Aretha Franklin. Opera music like Pavarotti. The list could go on and on. In terms of non-musical influences, we take a lot of influence from movies. We love the work of Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese. We also take a large influence from fashion icons like Aldo Gucci.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
WH: We have some very modest dreams and goals in this band. For example, Jack wants the band to headline Glastonbury, Ed wants the band to play the Royal Albert Hall, and Henry wants the band to play Madison Square Garden. So yes, very modest hopes from us! Ultimately though, all of these dreams essentially mean that our number one goal is to be able to do what we love, music, full time for a living and spend our lives traveling the world and connecting with people and bringing people together through our music. As long as we are able to achieve this, we will be happy.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
WH: Jack is the main songwriter of the band. His songs are essentially mostly about what he is feeling at a certain time in his life, but we also feel it is important to try and relate to the lives of the listener through our songs as well. This is in the hopes to show that although we all have differences and are living different lives, we all have more in common as humans than we have against each other as we are all living in the world trying to figure it out as we go along. We hope to be able to provide part of the soundtrack to our listeners’ lives as they go about living it.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
WH: We do all sorts to help promote our band and shows. We have always understood the importance of promotion. We do a number of interviews such as this one, hand out leaflets, give out merchandise at our shows etc etc. we also understand the importance of social media. We are always promoting ourselves through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more recently, TikTok. You can find the links to all our social medias here:
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
WH: We think, like everything, that it has its benefits and its drawbacks. On the one hand, the ability to get music for free online has allowed people to discover new music, ie us, far more easily than they would have been able to and has therefore exposed small bands like us to a much wider audience. It has also exposed musicians and listeners alike to new genres to listen to and take influence from. We feel that because of online streaming, the days are gone where you would have rock fans or pop fans or rap fans. Now, there are simply music fans. However, there is undeniably an issue when it comes to fair pay. Although most musicians are absolutely not doing it for the money (including us), all musicians will know that it is extremely expensive to make music. Studio costs, gear costs, mixing and mastering costs are just the surface. The fact that on Spotify you make fractions of a penny per-stream as the artist, unfortunately means that many small artists are forced to stop doing what they love as they simply can’t afford too anymore. This does seem wrong when the owners of Spotify are multi-billionaires. However, as said before, online streaming has done a lot of good for music and has certainly changed the industry forever in many good ways, and some bad ways.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
WH: Good question. We often think about this. I think it would have to be Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell. The lyrics are incredible and are still just as relevant today as they were back when it was released. A true timeless song. That’s what any songwriter wants, and any songwriter can certainly learn a lot from Joni Mitchell.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
WH: We have a few. We can’t stand people who look for shortcuts and are lazy about things. We also take an issue with arrogance, which you find a lot of in the music industry. You always have the classic “why aren’t you boys famous yet?” Line which is fairly big pet peeve. It’s like, yeah, we’re trying but it takes time, it doesn’t just happen overnight. We also can’t stand band managers who try to control every little thing, when they clearly don’t know what they are talking about. We played a gig a few years back with a band who were great, but their manager was a tool. He waltzed in thinking he was managing the Rolling Stones, saying the stage wasn’t big enough and that he should have been told the exact perimeters of the stage. When told that his band would have to play on much smaller stages at points, he wouldn’t have it. He then also took an issue with the fact that our drum kit, which we had agreed to share, had our logo on it, which was a funny one.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
WH: I think ultimately our proudest moments come from lots of little things. We’ve noticed over the past year a rise in our fan base to the point where we walk out on stage and people are singing our lyrics back to us. Word for word. There is no feeling like that. It’s the best thing ever and makes us incredibly proud as a band every time we hear it. We also get messages from people saying that our music has helped them in their lives, which makes us extremely proud. The fact that our music is connecting with people is something that we will never take for granted and something which is more important to us than any big gig or chart success etc.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
WH: We are always working on new material. Jack writes songs at a ridiculous rate. It actually gets a bit annoying to have to keep up with all the new songs he has. We have just released our new single JOY RIDE and already have our next single ready for release in a couple of months’ time. We are also heading back into the studio to record some more tracks. On top of this, we are working on some exciting gig plans, with talks of a tour looming. So exciting things ahead!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
WH: We have albums & singles available online, here are the main links to our artist pages:
– Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Bp1kmno7aBsJFmTpRbpxP
– Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/wild-horse/1361201597
– Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/en/artist/464657
– Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/music/player/artists/B001G45TC8/wild-horse
– YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/wildhorserockuk
– Tidal: https://tidal.com/browse/artist/3547211
– Bandcamp: www.wildhorse1.bandcamp.com
– Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/wildhorseuk
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