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Viva Phx Q & A: Wild Ones

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Portland pop act Wild Ones has insisted on operating as a DIY collective since the band’s inception in 2010. The five-member group’s debut album, Keep It Safe, was recorded in a warehouse rehearsal space, which often required the band to record quickly between other bands’ practice sets.

Wild Ones will perform at the Hotel San Carlos stage on March 7 at 9 P.M..

Read The Spec‘s Q&A with keyboardist Thomas Himes…

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
I saw Tool with my older brother when I was 11. Crazy-creepy animations were projected everywhere and tattooed older men were in trance-like states extending their hands out during the slow builds and head banging away at the eventual climax of every Tool song. I followed suit and experienced my first head bangover.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Oh geez… Beyoncé, that’d rule! How anyone can be that talented, sexy, and wholesome is beyond me… She also seems genuinely content, which is rare for the famous types. I’d like to be more like Beyoncé.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
Our first concert ever was also our pals Typhoon‘s first concert ever! We’re doing a national tour with them now after SXSW. Love those dudes! They played a song that night where the trumpet player put down his trumpet and proceeded to pick up and drop a huge chain for an entire song. I think he was 16 at the time and maybe weighed about as much as the colossal chain. Never gonna forget that.

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
I’ve been really into everything that Terrible Records has put out and would love to work with Chris Taylor (the dude from Grizzly Bear). He’s got a very deliberate mixing style that we’re always taking influence from.

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
We’re all really into Degrassi via Drake.

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
Seriously, that’s all we do. We used to have jobs in the service industry, but now we’re doing this music thing full time. Much more fulfilling…

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
Notorious B.I.G. hits – they never get old

Earliest music-related memory you have?
The Blue Man Group freaked me out at a young age. I’ll never forget those eyes and weird ass music.

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
One time a guy at a gas station handed me $20 bucks after looking at our tour van. No words were exchanged. He either felt sorry for us or just wanted to support us. Either way, it was a very kind gesture that I don’t think it will ever happen again.

Interesting fact about your newest release.
We recorded the entire thing in a predominantly metal-dominated rehearsal building. We would record takes literally during the other bands smoke breaks and if you listen closely to some tracks you’ll probably hear a din of low-end noise, which is actually multiple metal bands playing at once in distant rooms. It was an aesthetic we had to embrace.

Xperience you will never forget.
We opened for The Flaming Lips in July! I love that band and never would have thought I would ever meet them let alone share a stage with them.

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