ARTIST NAME: Wildpack

 

SONG TITLE: Nosedive

 

RELEASE DATE: May 1st, 2020

 

GENRE: Indie/Alternative-Rock

 

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Wildpack are a four-piece Indie/Alternative-Rock collective melding hard-hitting lyrics, mesmerizing melodies, and a propensity for punk-energy.

 

Formed in January 2020 while studying in their second year at music university, BIMM Bristol, the boys are starting their journey into the big wide world of music. Stemming from Cheltenham, Swindon, Southampton, and Chesterfield, these four boys were brought together in the band’s birthplace of Bristol to do one thing: bring people together with their music.

 

The lead singer, Josh Coates, sings about the real and sometimes darker parts of life in the hope that he can bring the lost and the lonely together.

 

Lead guitarist, Howard Hooper, is their resident hard rock and metal enthusiast bringing the rocking riffs and sizzling solos to your ears. Bass player Callum Houghton and drummer James Luker provide a solid rhythm section bringing the whole band together with a tight and commanding chemistry.

 

“Music is our war cry and we are building our army… welcome to the Pack!”

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Go on at length on what it takes to write a song from the start to the end.

There are usually several ways a song is written. For example, with our debut single Nosedive, Josh, our rhythm guitarist, singer, and lyricist, initially had the verses written.

 

We then attempted a writing session with three of us, minus our drummer, which didn’t prove fruitful however we did get the chords down for the pre-chorus.

 

We then had a rehearsal the following week and Josh had finished the lyrics and had a chorus, so we jammed the song. I provided the higher lead part in the verse and James and Callum worked out a rhythmic pattern for them to follow.

 

After getting to the end of the second chorus, Josh looked at me, so I just played a solo, which was essentially the solo on the recording. We workshopped the solo and post-solo/bridge section and added in a vocal part before performing it live for the first time and then Nosedive was finished.

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Elaborate on the gain and loss of being a musician/artist.

There are huge gains albeit not always financial. Being in a rehearsal and playing with people and writing songs is pretty much the best feeling you can get, second only to performing live.

 

Seeing people move and sing along to our songs is amazing and knowing we can make a difference is even better.

 

Obviously, with that, gear is expensive and there isn’t a ton of money, especially early on however the freedom you can get, and pure enjoyment ultimately makes it worth it.

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Tell us how you connect people with your music.

It comes down to the lyrics for the most part. Fortunately, we have a great lyricist who tends to write about real life and things that have happened, not always good as opposed to writing about fantasy. Therefore, people can find it easy to connect and create with.

 

For Nosedive, plenty of people would’ve been sick of that “Small-town state of mind” and wanting to escape their hometowns so for us the message is with the lyrics, using music to support that.

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Mention your greatest song up to date.

Breakdown. It’s a song that features at the end of our live set and it’s got great dynamics and energy and is the perfect end to a gig.

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Tell us what you hate most about the music business.

In some ways, it’d be the use of social media. To some extent, it’s about having the best social media strategy and not the best music, but no one will know you if you don’t have an online presence.

 

The distribution of money is also a big point, with how much artists get compared to other elements of the ‘food chain.’ The way music is monetized and people want to hear music for free and expect that from artists, as opposed to them realizing that it costs to make money and it’s also a job for us and we can’t pay bills in excitement and the feeling from playing live. The expectation to not be paid, free gigs suck.

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Discuss how you monitor your digital distribution and streaming

We used Disto Music to distribute our single to streaming services and we use Spotify for Artists to monitor streaming for Spotify.

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State the obstacles that a new artist can face as a starter.

Getting a social media following to start and then from there building a fan base from gigging as well as gigging frequently. Getting venues to care enough and invest in us by giving us a gig in the first place is also difficult.

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Explain how you record songs.

For Nosedive, we had 4 hours booked in the studio at our university. From there we record bass and drums, bass through a DI. Then we recorded Josh’s rhythm guitar parts followed by my lead parts and solo.

 

Finally, Josh did his lead vocals and then all of us participated in the group vocals before the final chorus. We then had about 10 versions of the song where our producer changed the mix and added some effects and then it was mastered and ready.

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Discuss digital and analog recording.

Digital is way easier and cheaper however nothing quite beats analog. However, recording to tape is quite expensive so for a new band digital recording is the only real option. It’s easier for multiple takes with digital recording as well.

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Tell us your opinion on adding effects to vocals.

All for it, dry vocals can be a bit dull, so compression and reverb help fill the gaps. Some distortion can be good for certain tracks too to help with mixing, especially if it’s a guitar-heavy song or just a big track. It’s also good to experiment and pursue new sounds.

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Tell us how you eradicate noise in your recording.

We don’t personally, it’s usually down to the producer. We don’t strive to make music that is super sterile and clean so allowing some hiss or feedback here or there isn’t a big deal for us.

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Describe the theme of your lyrics.

Lyrics across our songs tend to stem from real life and past experiences as opposed to getting inspiration from books, films, and fantasy.

 

Josh, our lyricist, has had a hard time finding his calling in life so songs such as Breakdown, Nosedive, and Introvert are examples of his struggles but also young people who have struggled with their careers.

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Tell us if you consider singing about politics or injustice rather than love stories.

Essentially Josh will write about anything that inspires him regardless.

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Discuss how you distribute your music.

We used an online distributor called Disto Music that sent the song to streaming services.

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Discuss how you cope with the crowd on the stage.

It’s all about experience and trying different things and finding what works. Confidence will then build over time.

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Elaborate on the song.

The meaning behind the song is essentially escaping your hometown. With that, there’s behaviour that you would want to escape from as well but it’s wanting to be more than what you are and escape that “Small-town state of mind.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.

In a simple way, the name was one of many discussed just over Christmas 2019 between me, Josh, and Callum.

 

In a deeper sense, we do have a bit of a ‘wild’ streak, more so off stage, and ‘pack’ kind of represents us as a band as a pack of friends/family but also our fans/supporters being part of the pack. A sense of oneness between us.

 


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