Vertex Festival made it's debut this past weekend in Buena Vista, Colorado. The event was highly anticipated by fans and critics alike. While backstage, we spoke with the one and only Big Wild. It was clear, this upcoming year is going to be a busy one, between releasing new music, revamping his live performance, and touring. Stemming from a relentless desire to create something new, Big Wild's sound is tapping into the natural curiosity we all share by exploring beyond the conventional boundaries in music.
Only The Beat: Your music garners a West Coast vibe, but you actually grew up in Massachusetts. Tell us more about what it was like growing up outside Boston?
For sure, I grew up in the small town of Worcester, which is not far from Boston. There was certainly a very strong metal scene there, in fact my first concert was a metal show. I remember my friends uncle worked for a radio station and got us free tickets. I got stuck in a really intense mosh pit at that show, and remember thinking that this wasn't for me. Metal never really resonated with me much, I've always been more of a hip-hop kid.
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OTB: Was it after that show, when you began producing music of your own?
BW: Yeah, I stumbled upon producing beats in middle school. Since then it just stuck, it's something that I am in love with. Back then, it was pretty much myself and one other friend who made beats on the computer. We worked together for the first couple years. Totally the dudes who made stuff that no one else was making. It was cool being that one guy completely into this weird and unique thing. The way we made music back then helped shape me in a lot of ways today.
OTB: When you first started making beats, what software were you running?
I was using Fruity Loops. Actually, I started with a demo of Fruity Loops 4.0 which wouldn't let you save your work. For over a year I produced music in that manner. I was on a budget and wouldn't pay the hundred bucks to upgrade it. It really helped me out in a lot of ways because it forced me work quickly. Having to make something before my computer crashed, helped me in the long run.
OTB: While we're talking about long run, when did you start pursuing music production full-time?
There was so much producing going on, that it just became an integral part of my life. I couldn't imagine doing anything else. This all started off by selling beats in high school, usually posting them online. People who had an interest in the beats, would then reach out. That's around the time period I realized this could be a career, something long-term. Then, I started getting into more electronic music which is where the Big Wild project was created. I've always felt Big Wild was going to be my big effort to make this real life.
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We've noticed you play a few different instruments while on stage, how did you learn to play them all?
I'll have a cajon, whistles, drums and piano on stage just to name a few. As time goes on, I become more inspired making music by teaching myself how to play.
We're definitely excited to see your performance here at Vertex Festival, anything special planned?
There are always changes being made, but yeah - today's going to be a lot of fun, we have a really good crowd here. Recently, I've been working on a lot of new music, and some really cool remixes are finished up. Those will be out soon, over the next 6 to 8 months. I'm really excited about that. There are big plans in the works for 2016. Especially, in terms of overhauling the set and carrying out my full vision.
New music usually translates to new shows, can we expect a Big Wild tour in the future?
BW: Actually, we
just announced six upcoming shows with Zeds Dead
this morning. After that, there are a few shows with Tyco
in the Fall. Performing at festivals and one off shows here and there with guys like Pretty Lights
is enjoyable. After that I'm planning to take some time off in order to work on the show. I'll continue to put out new music here and there and come back strong in 2017.
OTB: You're playing with Pretty lights this week, prior to his upcoming shows here in Colorado. Any chance there is a Big Wild appearance in the works at either Red Rocks or Telluride?
I don't know, we're actually heading to New Hampshire tomorrow where he will be playing, and then again in Nashville too. It's been pretty sweet being able to connect with different acts.
After spending some time with Jackson we are pretty stoked to see what the rest of 2016 and 2017 look like for him and the music he creates. Be on the lookout for big things coming from Big Wild.
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