Twinmusix got to speak to Dylan Villain from The Wild! about their new album and more.
TM - Hi, it is Liz and Milz from Twinmusix, How are you?
DV - I am doing well, how are you both?
TM - We are Good. Thank You for having this interview with us today.
DV - No Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, it feels like we have a lot of time on our hands right now. It is a hell of a time for us to release a record. We are frustrated that all our dates got cancelled with all the Momentum leading into the record. I have received messages from fans all over the world saying, our record is helping them to deal with reality right now. If everybody is getting something positive out of it, this is more than I could ask for. We try to press on and that's all we can do right.
TM - yeah, have you tried to reschedule the dates?
DV - Yeah our dates for March and April got reschedule to the Fall and we have dates in June that are yet to be cancelled but I'm not sure what's going to happen. Every day you wake up look at your phone and social media and wonder what's today going to bring. We try to keep it together and try to get through this thing.
TM - Have you tried to do something live on social media?
A lot of people are setting up their iPhone and doing an acoustic set, which is cool. It is great and everyone's bringing people music in the time when most people need it. Except in typical The Wild! style we are setting up production with lights and backdrops, full stage, Amps, guitars and multiple camera recording and soundboard recording. It is going to be pretty mega and we are looking forward to it. Everyone that couldn't come to rock, we brought the rock show to them. What a better way than to start your day with rock and roll
TM - You just brought out your new album Still Believe In Rock And Roll, What was your writing and recording process for it?
DV - I spent a lot of time writing and recording. I felt a lot of pressure from my fans and my team and myself to make a record that was better than good. I feel like we have asked people to stay with us and the last record for three years and it took us all over the world. We are very thankful for that. I feel that we have gained an International fanbase and we have a duty to deliver something that isn't sub-par. I feel like some bands just throw something to give and go on the road. That is good enough for them but that was never the case for me. I do everything we wanted to get on the road and that didn't happen. We had to press pause on live so press play on the record.
TM - How did you come up with your album cover for Still Believe Rock N Roll and what was the meaning behind it?
DV - First I wrote the song Still Believe in Rock and Roll. Before I named the album I looked at it from a different standpoint and I started to believe the words still believe in Rock and Roll, It was a statement that I could get behind. It is for people out there who have gotten a traditional sense of music and instruments. A statement for people who might have forgotten about this genre of music. On the other hand, it is all for my fans who enjoy the style of music and never forget about our style of music.
TM - How did you come up with your video for Playing With Fire?
DV - That was a difficult video to make, it was shot in between tours. We shot part of it before we went to Europe and part of it be after we came back from Europe. I just wanted to do something visually stimulating. A lot of our videos have high energy and are visually stimulating. I wanted to do something that had that same but a visual aspect to it. We just shot back and forth until we came up with something that was a cool representation of the lyrics. It was a cool video to make, it was different to what I used to but it was fun.
TM - what was it like working with Mike Fraser, who has also worked with AC/DC, Metallica and Aerosmith?
DV - He has done my last three albums with me since 2015 and he is one of my best friends. Mike and I are very close outside of work and music. That is the one thing I am grateful for outside of our relationship that we have a good ability to communicate with each other. One of the most important things is, when you are recording a record is you need to able to communicate with the people you are working with. You need to voice your ideas and your thoughts in your head. I am the kind of person that has non-stop ideas and Mike say Sonic, the genius behind the board make my ideas come to life.
TM - How did you come up with your band names Dylan Villain, The Kid, Boozus and Crash Anderson?
DV - Boozus and I use to play in a band together called Bucknife and we had a record a song called Villains. Every night I was the guy that was around and I became the head goon of that Crue. Villain rhymes with my name Dylan, so it became Dylan Villain.
Boozus is a funny one because he has had that beard for so long and he never stops drinking beer. We were in the studio and his friend turns to him and says, you look like drunk Jesus so Boozus that's how he got his name.
Benny The Kid used to come on the road with us with he was in the support band crash. His last name is Anderson and he's always crashing and banging behind the kit. It is our thing, we all hang outside of being in a band and it's like being in a family.
TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be, what song would it be and in your style or their style?
DV - I would love to hear Rose Tattoo cover Nothing Good Comes Easy and cover however that want.
TM - How was it supporting Rose Tattoo, do you have any cool stories?
DV - Good we have toured with them twice in Europe and they are fantastic blokes and we love them. We were massive fans of theirs when they played down the Blue Print for attitude in Rock and Roll. We have never been strangers to know that we have been their fans for several years. Then we get to meet them go on the road with them and it turns out they like our band. They support us and we love and respect to Rose Tattoo. They sound great and are still doing well.
TM - Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?
DV - To everyone out there who has been listening to the record, Thank You for listening to it and we hope you enjoy it.
TM - Thank You for this interview today, we hope you come to Australia soon.