Indie/alt-pop band The Wldlfe are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. They really shone on their first arbM feature in my May indie/pop/folk compilation last year with standout track ‘Waterfalls’. Returning in September with ‘Text Me?’ (which you can listen to above), the single gained them a load of new fans and over 130,000 Spotify streams. Now the band are back with a new EP titled I.L.Y., and the lead single ‘Oversentimental’ is currently playing in this month’s compilation. There’s a lot of hype surrounding these guys so it was a pleasure to interview them a couple of weeks ago – read their responses below to get to know The Wldlfe a bit better!
Hello there! Can you please state your name, age and role in The Wldlfe?
My name is Jansen Hogan. I am 20 years old and sing in The Wldlfe.
Welcome to alexrainbirdMusic.com, Jansen! To get started what are three words to describe The Wldlfe’s music for someone who’s never heard it before?
Unique, Big, and Emotional.
I can get behind that, very apt (and enigmatic)! I’m sure you get this one a lot but please give me a brief history of the band. What inspired you all to make music together?
I wrote my first solo record and released it my freshman year of college. As time went on, I didn’t really have the desire to be a solo act anymore. Geoff and Jason had always been close friends that had played music with me for quite a while, so I brought up the idea that we would continue as band and they were all for it. We added Jack a couple months later and the rest is history.
Perfect. You released your debut NEW EP last year and a string of awesome singles since then – do you have a favourite song out of these tracks?
I think my personal favorite is ‘Raincoat’. It may not be an audience favorite but I always get pumped to play that song live.
Awesome! I always find it interesting when bands really dig a certain track that the audience don’t necessarily gravitate to. Great stuff! On the flipside, are thee any particular songs for readers to check out to best introduce them to your sound?
I would check out “Waterfalls”, “Oversentimental”, and a song called “All I Ever Do” that is on our second EP, “ILY”.
What do you feel is your biggest achievement so far as a band?
We just recently got to play for 600 people at one of the bigger venues in our hometown of Indianapolis, IN, opening for COIN. It was crazy because we’ve been in the audience so many times before in that very same room, so it was a bit surreal to get to play on that stage.
That’s amazing, congrats! COIN are awesome too, wish I was at that show! What other bands/albums are you really into right now?
I am a huge fan of The 1975 and Jon Bellion. I think those are probably the two artists that I might get a bit starstruck to meet. I think both of them are innovative and are paving the way for a new generation of artists that we hope to be a part of.
Great choices!! I saw The 1975 live in December and they were INCREDIBLE. So good. Penultimate question – what are your current plans for the future?
More shows and more writing. And maybe more released music. You never know. We are headed to Texas in March, and are working on putting together quite a few dates this summer as well.
I’ll be in the US in the summer so hopefully I can catch a show haha! Any final words?
Check out our second EP, “ILY” on Spotify, iTunes, or SoundCloud and come see us at a show! We love meeting new people and seeing new faces!
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