With Blissfields nearly upon us we caught up with Holly from Wyldest who are performing this Thursday on the Larch stage.
Can tell us about the beginnings of Wyldest?
Zoe and I first met at a party in Southsea in 2012. We later bonded over a mutual love of effects pedals and retro synths. We started jamming in 2014 with Zoe taking the lead on vocals and synthesizers, while I focused on guitar. After a while we were joined by Jack Gooderham on drums, who helped us take our sound to the next level, combining organic and electronic beats to form the experimental sound we were searching for.
For anyone who may be new to your music, please give us 4 words to describe what you’re all about.
Slightly weird pop music.
Where or who do you currently draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favourite part about the process?
Zoe tends to create an idea when it comes to her, perhaps in her bedroom or on the train. She’ll bust out a structure and some melodies, then we’ll work on it together as a group to create the final version. She’s super prolific and takes influence from the environment in which she finds herself, be it politically or physically. I love listening to her demos and picking out catchy parts and running with them to make them into something great.
If I were to turn on your iPod right now, what five artists/songs would I see your recently played list and what is it about those artists that appeal to you?
Air ‘Cherry Blossom Girl‘ Love every ounce of music they’ve ever touched. This particular tune is a great example of their ability to merge psych with electronica whilst welding an acoustic guitar. Total chill.
Warpaint ‘Beetles‘ Warpaint are true masters of their art. Their individual and combined talents are unrivalled as they create beautifully melancholy pop songs that still make you want to dance. This song in particular takes you on a journey through what feels like different chapters of the song, showing off their versatility through the varied elements of their sound. I love it.
Slightly weird pop music.
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Jeff Buckley ‘Everybody Here Wants You‘ This song has an amazing groove and incredible vocals, mixed with Jeff Buckley’s signature chorussy guitar tone and jarring chords it’s hauntingly beautiful.
Methyl Ethel ‘Rogue‘ Took a punt on this album in Resident [Brighton] recently and wasn’t disappointed. This is the fave from the album, hideously catchy.
Hockeysmith ‘But Blood‘ Twin sisters Annie and Georgie Hockeysmith know how to push the boundaries of pop music. Using a unique combination of vintage sounds, most prominently the Roland 303 acid-house bass line, contrasted against the dirty guitar sounds and softly reverbed vocals, this is a really special and exciting track.
If you would like to join the fun with us at the festival then there are a limited number of tickets still available. You can get your hands on them from www.blissfields.co.uk/tickets. If you cannot make it then the trio will be back in Portsmouth for Southsea Fest on October 1st.
If you like what you hear then you can get your hands on their music on Spotify and SoundCloud. Don’t forget to stay up to date with future Wyldest announcements on Facebook and Twitter @Wyldest.