Wild Son Interview

On the evening of Friday February 22nd, I met a great group of artists known as Wild Son. After playing a well received, energy packed show I was pulled through the crowd, through the kitchen of Fernando’s pub, and out into the cold alley to find myself with the band. Between alcohol induced speech and some disorientation, we made it to one of the members vans to discuss their music and talk about their E.P as well as plans to tour.

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The band consists of four members: Aaron Desilva (bass), Mitch Howanyk (violin), Kieran McCaffrey (guitar/vocals) and Cam Wilks (drums). These guys are really nice, it was a pleasure to talk with them about their project and hear what they had to say.

(Keep in mind I mainly spoke with Mitch, however a few other members joined in the conversation).

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So how did this band come together?
A few of us grew up together and went to school together. Basically, it was two best friends times two that came to know one another, and as soon as we played together we knew that this was it.

Was it more of a collaboration in the beginning?
In the beginning to be honest, no one was butting heads, but we weren’t a band like we are now. After Erin joined in, it really filled out the group and we finally found our sound and acted as a band.

How was the reception to your E.P “Franklyn Road”?
The E.P went over very well, we sold the venue out and are really happy with the reception we got. I think that’s lent a large part to where we are now. It’s been great thus far, we’ve had a lot of old fans as well as new fans coming up to us and attending our shows and seeing new faces engaged in our performance was really great too.

Why did you guys choose the cover of the E.P?
I walk across Franklyn road everyday on my way to work, so I thought that was a great place to start. We call our house the “lions den”, it’s a place where we would meet and play together. We became friends there, we ate together, and wrote music together. So we thought it was a good way to keep that in mind as we go forward.

Any plans to tour in the future?
We are currently in the midst of planning our summer 2013 tour here. We collaboratively know enough people and musicians and self-manage ourselves. So our plan is to head out to Vancouver, play a show in Kelowna and then head out West.

All the members seem to have a dynamic set of influences, how does that translate into the music?
I think through this band we’ve all had a struggle with our influences, because they’re different. But having  music backgrounds that are educational as well as self-taught is a good thing because we help each other learn and grow with what we contribute.

What’s your opinion of the music scene in Canada?
I think honestly, growing up here it’s always lacked a music scene. Lately, I’m impressed with the growth, because now it’s become so robust and there is so much music here, and we feel that it will only get better. 

Describe Wild Son in one word
You can’t say what it is in one word hence the name, but our phrase is “what it is”, or we could go with “happening”. The one thing that holds this band together are the times we share, writing music. Socially and musically that connection as friends has helped us a lot.

How was playing with Kara Funk on November 23rd?
That was a great show, we had just met her not too long before that. She performed a great duo performance, and we really liked seeing her perform.

How was the E.P release show on January 18th?
*Laughter* that was a crazy show, it was great. You can check out a music video we did with The Business Limited, that’s a culmination of a few shows and you can capture what it was in that video.

Check out Wild Son’s music here.


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