One of my favorite things is when bands get creative with their music videos. As a longtime fan of comic book heroes, this is right up my alley. I mean, look at the logo for Making It. "Villains" is a hard-hitting song with heavy guitars, melodic riffs, and very in your face drums. The video takes you through a journey in the eyes of a villain in a comic book format, with the lyrics being the storyline. A really creative way of putting together a lyric video. Hailing from Gulfport, MS, Wild Fire's music is full of attitude such as A Day to Remember, combined with moldy and vocals that reminisce of Fall Out Boy. I first met their guitar player, Taylor Roberts, during my days at House of Blues in New Orleans. To this day, the band has always been hustlers, adamant learners of the business, and continue to put out great hard-hitting tunes.
Speaking of House of Blues New Orleans, they will be performing there on February 16th, 2018.
An interview with Taylor Roberts of Wild Fire
What’s the story or inspiration behind this song?
While I'm not the author of the lyrics for Villain, the song is about well.... being the villain. We all have that side of us, deep down somewhere. That side of you is there whether you want to believe that or not and sometimes its just itching to break out and take control. Another aspect for inspiration, at least on my side of things, would definitely be the Joker. If you watch the lyric video, the main focus of the video is the Joker, the lyrics to me describe the insanity and utter villainy that the Joker exudes.. Theres always been something so fascinating about that character. He's a villain you fall in love with and every now and again, you can find yourself in those same shoes, so his character becomes very relatable. The song also sparked a custom Joker guitar that I use nightly thanks to the team over at Aristides Instruments. It's truly a one of a kind instrument, much like the song.
Which books, documentaries, blogs, or podcasts do you share the most with other musicians?
I've actually been listening to your podcast Making it with Chris G. for a little while now and its the one I've found the most helpful. The newsletters have been wonderful and the podcasts are very insightful. So for anyone listening and looking for a place to step up your professional game, I'd highly recommend your podcast to anyone looking to get an edge on their music career.
If someone wanted to reach out to help and support you and spread your music. What is the biggest thing you need and what could someone to help you with that?
Visit our website at www.wildfireofficial.com, join the mailing list, visit the merch store, and #spreadthefire. If you dig it, tell people. Word of mouth is such a powerful tool that I don't think a lot of people consider sometimes in today's world. Generally, if someone tells you about something they are excited about, it'll get you excited and God willing, you'll find songs that make you fall in love with the band. Next thing you know, you're a fan.
What advice would you give to a musician or songwriter just getting started in their career?
Don't put out crap. What I mean by that is, I tend to see a bunch of younger bands that record demos at their buddies house in the basement or just in the bedroom and then try to pass it off as a decent demo. Spend time on your craft and spend some money on the recording. Research who you are going to record with and make sure it's going to be a good fit for the sound you're going for. The more you put into your band, the more you get back out of it. But don't rush it, and play it smart. The other thing I would say is to have your band members taking care of themselves and don't just throw on some rags tucked in the back of your dresser. Take pride in your appearance because you're essentially trying to woo your audience in a live application. It's an infomercial to get people to the merch booth after your set. You take it seriously, everyone else will too. It's also a business, I don't care what anyone else tells you, it's a business first.
The Hollywood Vampires - Alice Cooper, Keith Moon from the Who, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees - if you had to put together your version of the Hollywood Vampires to have a night of drinks with, dead or alive, which 5 people would be part of your drinking crew?
Johnny Depp would be one, because who wouldn't want to go drinking with Johnny Depp. Guy plays guitar in Hollywood Vampires, has appeared numerous times with Marilyn Manson, and he's freaking Jack Sparrow! I bet lots of interesting things would happen. I would say Lemmy from Motorhead, because who else are you gonna drink whiskey with? I'm sure he would teach you a thing or two about rock n roll on a drunken adventure. Vinnie Paul would be another I wouldn't mind going a few rounds of shots with. That dude just makes you smile. I would also say John Campbell from Lamb of God because you could get drunk and slap each other till one of you gives in. And last but certainly not least, Michael Starr from Steel Panther. That would be trouble and a train wreck waiting to happen but hey, buckle up and let's go!