What is your name and role within The Wild State?
Josh Difford, my role includes songwriting, vocals, piano and occasional guitar.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
We are based predominantly in Brighton at the moment, which has a good music scene in many ways, however we are yet to really dive into it as our opportunities so far have been more London based.
How did The Wild State form?
Oliver and I met at school many moons ago, and as soon possible we moved to Brighton and attended BIMM where we met guitarist Laurie White and began to trial different sounds and genres until we found ourselves and became immersed within the sound of what is now The Wild State.
Your new single ‘Lavender’ is out now, where and when did you record?
We recorded Lavender at Tarquin Studios in Connecticut US last June.
Who did you work with during the recording/production process?
We worked closely with Peter Katis who produced our whole record. He had a great team at his studio. Gabe Wolf was a huge help throughout the process.
What or who influenced the sound and songwriting for ‘Lavender’?
Lavender actually started off as an instrumental song, pretty up beat and post rock inspired. One day I really felt the urge to project some emotion into this track, I had a lot on my mind at this time and the track provided a great back bone for writing. I sent the idea to Oliver who was touched by the fact I was able to make an upbeat song, kind of heartbreaking. And soon enough we collaborated on it and he dusted the song with his beautiful harmonies and melodic strength and the song quickly formed into what it is today.
How do you usually go about writing music?
We try to mix up the writing process as much as possible in order to not follow the same formula.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Big Thief, genius songwriting. Radiohead. Death Cab for Cutie
You have a unique set up being two lead vocals, with piano and drums being played, how did this come about?
We don’t particularly like the idea of this deeply engrained need for a front man. We aim to allow the music to speak for itself. Our vocals blend really nicely together and I think it represents the closeness we have as a band.
Your debut album is also on the way, can you give us an idea of what to expect?
A journey of emotion & expression, don’t worry, not all sad!
What have you found most challenging and rewarding whilst putting the album together?
Writing/recording & living with your closest friends is the dream. And we were able to tap into this dream and do exactly that. There’s no better feeling. The challenging parts were insanity, ear blindness and HEAT. It was very hot in Connecticut and as a bunch of very English guys, we were melting a fair amount.
What else have you been working on recently and what’s planned for 2019?
We are very excited to really get our live set out there, that’s our main aim currently. Our album ‘Light Along The Waves’ is out on 10th May.
What do you like to do away from music?
Country walks and ale. We are the epitome of party animals.
Any secrets that you care to share?
I’m scared of sharks, and mayo.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
The Better half pub in Hove, great atmosphere, great food, great landlord!