From a past wild with fires that burned innocence and ignorance away to nothing but ash, Wildon Ash was formed. Living through these burnt memories of the past, transcending the fires and immortalizing it all within words and lyrics is what this band is all about. Formed in 2006 in Hollywood California, Wildon Ash pursued their fire live with a passion, diligently and deliberately blowing away audiences in Hollywood clubs such as The Roxy, The Key Club, The Knitting Factory and many more. They quickly developed a loyal fan base that recognized their music was unique and emotion evoking – that this band had something thought provoking to say in a most rocking way. ~ Wildon Ash
Jessica: Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview for TSM. I think you’re an incredibly talented artist, so I’m honored to have this opportunity.
Since your band formed in 2006, you’ve played in many Hollywood venues (including The Roxy, The Key Club and The Knitting Factory) captivating audiences everywhere. You won Battle of the Bands in 2008, and released your debut album Cool Place in Hell receiving critical acclaim for your music. Right now you have a new Cool Place in Hell compilation of nineteen songs, including “Anti-Martyr”, “Shine On”, “Broken” and “Disappointed” available for purchase at Amazon and Itunes. All your songs are are so amazing, as I have difficulty picking favorites! So, how did you go about the song selection process for your album?
Wildon: Thank you TSM. I am honored to be part of your first issue and truly flattered to have been chosen. Song selection for the album was based entirely upon critical acclaim. The songs I put on that album were the ones that received the most five star ratings. Simple really.
Jessica: Are all your songs based on personal experiences?
Wildon: Unfortunately, yes! haha. Hey, that is what life’s about. Nobody has it easy. We are all just searching for our ’Cool Place in Hell.’ Overall, with all the shit I’ve been through, I consider myself fortunate to be alive, but more importantly, blessed to feel the love I do inside for people and this world – my family, my friends, my fans. I’m a lucky bastard really.
Jessica: At what age did you start writing songs and get into music?
Wildon: Wow, a long time ago. Hard to say exactly, but I started singing when I was like five. I started writing music in my early teens. I was always a deep kid that spent too much time inside his own head, so getting my emotions out lyrically was important, even cathartic for me. Still is.
Jessica: What’s your process for writing lyrics ?
Wildon: You know, it all starts with the vocal melody. As you may have noticed, many of our tunes if not all of them are structured around the lyrics and vocals. I always write the vocal melody first, then the lyrics, then structure the music around this. I feel this gives my music a uniqueness that is not present elsewhere in the music scene these days. Words are important to me. Many of my songs are actually written while I am in the shower. I have a voice activated recorder that sits in my bathroom. When I start singing, it starts recording. Of course, it has recorded a few other unintentional sounds as well! haha.
Jessica: Who are some musicians you admire and look up to?
Wildon: I think Billy Idol is pretty damn amazing. From Gen X days all the way up to the present, he’s the man. Other than that, I admire anyone who takes a stand and perseveres through adversity, keeping their heart and kindness intact. I don’t have much fondness for those who are not humble and kind or act as if they are better than others. Just because I sing well and my music is on the radio doesn’t mean I am a better person. The same goes for people that are good looking. I don’t care much for elitists. I’m just a musician with a talent. Nothing more and certainly nothing less.
Jessica: Your music has a unique sound. So, how would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?
Wildon: Gerbil in a blender. Haha. Seriously tough questions, but since I have to answer this one…if you take the musical content of Pink Floyd, the dynamics of Linkin Park and mix the two together, you will have a good idea of my sound.
Jessica: The songs “Anti-Martyr”, “Shine On”, “Broken” and “Disappointed” can be heard on 13000 radio stations worldwide. What other songs are currently being played on the radio?
Wildon: Hard to say. Some songs are probably playing that I don’t know about, but “Turn Me On” is quite popular on the radio, as is “Crawl”, “Something So Right”, “Crutch”, “Hypocrisy”, “Wicked Game”…Hmmm…I don’t like to write a song unless I truly feel like it can be a hit on the radio. Perhaps that is why we have so many playing out there at present. It’s a good problem to have.
Jessica: If you had to choose a favorite song off the current Cool Place in Hell compilation album, what would it be and why?
Wildon: That would have to be “Shine On.” This song represents my reclamation of innocence. I wrote it for my kids.
Jessica: So, you’ll be appearing on national television soon?
Wildon: That’s what I’m told. Probably in June. We may be playing a freedom festival in New Hampshire, then going on to NYC for the gig. Should be fun. You can check our MySpace site for more news on all that.
Jessica: I know you’re also involved in another project “Border Patrol.” Can you share details about this project? How did you come up with the name “Border Patrol”?
Wildon: Haha! Started as a joke between an old buddy and I. He wanted to do something reminiscent of old Gen X, so I wrote a tune and we threw it down in about three hours in the studio. It’s called “Stay or Go.” More than anything, it was a joke – but the song actually has become pretty well liked. I was pretty hammered when I recorded the vox though, and so it doesn’t sound much like me. That’s the fun part.
Jessica: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?
Wildon: I am so f—ing appalled by child molesters, pedophiles and anyone that abuses children or takes their innocence away. I won’t tell you what I would do to them, but suffice it to say that it wouldn’t involve leniency or walking upright.
Jessica: What is one of your favorite quotes (or lines) that inspires you?
Wildon: I’m not a big quote guy. I used to like that quote from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche “That which does not kill me makes me stronger,” until of course, I realized that which does not kill me diminishes me greatly! Haha. If I want inspiration, I write it – or bastardize it like above.
Jessica: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can fans find out more about you and to purchase your music?
Wildon: My new album is available in 700 stores worldwide, including Itunes and Rhapsody. That’s the one I would recommend, which can be bought directly from our MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/wildonash) as well. Recently came out with a new compilation album of ten songs called Anti-Martyr. That album can be purchased at Reverbnation. Also, the Cool Place in Hell limited edition CD can be purchased on our MySpace page.
Jessica: Thank you again for this interview. Wish you continued success with your music and looking forward to the next album.
Wildon: Thank you and I wish you the same success with your magazine. This interview was my pleasure. Thank you to all my family, friends and fans as well for all your support. Couldn’t have made it here without you and that is something I will never forget. No regrets.