9:30 Interview: The Wild Feathers
Nashville’s Wild Feathers create a unique blend of folk, rock, and blues. I had the opportunity to ask Rick, the guitarist/vocalist, some questions about being a part of Wild Feathers. You can listen to full audio of the interview here.
Sydney [9:30]: My name is Sydney, I’m with the 9:30 Club. I write for their blog, and I have a couple questions for you!
Rick [The Wild Feathers]: Alright! Let’s go!
So, with this new tour, how does this tour differ from other tours that you have done in the past?
Well, it’s our second headlining tour this year, and our second one total in our careers, headlining by ourselves, so we’re excited about that. We’ve been a support band for what seems like hundreds of tours, so we know how to open up for other bands but we learned last time how to be the headliner and do certain things. For example, you have a lot longer to play so you get a little more freedom, so we’re excited to do that.
Is there anything significantly different in how you put on a show when you’re opening versus when you’re headlining?
Yeah, I think so because when you headline the show, the majority of the people are there to see you. It’s your show. So there’s already that connection that people seem to be more excited to see you because they’ve already heard of you and they’re a fan, as opposed to when you’re opening for a band and they’re audience might not have ever heard of you before. In that case you have to try and instill a lot of energy and win them over, which is fun too. But headlining, like I said, the majority of who you’re playing for are your fans. They’re excited to see you, and you’re excited to see them, and you share in their energy together, which is really great.
So, I know that you guys formed a while ago, but why did you guys start making music—why did you start this band in the first place?
I think that Joel, Taylor, and I were all kind of in the same boat, we just didn’t know it at the time. We were all ready to try something different, but we all came from different backgrounds doing different solo projects, and we all thought, “why not attempt something like this and see what could happen?” And then we really enjoyed it and things started moving along pretty quickly. We felt like we had something positive going, which is great, and we are still rally enjoying it. We’re still on our first record cycle, which is nice, and we’ve been writing here and there for our next record, which is exciting. Overall, we are still really enjoying it.
Awesome! So, I know that you guys rotate singers and how you play the songs, so what challenges does that present that makes The Wild Feathers unique compared to other bands?
I think for a while when we were just starting, the challenge was just adjusting to not being the only one who calls all the shots, and that still can be kind of trying. With our background, we all come from being the sole leader, calling the shots and directing everything. With this band, it’s more of a democracy, and we discuss everything and rely on each other to make smarter decisions, which is great. That was a little challenging at first, but it just took some getting used to. It’s not so much as challenging anymore. And that’s really kind of it. Well, It’s challenging to write sometimes. There are, besides myself, two other songwriters in the band who are very passionate about what they do. We never get argumentative or anything, but people get excited and it can be hard to focus the actual song, the actual thoughts, because we’re so excited. It’s challenging to kind of reign it in, but that’s really it.
So you guys are going to be playing at the 9:30 Club in DC coming up, and I know you guys have come to DC before, but is there anything new that you’re looking forward to doing or a place you’re excited to go back to when you’re here?
Well, we always love being there, but it seems like every time we’re in DC we’re there for a total of like four or five hours. We come in, sound check, play, and then have to leave, but I think we get a full night there. So, I’m willing to say that’s one of our favorite venues in the country, just like every other band. It’s amazing, it sounds great, and the people are so nice. We sure will be doing some celebrating on the town. It will be so nice coming back and being the headliner, not just the opener.
The last question I have for you is: if your tour bus was on fire, or about to fall into a lake or something, but you had time to run in and grab one thing out of the bus, what would you grab?
Are we deep into the tour; deep into traveling?
I would probably say my phone charger.
That’s a good answer!
That’s the first thing that came to my mind. I have to communicate. I would say my music, but most of my music on the road is on my phone, so I would have to say my phone charger.
Well, is there anything else that you would like to add?
Not really. We are super excited to come back to DC and play 9:30. Can’t wait for the cupcakes, can’t wait to have a good time like we always do.
Thank you so much for your time!
Thank you! No problem! See you soon!
Be sure to catch The Wild Feathers when they play at the 9:30 club on Thursday, 11/20