14.11.13

Team Wild, the interview




Οι TeamWild είναι ένα καινούργιο γκρουπ από την Γαλλία το οποίο γνώρισα τυχαία στο διαδίκτυο και με εντυπωσίασε. Έστειλα λοιπόν ένα mail στο bandcamp τους μην περιμένοντας τίποτα αλλά η Θεά με ακούμπησε με το ραβδάκι της και έτσι όχι μόνο έλαβα απάντηση αλλά έχω και επικοινωνία μαζί τους. Το αποτέλεσμα δε αυτής είναι η συνέντευξη που θα διαβάσετε.

Οι Team Wild αποτελούνται από την Amelie D. Noordzee η οποία παίζει κιθάρα και τον Johnny Boom Golightly στα τύμπανα. Έχουν κυκλοφορήσει ένα EP το οποίο μπορείτε να ακούσετε ή και να αγοράσετε εδώ.
Στις ερωτήσεις έβαλε το χεράκι της και η vick.


Ioannis: How did you meet? What was the first impression you got of each other and how did you decide to make music together?

Amelie: I can't really remember when we first met... It's like we know each other for ever. We're close friends, twins, neighbours, brother and sister in law, cousins...  Two years ago I asked Johnny if he'd like to help me for my new songs. He agreed, and, as we were working together, the sound was going somewhere far from the folk music I was usually playing. It was obvious that we were creating something new for both of us.

Amelie, I was searching information about you on the Internet and I got the impression that Team  Wild isn't your first musical experience or I am wrong ? You look and sound as if you are playing on long time .

Amelie: That's right. I played solo for years, as "Amélie", a folk music project. I recorded 2 EPs and 2 albums. But touring alone was hard and I was fed up with it. I'm happy to share the stage with another musician!

What Team Wild means to you? Why did you choose this name?

Amelie: Choosing a band's name is always hard. When we were thinking about a name, I only knew that I liked name's bands like "Club Cheval". I liked the idea of a "club", I wanted to keep this idea of working together. So "Team" was really easy to find. And I guess "Wild" was first a joke with "Kim Wilde". And the joke finally sounded as a real good idea to our ears. 

How long do you play together?

Amelie: We've played for 2 years, and as "Team Wild" for a year and a half.

Which one of you writes the lyrics and the music?

Amelie: I write the lyrics and I usually write the music. Then, together we look for the best structure, the right sound, the good rythm. And Johnny helps too by being some fresh ears, sometimes really needed when I can't find the good solution with a song. Writing is sometimes a real fight, and he helps me fighting. 

Johnny: She’s the boss and i like it ! she writes on her own and then we work together on the energy and the tension that we can add to the songs.

Playing as a duo (guitar and drums) what are the difficulties that you are dealing with if there is any? Does the musical combination (the two instruments and the voice) consist an ideal form of a band or it is a (temporary) necessity?

Amelie : I guess sometimes more bass are needed and we can't play them. We don't want playing with samples, we want everything to be played live, so we deal with that lack of bass. But we're fine together. Less choice (drums and guitar, nothing more) forces us to be more creative.  We have to find solutions by ourseleves, we can't hide behind arrangements or an orchestra. We have to find the solution with our 4 hands, nothing more. So Team Wild is made to be a duo, even if we should never say never. 

Johnny: Minimalism  fits perfectly to Amelie’s straight hearted songs! I don’t really care for the lack of bass, i like to think that the listener imagines it when it’s not there… And it allows me to hit the floor tom very loud and very often to try to add more bass, which is great because i adore hitting  the floor tom!


Do you feel that this limits your expression artistically?

Amelie: Less is more! so, definitely no. A good song still sounds, with a lot of instruments or not. So we keep songs skinny, we go straight to the point, we like it rough and genuine. 

Johnny: I agree! It’s all about the core of the song . To be honest i already like Amelie’s songs when she sings them a-cappella!

I am very impressed by your EP Taekwondo, is this your first release? Is there a thought of a full length album in your next plans? What are your next plans really?

Amelie : We put some songs on Bandcamp a year ago, called "Keep It Simple Stupid" EP. We recorded it by ourselves, in our rehearsal place. It helped to get our first concerts. 
"Taekwondo" is our first physical release. It was released last May. This time we worked with a sound engineer. We are not technicians, so some wise hands were helpfull to get a better sound, a better mix, and to get the right sound for our songs. 
Now we're thinking about an album, we have some plans but nothing sure yet. I'd love recording in the USA, a kind of american dream for me. Ok ok, really "cliché"! And we'd like to get some production help. Label, distribution... something. What the use of having an album produced in the USA if nobody can listen to it? So our real plans for now are playing live, the most as we can. And some good gigs are coming: we play twice with Scout Niblett in Paris and Lille, at the end of November. A piece of dream for me: I'm a HUGE fan of her, I thought about her albums when we started playing together. 

I believe that nowadays there are musicians that give me reason to be optimistic for the future of music. What do you think about it?

Amelie : That's right, during this bad period for music industry, the power is between the hands of musicians. They are the only ones who know what they need, and how they need things to be done. We need to wake up, and I guess some musicians are great leaders for this fight. I hope we all become some warriors to define new rules. 
I'm impressed too by some artists who go further than music. This economic crisis excites their imagination, bringing more than 12 songs in a plastic box. For example I'm really impressed by Björk's work, specially on her last album (Biophilia). It was more than an album, it was more than songs. It was a universe, mixing music, videos, and new technologies. New instruments, an Ipad App, a foundation for ecology... No limits for imagination. 
But to be honest, in the same times, I feel depressed by what the audience chooses : last year, best sales in France were cover albums, sung by bishops, TV-reality people or kids. People feel safe with music they already know, maybe most of all during this hard period in Europe. But to me, music is first of all a risky thing : I need to be shocked, shaken, thrilled by new stuffs... I sometimes think it's a fight already lost. 

Johnny: I don’t want to sound depressing but I believe the best music has already done before, and that it’s impossible to match what geniuses like Beethoven, the Beatles, Bob Dylan or Kraftwerk did before! I don’t think there will be geniuses anymore because i kind of think everything has been said already, and that there will be no major cultural or technological revolutions in music anymore. But i’ll make an effort: there will always be thousands of great musicians all around the world , who creates music with sincerity and enthusiasm, and its easier to record and share music in the 21th century than it ever was!

What is your inspiration for making music? I mean do you have a plan for creating a song? Do you just make a start and get the ideas later or do you write the lyrics first and the music after?

Amelie: Hard to say. Sometimes I feel that something urgently needs to go out of me. I take my guitar and some ideas come. But I can stay a long time without anything to say, and it's a bit frightening, I wonder if inspiration will be able to come back someday. 
Inspiration comes from books, movies, and most of the time from things I lived, and the feelings they give me. nothing really innovative! 

Name some favorite bands and musicians that influence you. What musical genre do you like best?

Amelie: Scout Niblett, PJ Harvey, Bjork, Bonnie Prince Billy, 31 Knots, Tu Fawning... But also old stuffs like Tom Jones (specially his live recordings),  ABBA (i'm a huge fan !)... Our duo makes me listen again to The White Stripes of course…

Johnny: My favourite artists are Daniel Johnston, Sparklehorse, The Beatles, Elliott Smith, The Shins, The Beach boys... because i love good songwriters! Pop is my favourite kind of music, i’ve also been obsessed with classical music for the last years! For Team Wild i find inspiration in bands who deal with the same combination of minimalism, sensibility and energy: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Dresden Dolls, PJ Harvey… The White Stripes are a great band, the power of the guitar and the fragility of the drums work so well together, sometimes i like to describe Team wild as The White Stripes in reverse!

How could you describe your thoughts about the world today?

Amelie: So many things to say… Most of my thoughts about the world today, and how people act and live are told in my lyrics. I guess it makes me feel angry. 

Johnny: I think the world is screwed by money and technology! People are more and more afraid to live their life and think by themselves. But i don’t really care about that .I’m much more interested in what’s inside the few people that i know and that i meet  than what’s happening in the world.

Do you believe in miracles?

Amelie: It depends on the kind of miracles you're talking about ;) To me, small miracles are in everyday life. For example, meeting people you feel good with, you can trust, you can count on, is a small miracle : 6 billions people on Earth, and some of the best are standing next to you ! Making songs  is a small miracle too : when lyrics and music come together, that ideas flow in your mind, with a nice melody, it tastes like a small miracle... 

Johnny :  Of course i do! Who doesn’t!

What do you think about whalesharks and fairies?

Amelie: I went to the Museum of Natural History in New York. There is a full-scale whale, and it was looking so peacefull, and so gracious despite her huge body, that I'd like to become a whale in a next life. Ask this favor for me to a fairy if you meet one someday, please. 

Johnny: They scare me equally.  I think the world would be a better place without them!


Thanks a lot!!! 












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