Band Q&A – The Wild & Free

The Wild & Free are from St Louis, Missouri and their members include;

  • Rachel Greco – Vocals
  • Mike Henthorn – Guitar
  • Dan Kerns – Guitar
  • Zach Shaw – Bass
  • Marc Lyle – Drums

1. Who are your top 3 influences?

EDM music as a whole, Blink 182, and All Time Low/The All-American Rejects as a tie – sorry had to cheat a little.

2. How did you get your band name?

We struggled so much trying to name this band. We were throwing around names like nitelite, karaoke kids, Ready Set Go, and even the chocolate covered strawberries. Eventually Mike came up with ‘The Wild & Free’. We feel like it fits Rachel’s wild spirit quite nicely. Mike & Dan who started the group, also love a little band called ‘A Rocket to the Moon’ and they had a record called Wild & Free, that may have something to do with it as well.

3. How did you all meet?

Mike and Dan were in another band together before. Dan knew Rachel from back in the day and asked if she would like to audition, she was fantastic from the start and fit in quickly. Our drummer Marc actually had his big brother reach out to Mike for an audition for the group as Marc was only 17 at the time. Once Marc played Dan & Mike knew he was a perfect fit. Not only is he a beast behind the kit but he has such a flare to his playing that both Dan & Mike were really looking for.
4. What is your song writing process?

Our songs typically start with Mike & Rachel trying to find an idea/hook that they like. Once they have what they feel is a solid bare bones of a full song they will bring to the rest of the group so that they can all put their own flair on it. After that is done we can track a full song in 2 days with our producer ,Kevin Gates of Reach Audio, (spoiler alert, he’s amazing).

5. ‘Smoke & Mirrors’ recently came out, can we expect anything else?

Why yes you can! We released that single and it’s available on all music platforms. We also have a video out for it that you can find on YouTube and Facebook. Moving forward from that we are currently working on our next video for our song Band-Aid, keep your eyes peeled for that mid September this year.
6. What was your first gig experience like?

Our first gig ever was actually at a couple of high schools. So we were lucky enough to play in front of a couple of full auditoriums. We didn’t have a whole lot of original music back then so we had to fill it up with a bunch of Paramore covers haha.

7. What has been your biggest challenge so far?

Probably just keeping up with social media. It is such a gift but it can be exhausting at times. Its always changing and there always seems to be a new platform that you just “have to be on!”. Its a juggling act for sure, but we are definfitly enjoying the process.

8. What is your favourite thing about performing?

Just making the songs feel real. We spent so much time in the studio this past year writing our album and it feels incredibly fresh to get the five of us in a room and actually play the songs. We can’t wait to show everyone the new material. Also when fans sing some of our lyrics back to us, that never sucks!

9. What is your favourite song to perform live?

Right now probably FIRE, it just has some great energy to it that seems to translate really well in a live setting. Also Dancing through the Night is a good one because hearing a large crowd “WHAH!” is always fun.

10. What inspired ‘Paper Cut’, ‘Fire’ and the new songs to come?

In short – a toxic relationship. Not saying that the relationship is all bad, but no matter how good a relationship is there’s always some monsters in the closet you know?

11. What do you all do when you’re not musically involved?

Rachel – is a dancing machine. She loves shuffling at raves and working out.
Mike – Plays golf and BBQ’s a lot – he’s also obsessed with movie’s and video games (primarily Nintendo).
Dan – Plays a lot of hockey (goalie) and several different leagues. He can actually ice skate really well which always surprises us. When he’s not doing that you can probably find him at a winery.
Marc – When Marc isn’t playing drums we’re pretty sure he is playing drums. He’s a beast, there’s a reason he’s the best musician in the band.
Zach – He loves going to the movies even more than Mike, we think he goes at least every week. He also has a small obsession with pop corn.

12. In your opinion, what’s your best song?

This answer is different for everyone but as a whole we have to go with Fire. It’s the first song where we feel we really found what this band is suppose to sound like. After we wrote that song we knew we had to write an album.

13. Who has the worst dress sense?

Haha! That would be Marc, don’t hold it against him though he’s only 19. He’s still way cooler than we were when we were his age.

14. Funniest show story?

We once played a show where it was the sound guys first day haha. Our backing tracks didn’t work, he only had one guitar going, we had no base, only one vocal and Marc had no click track in his ears. Needless to say it was a disaster. To make it worse it was the show where we had all of our families there to watch, it was a bad night haha. But it was so bad that we love talking about that night, it’s just too funny now.

15. Pizza! What toppings do you all have?

We actually dig pineapple and bacon, deal with it!

16. Who’s the most annoying member?

Zach haha he’s the newest member so we get to throw him under the bus for this question.

17. Who has the worst tattoo?

Rachel, she had a flower that resembled…well, use your imagination haha she just fixed it a couple of days ago, so all is well.

18. Fast forward and you’re millionaires. What do you do with the money?

Dan wants a boat… I can’t tell you how man times Dan says ” I WANT A BOAAAT!”… but honestly beach homes for everyone would be just dandy haha.

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