OSM: How did Wild Horse form and who is in the band?
Jack (Lead vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keys) and Ed (drums, backing vocals, guitar) met in primary school. There’s a funny story about that. One day their class had to do a paired reading and neither Jack or Ed had anyone to read with. Jack went over to Ed and said “I have no one to read with”, Ed said he didn’t either and asked “do you want to pair up?”, Jack said yes. Ed humorously picked Where’s Wally to read and then said “do you want to be friends?” Jack said “yeah alright” and they’ve been close friends ever since.
In terms of how we started, Henry (bass, guitar, keys, backing vocals) (14 at the time) and Ed (12 at the time) met at an after school music club and had a jam. They decided they wanted to start a band. Henry asked Jack (11 at the time) to come to a session but he said no because he didn’t want to be in a band with his brother. He was later convinced by his mum to go to a session and the first song the band ever played together was a 25 minute version of “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Ever since then we knew we had something special and haven’t looked back.
OSM: Your new single ‘Joy Ride’, is out now. What was the songwriting and recording process of the track?
The song was written by Jack during the summer of 2021. It really didn’t take long to write, it was one of those that basically wrote itself. When we played it for the first time, it immediately felt like summer and we were instantly excited by it. It actually started off a lot slower than it is now. It was more like an 80s power ballad really. A few of our fans will know this as they heard the demo as part of a private listening group we have where we get fans to help us choose new songs to record. We took it into the studio and it was one of those songs that took on a new life. We sped it up, added a whole load of energy to it and spent ages on the synth parts. The result is a song that we are extremely proud of and absolutely love. We’re totally convinced that it is the song of the summer.
OSM: What is the general theme of ‘Joy Ride’, is there an overall message?
There’s no deep message or anything like that with Joy Ride. It’s really what it says it is. It’s a feel good summer song about car sex.
OSM: The band is known for its energetic live performances - which has been your favourite show to date?
We have played so many amazing shows so it would be impossible to list all our favorites that we’ve done. We just love when we get on stage and people sing our lyrics back to us and dance have a good time to our music. There’s no feeling that beats that. We love playing festivals they’re always amazing. We played a festival in Tunbridge Wells to a large crowd and it was incredible. When the crowd is with you, you feel like you have so much power. It’s actually really humbling that we can go on stage and people come to watch us and have an incredible time with us. We’re so grateful for that.
OSM: Do you have any gigs lined up?
Our next gig is Wednesday 29th March at the Spice of Life in Soho. It’s a free show. The first act will be on around six. If you’re from London you won’t want to miss it. We put on one of the most fun, energetic and fresh sets around. We’re also playing Crowfest in Crowborough on Saturday 16th July wish we’re really looking forward to. We’re also headlining the Sunday at Hawkfest on 14th August. They’ll be plenty more shows coming up to!
OSM: What challenges has the band faced since launching your career?
We’ve faced a few challenges, as all independent bands have. You’d be surprised how many con-people there are in the music industry. Especially when you start out at such a young age like we did. Speaking of age, that was a problem when we were younger. A lot of venues are 18+ so we used to have to sneakily “not mention” how young we were to get a shot at playing gigs. Usually by the time we got to the venue there was nothing that could be done and we were able to play anyway. It was actually quite eye opening being in the music industry and gigging so young. We were exposed to a lot of adult things that made us have to grow up quite quickly. We always had the time of our life gigging though. So all the challenges have absolutely been worth it.
OSM: What are the plans for the year ahead for yourselves?
We’ve just released our new single JOY RIDE and it’s doing extremely well and is receiving a lot of love which we are thrilled about. We’ve already got another song ready for release in the next couple of months and we’re about to go into the studio to record some more songs. We will be gigging loads, building up our fan base and hopefully we will start planning a UK tour. So lots of things to come soon!
OSM: If you could change anything about the industry what would it be?
We would get rid of all the con-people. There’s so many of them, more than any other industry we know of. It’s really sad to see and experience. Artists have a hard enough time as it is without being messed around and lied to. We never actually got conned out of any money, but we have had people lie to us and say they can do certain things for us and that they have a lot of connections (which they never do). We even had someone lie about their name to us once. The same guy also lied about his sister committing suicide, which is such an awful thing to lie about. He even once said he missed a meeting with us because he was doing a recording session with Jamiroquai down the road. We then saw on Twitter that Jamiroquai was actually doing a show in Argentina that evening! We don’t even know why people are like this with independent artists in the industry, they rarely gain anything from it.
OSM: If you could share the stage with another band or performer who would it be?
It would have to be The Rolling Stones. They’re part of the reason why we have our name. I’ve been manifesting for a while that one day Wild Horse and The Rolling Stones will duet “Wild Horses” together. To me, it just has to happen.
OSM: What songs are on your playlist right now, which songs are you into at the moment?
At the moment we’re loving Easy Life. We think they’re brilliant, massively underrated. We’re loving a bit of Sam Fender as well. The new Kendrick Lamar album is nothing short of masterful. We’re a bit obsessed with Florence and the Machine at the moment as well!