In WHI Behind The Music we sit down with inspiring artists to get to know them a bit better and learn more about what drives them. This time, meet the band Wild Child.

In honor of their newly launched album “Expectations”, we got the chance to interview Kelsey Wilson, lead vocalist and violin player of the Texas-based indie-pop band Wild Child. The band’s delightful multi-instrumental, folk-inspired tunes are strongly driven by influences of their favorite artists and the seven band member’s experiences in life. Wild Child - consisting of Alexander Beggins, Kelsey Wilson, Sadie Wolfe, Matt Bradshaw, Tom Myers, Cody Ackors, and Tyler Osmond - decided to try a new approach in making music and therefore traveled the world to work with various producers at once. By that, they pushed the boundaries of songwriting and created a unique and colorful new record.
Find out all about those memorable experiences, how their friendship inspires them, and how overstepping their comfort zone lead to creating something truly aspirational in the following Q&A.

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Hey Kelsey, lovely to meet you! How did you first encounter music and have you always wanted to make a living from your passion?
I started playing classical violin when I was five but I never enjoyed it because of how many rules there were. I've always loved listening to music but didn't really feel like I got anything from playing it until I stopped practicing classical music and started jamming with anyone and everyone I could. Once I let go of all the rules, I realized I could actually connect with other people through making music and there was no stopping it after that. Got hooked on making people smile, ya know?

What would you tell young people who want to pursue a creative career? Is there something you told yourself over the years?
There's no right or wrong way to do anything! As long as it makes you happy, it's good.

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To you, who are the most inspiring people and what did you learn from them? Have your idols changed over time?
I've learned most from my peers. Playing music with friends and watching them work hard and grow, never turn down a gig and just appreciate anyone listening. I always get the most from watching people I love play music. It always makes me want to go home and get better so I can hold my own alongside them.

“It was a direct page from inside my head that all my best friends helped me translate.”

For your new album “Expectations” you tried a different approach to songwriting. Why did you feel like it was time for that change and what inspired you to push the boundaries of producing music as you knew it?
Alexander and I have always written everything together. I never felt confident enough to start and finish a tune on my own for some reason and after three records and seven years of touring I finally got the guts to do it. Hah. It felt good to write something I needed to and actually be really precious with it. It's pretty terrifying to put that much of you into something and then put it out for everyone to hear, but my bandmates were all so wonderfully supportive and they made the songs sound even better than I could have imagined.

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What was the most memorable moment on that journey to you?
Listening to Sinking Ship for the first time at the end of a long day of recording with the band. It was the first time I ever listened to a song I wrote completely finished and I couldn't believe how much I loved it. It was a direct page from inside my head that all my best friends helped me translate. Really powerful experience for me.

In order to record “Expectations”, you traveled lots of places to work with different producers. What is the most important lesson traveling has taught you so far?
You can find good people anywhere.

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And last but not least, do you have a recommendation for the community on how to pursue your dreams?
Just don't go away! Keep doing it because If you don't go anywhere, eventually you will become a "thing".

”There's no right or wrong way to do anything! As long as it makes you happy, it's good.”
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Check out the band’s socials for more information on their new album!

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