6 Questions With Wyves
Welcome to “6 Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
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Next in the hot seat is Phoenix-based indie alt-rock soul band Wyves. We have had the privilege of featuring Wyves here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. Sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
We are Wyves from Phoenix, Arizona. We play loud Rock & Roll full of energy. We love to entertain and leave it all out on the stage. We got started when various other projects we were all involved in ran their course in the Arizona scene and left us open to start writing songs together. What we realized pretty quick was how much of a passion project Wyves would become.
As an artist, how do you define success?
The music industry is so different these days. We would truly consider ourselves successful by building a following strong enough to travel out frequently and pay the bills solely on our music. There’s an easier path to do that with the music you write but if we can accomplish this while keeping ourselves happy with the music that moves us then we’d consider ourselves a successful band.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business.
Reach and breaking through. EVERYONE is in a band nowadays. With easy access to the vast pool of social and music platforms, you have constantly work to keep your fan bases attention to break through the clutter.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Our current single and the song that we get the most crowd participation for no matter where we play is “Bitch Has Got Problems.” It’s become our staple song and we usually end the night with it.
I FULLY enjoy that track! Great choice.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
We keep our ears open to a lot of current music to let it influence us and keep our writing fresh, but we will forever be in love with Classic Rock. We don’t all have vinyl players because it’s cool right now and we bought them last year…we have them because we have killer collections of all the rock & roll we would listen to growing up. (Stones, Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Bowie, Stooges, etc.)
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
We try to hang out with each other and be friends first and foremost. Writing songs can be a very heated and intimate process and if you don’t have a strong bond with the group you are doing so with it can quickly get dry and bitter. We all have different things we like to do to get into the songwriting mood: from going on a specific band kick late at night with headphones to getting out of town for a bit to clear your head of the everyday noise. There are a lot of different methods to get your head in the right space for writing. Sometimes a crazy night out on the town away from music can reap some good song ideas.