- If you could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
We are Wild Horse. We are made up of brothers Jack Baldwin (lead vocals, guitar, bass, keys) and Henry Baldwin (bass, guitar, keys, backing vocals), and their longtime friend Ed Barnes (drums, backing vocals, guitar). Our music is essentially a hub for our vast array of influences which incorporates pop, funk, rnb, rock, punk, country, blues, gospel, opera etc.
How did you all meet?
Well, as mentioned, Jack and Henry are brothers so they’ve known each other quite a long time! And Jack and Ed 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.
- How long have you been playing?
We started out really young. Jack was only 11, Ed was 12 and Henry was 14. So we’ve been playing together for 9 years already!
- What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Slick, fun, colorful.
- What are your musical influences?
In terms of our influences, we have an extremely wide range. We listen to all kinds of genres. Anything from Pavarotti to Kanye West. Because of this, it would be impossible to individually name all our influences but we incorporate the sounds of Pop, Soul, Rnb, Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, Dance, Disco, House, Trap, Gospel, Country, Blues, Britpop and Funk into our music. So any artists within these genres, we’re probably influenced by them.
We are extremely inspired by people who have managed to mark their spot amongst the greats and have made a difference to the world. We hope to do the same through our music.
- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Over the years we’ve seen some pretty weird things. We once had this drunk guy dancing up the front with everyone. Our shows are really energetic so everyone dances so it wasn’t out of the ordinary. But then he starts trying to get on stage and steal our microphones to sing. We politely nudged him away when he would do so but at one point he pushed Jack completely out of the way and then started screaming down the mic like a psychopath. The bouncer came and literally dragged him out by his feet. That one was odd. We’ve also been flashed a few times which we have always found quite funny!
- Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted?
I think the first shows we did once restrictions were gone was festivals. We love playing festivals so much as it’s such a lovey vibe and we missed festivals so we booked ourselves onto as many as we could. And since then we’ve just been playing as many shows as we can as we never want to take that for granted again. It’s our favorite thing to do and the two years we couldn’t do it were really difficult for us.
- What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
To be honest, we don’t really have any guilty pleasures in terms of music. We don’t really care to hide our tastes out of embarrassment. We like all kinds of music. We love a bit of One Direction, which is probably the closest we’ve ever been to having a guilty pleasure!
- What have you been listening to in the last few weeks?
The past few weeks we’ve been blasting out old Motown, Funk, soul. That kind of stuff. The Supremes, Parliament, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5. We’re addicted to it at the moment!
- Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
Well, our new single “Joy Ride” is out everywhere now and your readers will love it so you should definitely check it out. We’re absolutely convinced that it’s the song of the summer. It’s an rnb, funky summer banger. We’ve also got our next song ready for release in a couple of months, and we’re about to head into the studio to record some more songs. So lots more to come, we aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!
Check out Wild Horses latest track, ‘Joy Ride’ below.
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