10 Questions With…The Wind & The Wave

PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Giannukos of El Ojo Photography

PHOTO CREDIT: Greg Giannukos of El Ojo Photography

Today at All The Write Notes, I welcome Dwight Baker and Patricia Lynn, for 10 Questions With… The Wind And The Wave. This Texas duo, who recently signed with RCA Records,  are currently overseas opening for Stereophonics on their arena tour. I recently chatted with Patricia and Dwight while on the road opening for Stereophonics here in North America. Enjoy the interview, and don’t forget to enter our exclusive The Wind And The Wave A.T.W.N. giveaway.

Having only been together since late 2012, let’s get a few housekeeping issues out of the way for the new fans discovering you…

Favorite Album

Patricia: Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism.

Dwight: (Anything) Jeff Buckley

One Book, One Band….

Dwight: Making Rumours: The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album by Ken Caillat

Dwight: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War is a 2006 apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks.

Where did the name “The Wind and The Wave” originate?

Patricia: One of those happy accidents. Which is fitting because we’re kind of a happy accident. We never intended to become a band, it just sort of happened. My boyfriend at the time said something, and I thought he said “The Wind and the Wave” and so I thought it sounded pretty cool so I wrote it down. Then I said, ‘Hey Dwight, what do you think about this. I kind of like it.’ We started using that before we were even a band. Everything that we did together we just called it by “The Wind and The Wave” before we had any intention of being a live band. That’s just what we called it. If we were going to have a party, we were going to call it “A Party by The Wind and The Wave.”

Though it sounds way easier than it is, there’s such a rush and a truth to your words when you have the opportunity to write for the sake of writing. How did the two of you handle both of your voices as you were writing your debut?

Patricia: These songs, collectively, were written probably in a two to three week period.  As a writer, writers block happens and you can’t really control it. Sometimes you do write for writings sake to get things out, to keep yourself writing. But if I don’t have something to say, it doesn’t come out very easily. But it came out really quickly. So I guess I just had to get these stories out. It was really a pretty smooth process.

Having worked together in a production/artist relationship before, was there a moment when the two of you realized there was a band actually being born?

Patricia: We were just a few songs into the record, which we weren’t intending to be a record.  We were three or four songs in and I think we started sending it to close friends in the music industry to get a bit of feedback. Everyone we sent it to was just saying how much they loved it and how natural it sounded. So we were getting some great feedback from people that were close to us really early on, and I think we just knew the music we were making we really believed in, and really loved. At one point we couldn’t really imagine not sharing this with the world, and not sharing it with the world together. It just felt right. It just felt natural.

Sometimes as you discover a new band, or a new book, there’s an energy that simply fills you.  As a musician, what’s that like on stage when you see the crowd’s energy rising and getting into your songs?

Patricia: Absolutely. (laughs) It’s not always easy being the opening act. Kind of a bit of pressure on you to, I don’t know, be the monkey up on stage. “You’re here to entertain us,.” “You’re’ here to warm us up before who we really came to see.”  We played Denver yesterday, and there were these two guys who were smiling the entire time. You could tell they were really getting it, totally enjoying it, and dancing. Dwight was saying all I have to do is find that one person who is getting it, and just get my energy from that one person. You can’t expect as the opening act that everybody is paying attention all the time.

PHOTO CREDIT: GYPSY SUN

PHOTO CREDIT: GYPSY SUN

All of us at ATWN write to music, and find inspiration through the music we listen to. A lot of writers can hear certain songs and be taken back to the specific scenes, or characters, within their books. Do you have specific routine to your writing?

Patricia: I try to go just whenever I feel it. Sometimes with Dwight and I, you’re intending to write, and it doesn’t always happen. But in this case, it was pretty much a song a day. Even when we’re on the road, he’ll be back stage playing guitar and something hits me. I’ll start singing along to it, and you can pretty much tell in the first thirty seconds of kicking it around that you have something there or not. So I usually grab my phone and start recording the tiniest acoustic nothing. I usually will have a melody in mind, and I’ll be able to get the first verse, if not the second, and maybe the chorus down in a matter of minutes, and then we can finish it later. That’s really all we need is just a verse, or chorus or two, and the song can be finished later. I really try to take advantage of those little moments when they happen.

Sheryl Crow, Natalie Maines, Stevie Nicks, and more recently Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable, are all strong and vocal female lead singers. Patricia, do you find inspiration through other female lead vocalists, or just lead singers period?

Patricia: I think it’s okay to divide it like that. It is different. I don’t know what it’s like being a man, but I do know what its like being a woman. It’s definitely different. It’s a man’s world, and there is no denying that. I do draw inspiration from other strong female vocalists and musicians. But I think for the most part I draw inspiration from music that I love, regardless of who is making it. It makes it more inspirational when the people are awesome.

Dwight, you’ve worked with Kelly Clarkson, Blue October, and others as a producer/engineer/songwriter. What has the biggest change been for you changing gears once again and getting back on the road?

Dwight: Mostly missing my family. I got used to being in the studio and being home at night. I have a ten and six year old kid, so it’s definitely been different for me, and an adjustment to try and reach out to them. I had no intentions of going back on the road until this kind of took a life of its own. The biggest change is just being gone from the people that you love. Other than that, it doesn’t actually feel that different to me. As a producer I try to just be an enabler to art and to make good records. We both do the same thing, and make great stuff that we love. We’re always being creative and trying to come up with new stuff.

One of the most powerful tracks on your debut live and on the record is “From The Wreckage Build A Home.” What was the inspiration for that track?

Dwight: I think I had a chord part and a little bit of a melody and then Patricia shoved this incredible set of lyrics into it. It had one meaning I think to her, and took on another meaning for me. But I will say, track wise, its one of my favorites.

Patricia: The beginning of the song is kind of reminiscent of spending some time in California with my boyfriend and his family in a really small town where he grew up. Going to the home on the beach, really windy roads, and kind of painting a picture. Then, sometimes I start off writing a song in my head, but then it evolves and takes on more than one meaning.  The title itself carries the theme of something from nothing, and of new beginnings. I draw from a lot of different areas even in just one song. I don’t try to necessarily wrap it all up in a pretty bow in the chorus or anything, but I just try to create something simple in the chorus. A simple message.

We decided to title the album “From The Wreckage” because we felt like the song title encompassed what we are right now. Something good, coming out of places where we weren’t happy in our lives. And my brother, right after we named the album “From The Wreckage”, was in a horrible car accident and really should have died. He’s alive and doing well, and so that song took on another new meaning because at the beginning of the song I talk about this winding road.

StereophonicsStereophonics are one of the biggest bands in Europe over the past 16 years. What was it like finding out you were going to be opening for them on their first US tour in 5 years, and on their UK arena tour, and how’s it going?

Dwight: It was awesome for me because I’ve been a fan since the 90’s. It’s been awesome being out with them. They’re so good live, that you just see how it’s supposed to be done. They never have an off night. They never sound bad. They never even sound pretty good. They always sound great.  It’s great to see how a real ship runs at that level. It’s been great.

One person you’d like to have a beer with?

Dwight: I don’t really have a ton of heroes in that way. I’ve met so many different people at different levels of fame that some of that luster wore off when I was younger. For me, I’d rather sit down and have a beer with Kurt Vonnegut or another good writer than a particular musician. Maybe, Paul McCartney. I think I’d be blown away if I got to hang with Paul on a real level for a while. That might freak me out. Sometimes for me its better to keep your idols further away so you can keep the illusion.

Last question…What’s next for The Wind And The Wave?

Patricia: We don’t plan on being home much for the year to two years. We plan on being out on the road quite a bit.  We’re also starting to plan for our record release in January or February. There are a lot of exciting things to come, and we’re so excited to share them with everybody.

Thanks for this, and keep spreading the word.

I would like to thank Patricia and Dwight for taking the time to chat with me for All The Write Notes. If you would like to connect with the band, you can check out their website, and you can find them on Facebook, and Twitter.

Now, their album, “From The Wreckage”, isn’t scheduled to be released until early 2014, but we have four copies of it, signed by Patricia, to giveaway. Click here to enter. Good luck. THIS GIVEAWAY IS OVER.

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