Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Seaham artist Lang Wild to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am from Seaham in County Durham! I have lived here for most of my life. I first got into music during my first year of secondary school. A friend of mine started learning the guitar and I felt great envy when he could play the main riff for Smells Like Teen Spirit, so I started learning around then! I took a few lessons and then began teaching myself most nights after school.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Nirvana and The Beatles are the first two bands I remember being introduced to me at home, so I'd say they were my earliest influences. Nowadays they're still very much relevant to me musically, along with a boatload of other great bands and artists, both old and new. With my music being lyrically driven I take influence from various rappers too, Eminem being one. Hobo Johnson is a newer artist who I really like also. I'm always influenced by other local artists too. The North East is a hotbed of musical talent at the minute.
How would you describe your sound?
I'd describe my sound as being very mixed overall. "Indie meets hip hop" is a description I've previously used. My lyrics are usually very introspective and I like to create thought-provoking song concepts, hopefully providing the audience with an intimate listening experience. I've always created music as a form of self-therapy so I feel like I naturally gravitate towards certain subjects when writing.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is a three track E.P entitled 'Head is a Ballroom'. The overall influence behind it is the idea of using music to combat your own negative inner thoughts. It also delves into topics surrounding mental health struggles. The title came from a line in the opening track 'Sad' which says: "head is a ballroom, thoughts are the dancers". I just feel like it captured the vibe perfectly.
What’s your local music scene like?
The local scene in the North East is special. There's so much talent across the genre spectrum that it's unbelievable. I feel like there might be an influx of artists breaking out of here in the coming years. It's great knowing one of the best artists around at the moment in the shape of Sam Fender came from this area and it's definitely encouraging to see the effect it's having on the upcoming talent.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
For the next 12 months I'm planning to do as much as humanly possible. I'm dropping my debut music video for my song 'Driving With Our Eyes Closed' on 10th September. I then feel a studio retreat will be the next step. I've got another E.P written and ready to go, so hopefully I can get that out there early 2020. I then want to do as many gigs and festivals as I can and see where things lead to.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
In terms of funny stories, the main things that spring to mind are times where I've forgotten words and had to recover subtly. The beauty of performing original material is that not everyone has heard it so usually you can get away with messing up now and again!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
My artist name 'Lang Wild' is actually an anagram of my surname 'Dingwall'. Interesting fact right there!