Imagine if Jack Kerouac and James Dean went on a road trip, made a pit stop in Brooklyn for whiskey and apple pie, and took turns picking up hipsters at the bar. This is the world as seen through the eyes of Wilder Daze, one of the most exciting new artists of the year.
“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.” - Jack Kerouac (On the Road)
Born in Virginia in the 90s, Wilder grew up accustomed to living life somewhat wild and free, uninhibited by normal rules or restrictions, having been raised in both Brazil, where his mother was raised, and the United States. His somewhat turbulent youth was defined by his travels, by the fact that he never seemed to stay in the same place for very long. This inspired his artistic perspective, because being a child of the road, Wilder was allowed to pick up cultural influences from two very dynamic places. This also shaped his dreams of being a performer, and living life on the edge.
“I remember that I knew when I was really young, like 7 or 8, that I wanted to be in show business. I’ve only ever really loved to write and sing and perform. It’s the only thing that I’ve always done, and that I can see myself doing happily for the rest of my life.”
His earliest influences were artists that still inspire his sonic signature today. Icons like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and many other Classic American legends are at the core of Wilder’s sound, however many have labeled him the “male counterpart to Lana del Rey,” as they’ve seen similarities in his achingly romantic lyrics and brooding performance style. Wilder is a romantic by every definition of the word.
“Romance is the ultimate thing to live for. When you can get lost in that heavenly and exciting feeling, you can do anything. A romantic evening for me would be drinking a bottle of wine underneath the eiffel tower sharing ideas and music with someone; good conversation about life and dreams and the past, and being spontaneous and in the moment. The ideal lover makes you want to feel fearless, take risks, do something crazy.”
Though Wilder always knew that being a writer/performer was his ultimate dream, he lost his way a few times.
“I truly did lose touch with who I was and who I wanted to be and what my drive was in all of my teenage years, because I think was so insecure, so self-doubting, and had all these people telling me to be all these things, it was confusing. Once I realized that writing and singing was what I really loved, I felt more and more like rebelling against how people saw me, against my nature. I felt like I could understand where James Dean was coming from, and felt drawn to Jack Kerouac and his sense of freedom, his obsession with his life story and seeing all the beauty in that, finding his own life so interesting. I’ve been writing about my life since I was 10 years old. There is beauty in the personal.”
Wilder is currently working hard on his first full-length record. Last March, he released his debut single Sad by Nature, which was a viral hit and effectively announced his arrival to the Indie music world, followed by second single, Roseboy. The full album is expected in 2016, produced in collaboration with Lynn Verlayne Studio, as well as several in-demand hit songwriters like Phil Bentley (Tiesto, Christina Aguilera) and Aimee Proal (Kelly Clarkson, Joe Cocker). He will also be unveiling tour dates during the fall to promote the upcoming release.
The world of Wilder is filled with romance, beauty, and uncompromising passion, and his journey has only begun.
Welcome to the Wilderness.