Ross Wilson Interview by Roisin Kelleher
LTW’s Roisin Kelleher met up with Ross Wilson of the band WILSON from Slough. He spoke about music, motivation, and hypnotherapy amongst other things! Their debut album now and there is new stuff on the horizon!
Roisin Kelleher: How’s the New Year been going so far?
Ross Wilson: Interesting. Mixed emotions going round. Lots happening in my life. I’ve been doing a lotta dating, and there’s someone on the horizon (smiling). Musically, my brother was back over Christmas and was available. He’s a bit annoying regarding availability usually. We wrote new songs, and we’re developing a style with more identity.
RK: What are your major plans for the year ahead?
RW: Continuing to write. Guitar teaching. My brother finishes uni in the summer and that’s when we’re gonna hit it big time with gigs and promotion. In the meantime, I’m also training to be a hypnotherapist! That’s really good fun, and will hopefully generate more funds for the band.
RK: What do you enjoy most about gigging?
RW: The things I don’t enjoy are packing up and getting all the stuff in the cars, ‘cos we don’t have a roadie. The rest of it is fun! Being with band mates, banter. We all get along really well. The only conflict is between me and my brother and that’s about who’s the more genius musician (laughs). We never take it too seriously or too far. The experience of gigging is an amazing, thrilling feeling.
RK: Does the internet make it harder or easier for you to promote yourself as a band?
RW: Hmmm. Well in theory it should make things easier, but there are a lot of flaky people out there. It makes it easier to kind of get in contact with people but Facebook invites often get disregarded. I think if you really wanna get people to a gig you’ve gotta put more effort into it. The people who actually come to gigs are really up for it. At the end of the day it is about networking and giving people the real live situation.
RK: What inspired the first album?
RW: It’s a very mixed album; there’s a lot of different feelings and emotions in there. There’s a lot of politics in there, but vague, underlying politics, focused around humanitarianism and saving the world – that type of thing. I thought at the time I was gonna save the world with my music! A lot of the stuff came from my developing madness – ‘Species Like Slaves’ – I was a raving vegan. There are a lot of love songs in there about relationships which – well they all didn’t work out basically. ‘Don’t Fade’ is about my dad; he had polio, making one of his legs a lot weaker and limiting how he could get around. He went through a really bad time. The song’s about how life’s still worth living if you say positive. There’s a lot of different inspiration on that album.
RK: How has your music changed since?
RW: I think it’s gotten heavier and more progressive, with new time signatures and mixing. There are more elements and rhythmical feelings. That’s what makes the music unique, more so than the melody. In so many melodies, you can hear resemblances to other songs, but you can do more with rhythm, and make it exciting. We’re still melodic though. And harmonic – we use a lot of harmonies.
RK: How successful would you like to be?
RW: Foo Fighters are pretty much my idols – in terms of Dave Grohl himself as a person, and how he managed to deal with the fallout from Nirvana and everything and carry on making music. The antithesis of success for me would be the whole Kurt Cobain thing – getting to the top and then falling apart and blowing your head apart. I’d really like to hit a big stage of success, with loads of fans and stuff, whilst maintaining a down-to-earthiness about who we are and what we’re doing. We enjoy the music, we enjoy being around each other, and we enjoy playing together, and having space for relationships and things like that – so kinda a balance – rather than doing every single gig we’re ever offered and tryna get bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger.
RK: If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
RW: I already have all of them (laughs). Flying’s always a good one. I’d like the ability to have desires and wishes fulfilled… like… I wish that pigeon would magically explode, without feeling any pain (first thing he thought of as he saw a pigeon pass by). Instant success – play Wembley right now! That’d be good.
Interview by Roisin Kelleher. More writing by Roisin on Louder Than War can be found here.