This summer has seen newcomers Mosa Wild on a rollercoaster of ‘exciting things’, including a spot at Dork’s Old Blue Last residency Etc., the release of their debut EP ‘Talking In Circles’, and support slots with Tame Impala. They’ve had a lot going on, and it doesn’t stop there – the boys are about to headline London’s Omeara (on 18th September), and head out on tour with Glassnote label-mate Jade Bird throughout November. Jim, Charlie, Alex and Ed introduce themselves.
Tell us about your band, how did you guys meet and form the group?
Ed: Jim and Alex have been BFFs since meeting at school in Ashford. Once they started making music together, they ventured out of Kent and bumped into myself and Charlie when we were on the same bill at club nights in London. We locked eyes, gave each other a silent nod and have all been working together ever since.
Do you remember the first song you wrote together? Is it still one you play? How have you developed since then?
Jim: The majority of ‘Tides’ was written at the very beginning, and it’s been a part of live shows from day one.
When did you first realise you wanted to make music? Did you have a musical upbringing?
Charlie: I think we all have families that are passionate about music in various ways and grew up listening to great records. Naturally, we all ended finding our way into bands and songwriting from there.
What’s your favourite thing about being a musician?
Alex: Having no money, all of the time.
What would you most like to achieve during your music career?
Ed: Just having a career in music is a pretty big deal and we’re all very happy to be doing what we’re doing. Having music out in the world that means something to people is what we’re aiming for, and if we get to see some of the world and play some great shows along the way that will suit us pretty well.
What are you guys working on at the mo?
Charlie: We are heading back into the studio to record some new material that we’re all excited about! That and putting on the best live show possible. Just getting back off some dates with Tame Impala has shown us how far the production of a live show can go.
What’s your new EP ‘Talking In Circles’ about?
Jim: At its core, ‘Talking In Circles’ is based on relationships and stuff that we’ve been through as a band and as individuals.
Was it a long time in the works? What’s your songwriting process like?
Jim: At the moment, the songwriting process feels like a very fluid thing. It often starts with me recording a demo at home or showing the guys a rough sketch of a song. And then everyone has a go at adding or subtracting things. The recording process itself didn’t take a long time, it was actually pretty painless.
What else have you guys got coming up? There are support slots with both Jade Bird and Tame Impala, right?
Ed: We played a couple of shows supporting Tame Impala a few weeks ago, which was pretty amazing. We’re all fans of the band, and it was great to see them putting on a show in a big space, very inspiring. In November we start touring around the UK with Jade Bird which we’re all stoked about. We first played on the bill with Jade a couple of years ago at Latitude, and she puts on a great show. We also have our own headline show on 18th September at Omeara, one of our favourite venues.
Who do you think is the most exciting band or musician around currently?
Charlie: Aldous Harding has just put an album out that I think it’s pretty amazing. Some of the sounds and textures on that album are just beaut.
Anything else we should know?
Charlie: Tickets to our Omeara show will make a great birthday present for your best pals.
Taken from the September issue of Dork, out now.