Onward and Upward

Posted on April 13, 2017

Dear Family,

It’s been awhile since we’ve spoken and things have been on a great upswing as of late! Wild Humans produced a sold-out original show titled “At Home” in February. We were able to turn the Tricklock Performance Laboratory into the living room of the Human House for the first time. And based on the feedback we’ve been getting since then: it may not be the last time we take the stage “At Home”.

During February and March we ran a crowdfunding campaign through the website Kickstarter.com. Our goal was to raise $4000.00 through the campaign and to put up the rest of the cost ourselves. Thanks to your generosity, we were able to raise a grand total of $5450 by the end of our campaign! This means more funding to build a project of which you can be proud!

We’ve taken the month of April off to work on fulfilling rewards to our kickstarter backers and to continue making great strides on our first full length studio album: Of Course. We’re spending hundreds of hours in the studio making this recording the right way. It looks like 13+ tracks of goodness are due to be born this summer, and we can’t wait to share them with you!

In other news: We’ve been getting an awful lot of requests to play closer to our friends on the westside of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be performing at the Marble Brewing Westside Taproom from 8-11 on May 13th. As always, expect great music and some special guests!

In June and July we’ll be playing four times at Civic Plaza! We’re pleased as punch to announce that on June 11, 17, 25 and on July 1st, we’ll be opening for the Shakespeare on Civic Plaza Festival. We’ll play an hour before each of those performance dates from 6:30-7:30. Great time to be outside and enjoy the open skies in the land of enchantment!

The next thing after that will be to throw a one of a kind, super incredible release party for our album. More about that later….for now?

Thank you...

...for every hour we get to spend practicing our craft with open eyes and wild hearts ;
...for every night we get to lie awake dreaming up what our lives and art can be ;
...for every day we get to spend in the glistening unknown ;
...for believing.

We believe too.

ALL THE WAY

Posted on March 9, 2017

Look here friends.....We did it!

With just three days to go we now sit at $5,250 pledged by 60 of you! Thank you! If you were here right now, we would kiss you. Not romantically...just...appreciatively. Ooh! And maybe we could hold hands in a circle and jump up in down and sing something like "We're-gonna-make-the-album! We're-gonna-make-the-album!"

With your pledges we can pay for recording time, mixing and mastering, duplication of the physical CD's and licensing and distribution costs for our websites. Everyone who pledged $25 or more will get the CD and a download and a sticker pack. Everyone who pledged $50 or more will get a Wall hang added to the deal. For $100 or more you get the Wild Humans art, colouring and lyrics book, featuring colourable illustrations by incredible local artists adjacent to the lyrics of every song on the album. For $250 or more you'll be getting a personalized song written and performed by Julian Wild. He'll be sending you an email questionnaire to help him write the perfect diddy for you! And finally for our $500 donors, you get to have Wild Humans visit your home and we're bringing dinner! We'll also give you a private concert right then and there. All rewards can be expected in June and July!

You are living proof that making art goes hand in hand with generosity and love. Without you, there is no Wild Humans. And we'll never forget that you were here for us when we needed you most!

Don't forget to join us this Sunday at 3pm at the Canteen Brewhouse in beautiful Albuquerque, NM for our Kickstarter Wrap Party. Bring your friends and family! You'll have a chance right then and there to meet and mingle with the band and to hear some beautiful original music by some of our favorite local artists. Finishing the night, of course, with a live performance by WiHu in the flesh!

With 3 days still left, please share our project with your friends, family and community. If we get to $6000 before our deadline is reached, we will add Wild Humans TSHIRTS as a reward for all supporters $100 or greater and we'll make a downloadable version of our first music video available to all contributors! There's still time to invite your networks or to increase your bid if that appeals to you!

Thank you, again from the bottom of our hearts. We'll see you this Sunday and give you some real live love.

-WiHu

90% We're almost there! 8 More days to give and share!

Posted on March 3, 2017

When we first set out on this crowdfunding adventure, we could never have imagined such overwhelming support for our homegrown brand of original music and performance design. However, as we approach one week remaining in this campaign, only ten percent of our goal remains to stand between us and the funding of our first full-length album, "Of Course."

Thank you.

Without your pledged support, we could never have dreamed of making this beautiful record with our favorite engineer and having our team of designers make some great original artwork to accompany this release. As we turn our efforts toward creating and delivering your rewards, know that we will always be grateful to you for believing in us.

Please continue to share our kickstarter campaign, so that we can grow our campaign as much as possible before attending our kickstarter wrap party on March 12, at the Canteen Brewhouse in beautiful Albuquerque, NM. The more by which we exceed our goal, the more incredible artwork we can share with you! Stay tuned this week as we will announce bonus rewards for you.

Until then,

-WiHu

Kickstarter!

Posted on Feb. 28, 2017

Only 12 days left to reach our kickstarter goal! But we're over 50% funded, and that feels great! We've decided that, for all who give, we will be sending out copies of new singles, music videos and thank you swag throughout 2017. So please continue to mention to your friends, family, acquaintances, neighbors and absolute strangers that this would be a worthwhile way to support an up and coming arts collective looking to do good by building human community. Check back for more updates soon. Thank you for you pledges!

Kickstarter is Live!

Posted on Feb. 17, 2017

WOW!!! Our Kickstarter Campaign is 25% funded, after just 3 days!

Holy crap we love you!!! Thank you so much for your pledged support!!!

When you give to this campaign you're supporting a group of talented designers, performers, engineers and artists all rallied around the common goal of sharing our humanity with you through music and performance. We promise to be completely honest with you through deliberately delicate and inviting works of art. We're not going to make club bangers (unless it's for your personal theme song reward)! We're not going to write a generic pop song that applies to everyone. We're not going to blast you with the impatient imagery and sound waves that seem to dominate our tech-heavy world today.

What we WILL do is take our time and create something truly original. Something that invites you to share in our experience as we all navigate the wonderful gift that is life. For all we know it only happens once. And for supporting us in this venture, we will always remember that you were there for us when we needed you. You can help our dreams come true.

Remember, if we don't exceed our goal by March 12th... neither of us gets anything...

So please show your friends and family this project that you found cool enough to pledge money toward and encourage them to give too! You can share our Kickstarter buy going to this page, and clicking the 'Share' button to the right of the video.

We'll be posting updates this week from the recording studio and preparing for our big show WILD HUMANS AT HOME: A PLAY ON MUSIC at the Tricklock Performance Laboratory on February 25th.

Letter to the Lab

Posted on Jan. 3, 2017

Dear Howard,

I write you, as seems exceedingly apropos, on New Year’s Eve in the year 2016. In this year of my life I have conceived, written and planned a full length album of original songs. These plans I now humbly lay at your feet. A bundle of dreams to be bottled and sold ; captured and shared.

In my life I have produced three full length albums and two shorter length EP’s as a solo artist and a member of the award winning groups King Friday and The Breaktone. With the latter, I won best pop CD at the New Mexico Music Awards in 2010. The following year we played an unofficial showcase at South by Southwest Music Festival on a tour of the western U.S.

Since those days I have fallen in love deeply and lost that love, over half of a decade afterward. I have broken up a band of brothers as our lives grew naturally apart. I have learned a trade and worked a career for three years and realized I was miserable doing anything other than writing, recording and performing music. I have cried for days. I have drank more than I should have. I have learned to see the bright side of depression. I have learned to smile and to love again.

All of this experience has fermented and become the songs that I bring to you now, in this bundle of dreams. I have gleaned enough from our meetings and conversations. I know now that you need to make this record as much as I do. This is how all of the artists involved in this project have found a shared home for our expressions. I am happy to welcome you to our HUMAN family.

No matter what may come from the future, and may it please be WILD success, let it know that we have brazenly set forth. We have taken up the mandate of our creative forces and wielded it like a magically forged weapon against the undying onslaught of life itself.

May it stand like a monument to humanity amidst our long and winding road

Sincerely,

Julian

We Been On That Radio!

Posted on Oct. 27, 2016

What a joy to close out an October with three successful shows a radio appearance thanks to Ear to the Ground on 89.9 KUNM with Matthew Jaeger and a first class journalistic mention, hot off the press from Dukecityfix.com.

We’ve begun planning a campaign where you can help us record and release our first full length album! For information on how to donate or contribute, contact us here!

Also come see a solo acoustic performance by Julian at Tractor Brewing Nob Hill on Nov. 5th from 7-9!

The Mission

Posted on July 1, 2016

I want to collaborate with the world. To reach out and to touch you. I want to hear what your creative ideas are for a band that you want to have in your life and to give you a chance to feel closer to the art you’re experiencing and the artists who make it.

When you come to see Wild Humans Live! on July 8th, you’re going to get a chance to experience art in an intimate, unimpeded environment. You’ll get to sit with a beer from Tractor Brewing Co. in an otherwise quiet room with some other great people and really see and hear poets and performing artists in an engaging new way, while surrounded by gorgeous works of art.

You’ll get a chance to support us through ticket sales, donations and by sharing our works with your family, friends and neighbors. Please also support us with your ideas and your feedback using the contact page. It’s so nice to hear from you.

This go round it’s so nice to welcome the talents of visual artist John Paul Gutierrez and the writings / performances of local legends Ebony Isis Booth, Damien Flores and Gigi Bella. I’m beside myself with joy to have such high caliber artists coming together to create a format unlike anything you’ve seen in your life.

Six Short Weeks

Posted on May 29, 2016

There are many paths for each of us through life, and sometimes we stray from the direction that keeps us most true to ourselves. When we’re well off of that path, we have to wade through the underbrush and our life becomes cramped and convoluted. I have braved and charted that dark and entangled thicket. You’re moving forward, but something just doesn’t feel right.

If you can recognize your misdirection and correct your course, everything starts to feel a little easier. It’s a bit like swimming downstream and feeling your muscles relax as the effort turns to enjoyment. You feel like you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be.

These days I feel surrounded by the right people, doing the right things. My only tether to the ground is the growing weight of organizing, composing and rehearsing for our upcoming live debut on July 8th at the Tricklock Performance Laboratory. As I write, the show is six short weeks away.

The plan is to offer a show in a sit down, intimate space. In order to make the show worth buying a ticket for, we’ve invited gallery artists, performance artists, burlesque performers and a few local businesses to provide beer and other food and beverage choices. We would like to gather 100 audience members to see some of our hometown’s most incredible artists at their peak in one location. So far, it’s working.

With great care and attention, I gather the creators and I try to funnel our combined energies into the hearts and minds of anyone within reach. Let this show serve as a small first step on the right path. May it be light, free and clear.

Introducing

Posted on May 18, 2016

Ever since I committed to start making art professionally, I’ve been searching for a beginning. One romantic moment to signify the start of this grandiose adventure.
The factor obstructing my line of sight is causality, a forest of reasons that any given thing may happen.
Who’s to say why Wild Humans came to be? It grew from a completely random and unique set of circumstances, like a seed from the soil.
The effect, for me, is that I’m stuck in the constant state of introducing this project. First I introduced it to myself, and then to the numerous participants in the form of musicians, designers, artists and business folks. Now I’m introducing it to you and there’s a chance, albeit a small one at this point, that I don’t even know you.
Each song starts as an acoustic version, then turns into a demonstration and then into a practice recording, a show recording and one day will become an album version.
(All streaming for free on the Listen page)

Even the website has many versions, constantly updating. Each sketch of artwork on a napkin, or on the back of a receipt in a taproom somewhere, will continue to update until it’s a logo on a flier or a letterhead.
Always introducing; Having Introduced; Planning to Introduce.
The demo versions of Hearts in Winter and of Sans You are getting good reception.
The solo/acoustic show at Tractor Brewing Taproom Wells Park went off without a hitch. It was an excellent exercise in packing and unpacking all of the sound and stage gear (in my Prius of all places), then running that sound from the stage. All in all, I think it looked and sounded fantastic, which is one of the bullet points in the business plan. The place stayed full and the only struggle was the ambient level conflicting with some of the more delicate moments in the pieces. Lesson learned. Going forward I need to facilitate a better listening environment for patrons, which either involves changing venues or only playing the noisier venues, like taprooms, with a full band. Speaking of which, it’s time to make some more introductions.

I am happy to have Ryan Jarvis (Drums, Percussion and Mandolin), April Ball (Vocals and Piano) and Maren Hatch (Upright Bass) to join me on stage as Wild Humans for the foreseeable future. These fine humans form the group you’ll hear on the practice recordings as we approach our first upcoming Wild Humans Live event. Another introduction to be made later. Welcome to the tribe folks. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning every time we get a new song on its feet at rehearsal.

That’s all for now. Here’s to a lifetime of introductions. -- Julian

Birds on the Runway

Posted on April 9, 2016

Exciting response to the performances and open mics thus far. People seem touched in one manner or another. Mostly positive praise coming through and a little constructive criticism on the side. Please use the contact page or write WildHumansMusic@gmail.com if you'd like to be in touch. It's uplifting and affirming to hear from you.

With the launch of the website and the booking of a featured show at Tractor Wells Park on April 28th, (see the Shows page) it's starting to feel like the tremors of the wings before lift makes its eye-catching debut and you're off the ground whether you like it or not.

The prospect of flight is titillating.

For the near future, performances will be a solo act. However, in recent weeks, a solid foundation for a band has been recruited to bring these song concepts to life. More to come on that very soon!

The song demonstrations will, from now on, be versions with much more than just the guitar and voice. To hear the latest free streaming demonstrations visit the Listen page or click on the Soundcloud link below.

I am grateful for you. Without you there is no we. Let's keep we going.

I like we.

Julian

Ignition

Posted on Jan. 1, 2016

We are all Wild Humans. Animals in our natural habitat. And no matter how hard we try to be above it, dress it up and structure it, we are a wild and naked species in the raw of nature. In the dressing of it, this life, we find such style and grace. In the face of death we dance.

Throughout my life, a tune has lingered in the peripheral of my perception and persisted until it eventually blossoms into song. I have always heard this music, like a vibration on which my soul sits. Only lately have I been able to grab and hold onto this sound. Realizing that my want to share it with the world, with you, is no small desire.

The end result is Wild Humans, a musical recording and performing project dedicated to making honest observations of human expressions and experiences. Whether just one human or as a group, the goal will always be to make accessible, enjoyable and truthful art in the form of audio and video. And then to share that art as widely as possible.

Please listen and share this with your human family.

Use one of the social media links below to listen and follow. The content here will continue to grow and change so check back whenever you'd like another taste. It is with great pleasure and humility that I lay these dreams at your ear.

Julian