Laura Wilde will be performing at the House of Blues Orlando in Downtown Disney on August 19, 2013. Laura is currently the opening support for Ted Nugent. Doors are scheduled to open at 7:30 p.m. with the show at 8:30 p.m. Advance tickets are still currently available for $25.50 and are $28.50 on the day of the show.
Laura Wilde is a young 23 year old Australian that has a passion and love for rock and the blues. In the past, she has worked as a presenter on Beat TV and was in the house band on Australia’s Got Talent. She has opened for Fuel, Shinedown, Ted Nugent, and performed a private performance for the Saudi Arabian royal family.
Laura will be presented with the “Best New Female Artist” at the upcoming Vegas Rocks! Magazine Music Awards on August 25, 2013, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Interview with Laura Wilde:
It’s been almost a year since you last performed at the House of Blues Orlando. How do you feel you have grown musically since then?
I’ve pretty much been writing like crazy and hoping to release another record and get back to the studio after this tour. We’ve put a few new songs into this set that you will notice. I’ve been experimenting with different vocal techniques and have been trying to use my classical training.
Do you ever change up your playing style from show to show?
Depends if I’m feeling a bit adventurous or if I am sticking to the main formula but I like to stick to the show to make it the same experience
There are not a lot of females that headline a rock and roll band these days and you having been rising to the top. You’ve been compared to Joan Jett and Lita Ford. Do you have any fear of that and any challenges you feel you need to meet?
I think those comparisons are very humbling and it’s nice to live up to a high standard being compared to artists like that.
You once worked at a guitar store. How do you think that gives you an advantage as an artist?
Yes, for like ten years. I learned about the technical sides of guitars and all of the different woods and how they are made and repaired. It gives you a whole different angle of experience with the instrument which I find so educational and am so glad I had that experience working there.
It’s been a year and a half since you released Sold My Soul. What did you wish to accomplish with that release?
I like to provide the listener with an emotional connection to the song and take them on a journey that I went through when I was writing that. It was released in January of 2012 and it was recorded over a four year span. The first song was recorded in the summer of 2008 and the last one was recorded in September of 2011. In that time, my influences changed so you’ll notice that some songs have different sounds and lyrical content. So it’s just a mixed bag of my feelings of growing up.
You get to see a lot of the U.S. while on tour. Is there any other state you feel you could live in besides the one you live in now?
I found that in every city and state have very beautiful and unique qualities and they all have a very special place in my heart but I especially love Portland, Maine, because it reminds me of where I grew up in Australia.
When a tour ends what do you end up doing?
It depends on what is on the agenda. I usually go home to Cali for a few days or if I am lucky I get to go back home to Australia.
You moved here from Australia when you were 19 years old. What helped you determine you were going to pack up your stuff and move to the United States?
Nothing can prepare you emotionally to leave behind your family and friends. But I guess my passion for music really gave me that extra push and was really excited to see how that would turn out and I’ve been really happy so far how everything has turned out.
During meet and greets you run across a lot of fans. How does that make you feel when running across a very emotional fan?
They mean the world to me and I’m so grateful they are sharing their passion through music and just having a great time. I’m very excited to always meet them as well.
So what’s next?
We are planning to do our sophomore record sometime after the end of this tour. Then hopefully we will release it soon so we can share it with everybody and hopefully go back on tour and do it all over again.
Who: Laura Wilde
When: August 19, 2013, with show at 8:30 p.m.
Headliner: Ted Nugent
Tickets: $25.50 in advance and $28.50 on the day of the show