A Wild Young Filly & a Guitar Full of Fury
Interview by Sally A. Schwartz
On the 14th of July 2013, I had an opportunity to meet up with Ms. Laura Wilde at Phoenix’s Celebrity Theater. Little did I know that I was going to get the chance to start off a brilliant interview with the Ninja Turtle handshake (something I hadn’t done since my boys were little) with a wild a young filly that can pack a punch with a guitar full of fury!
Laura and I got underway with the interview after our initial meet and greet. This is what Laura and I shared.
SS: Tell me a little about yourself. When did you pick up your first guitar?
LW: I actually picked up my first guitar …well my mom always tells me this story of how she bought my brother a push button Guitar for his second birthday. I was just a tiny baby. I couldn’t walk or talk really and I just grabbed the guitar and hugged it. That guitar was my Teddy for years. I guess I would just keep pressing the buttons annoying everyone until eventually the batteries vanished and it wouldn’t work anymore.
SS: (With laughter shared between us) Um did you ever think that mom might have taken them out?
LW: (Laughing) It took me years to figure it out but it was just broken one day.
SS: I bet your brother was rather upset you took his toy?
LW: (smiling) He had his Ninja Turtles so he was good.
SS: Who were your biggest influences growing up?
LW: My first real influence was Lenny Kravitz. I saw the “Are You Gonna Go My Way” video when I was three. I just remember him being up on stage rocking out and everyone else in the audience going nuts just having a fun time, and I just wanted to get out there and do the same.
SS: Now you moved to LA from Melbourne, Australia when you 19. What brought you to the U.S.?
LB: Well my dad had worked at a firm that was based out of New York. So I had been to New York and LA a bunch of times while growing up. I had always loved the USA, so when I was 19 my manager in Australia, had set me up with some meeting in Los Angeles with some industry people. They basically said that if I was going to give it a good shot,that I was going to have to move over permanently… so here I am.
SS: So then are your parents and brother still in Australia?
LW: My parents live in Los Angeles and the rest of my family is back in Australia. It’s a direct flight only 15 hours so it’s not bad. You get use to it when you’re from Australia and the distance is ways down there. It’s pretty much on the other side of the globe.
SS: If my recollection is correct when your outside of the major cities its’ pretty much like here brush and dessert terrain.
LW: Yeah, there is quite a lot of brush and desert and the like, but the cities are really worth checking out so if you can ever get over to Australia I just you check them out. You know American’s really love Australia and Australians really like the America so it’s a really good switch-a- roo for the both of us.
SS: Last year you toured in support of your debut album, “ Sold My Soul” That was your very first album so tell me what was the inspiration for that Album?
LB: Well “Sold My Soul” the title… I wrote that in the euphoric state that I was in after moving to the U.S.A. and finding out that I had the opportunity to go out on tour. I was very happy about that. The album was recorded over a four year span. The first track was done when I was about 18 in Melbourne, Australia. Soul my Soul was done when I was living in Los Angeles. It is just a mix of influences over the years and I have really grown in that time of that album being released. I am very proud of it and you will be hearing some of the songs tonight at the show.
SS: Awesome! I look forward to it. After I have had the opportunity to listen to your music I’m really excited because your music is really high energy and just high octane all the way. I really love your music, so I’m definitely looking forward to it.
LW: Oh good. Thank You. That is what I/we like to do. Right now I am just full of energy ready to bounce of the walls. I can’t wait for tonight’s show. (We both laughed at this as I know what it’s like.)
SS: I totally get it. I know that I’m like that when I do an interview or shoot a show…
LW: (laughs) Yeah it’s like you have center, to do Yoga…find your spiritual happy place or something so you can focus.
SS: (Laughing) Yeah, exactly! It’s like that for us, well for me anyway when I’m doing photography especially when shooting bands and their shows and stuff. We just kind of get sucked into that energy. It’s like that Ninja Turtle spaz thing you know?
LW: (Laughing) Do you know the Ninja Turtle handshake by the way?
SS: Yeah it goes like this doesn’t it?
LW: (At this point we both are laughing) well that’s different…here it goes like this…
SS: (continuing to laugh) Oh man it’s been like forever… I haven’t done this since my boy’s were little.
LW: Oh really how old?
SS: Ah their 29 & 28 years old.
LW: So they grew up in the same era. I’m 23 so then their familiar with this then.
SS: Oh yeah and they grew up with Star Wars over Star Trek and we use to alternate the use of imagination when I took them out to play. Sometimes Star Trek sometimes Star Wars. They even had Ninja Turtle Costumes that I made them for Halloween…
LW: That’s so cool. You sound like you were a cool mom.
SS: I hope they thought that…anyway…getting back on track of things… You toured with Ted Nuggent last year in support of “Sold my Soul”. How did you meet him?
LW: Well actually it’s an interesting story. The lady who was doing my publicity for “Sold My Soul”, she coincidently Ted’s first Publicist when he broke out. So she got to know me and how I perform so after awhile she was like, “Hey…you would be a good match for touring with Ted Nuggent believe it or not.” So she put the feelers out and put out a good word. Then one day I got the call saying I would be going out on tour with Ted Nuggent. So you could imagine what happened next. It was like I exploded and hit the roof! I was so excited.
SS: Traveling with such an Icon, what has that been like for you? Has he been a great mentor what kind of experience has that been like for you?
LW: Oh he has been an amazing mentor. Just everything from his playing, immolating his showmanship, just everything about his live show is flawless, phenomenal, captivating, I honestly can’t think of anyone else whom I could learn from then Ted Nuggent.
SS: You know I have had the privilege catching him a few of his interviews and to know that he is very business focused when it comes to handling his band and his tours, it really was something special to learn about him…and you have such a great mentor who is willing to take you under his wing to show you the ropes parse.
LW: Oh Yeah! I feel real lucky to be part of it all and he puts his whole heart into it all. He is very passionate about his music and its’ just been really great.
SS: Have you shared the stage with him yet? Has you brought you up with him yet?
LW: No, no not yet. Hopefully I’ll get to do that with him on this tour! That would be great if he did. Maybe I should put a bug in his ear.
SS: Why would you want to do that?
LW: What’s that?
SS: Put a bug in his ear…you want to share the stage…somehow putting a bug in ones ear would accrue the opposite…(laughing)
LW: (Laughing) Oh I get it.
SS: Seriously but how cool would that be!
LW: It would be awesome…
SS: What was your initial reaction when you were contacted to do a second tour with him…this time around?
LW: Well I actually just called up his manager to thank him for last year and to let him know how much fun we had. He said, “Well if you had so much fun you should come out again!” I was like, “Yeah! That would be great!” So here we are!
SS: Well that is awesome! I hear that you’re getting ready to head back into the studio later this year. I hear that there are plans to write with Geezer Butler, the bassist and song writer from Black Sabbath. This is really exciting for you how did that come about?
LW: Well his wife Gloria is actually my manager. So when we both get off of our perspective tours we hopefully will get something in line and get under way. Yeah he might even produce a track or two.
SS: How exciting! So with this upcoming album have you already started writing?
LW: Basically, I have just continued writing. I haven’t really stopped the process since “Sold My Soul”. Writing for me is really a creative outlet so I really just write all the time. We have generated rather a large pool of material to choose from so hopefully it will be like get off the tour and head to the studio, record and have an album soon after.
SS: Will Butler be playing or are you hoping that Butler will play with on this album?
LW: Of course I hope so. One can only hope that that might be the case anyway.
SS: What can we look forward to from this new album vs. Sold My Soul?
LW: Well I think that my older influences will shine through a lot more on this next record. So my more Blues guitar style as well as a lot of the Punk stuff, as well as that Glam will really come through during the production and the song structure in this next record.
SS: So where do you see yourself down the road say five, ten, twenty years from now?
LW: Ooo, that’s a good one. Hopefully I will be looking back on my life with warmth and mirth and continuing to do what I love. Otherwise I am going to be horribly twist and in a cave somewhere. (we shared laughter). I’ll get back to you in 20 years and let you know. (she said with a broad smile.)
SS: What strides do you feel you have made from when you first came onto the music scene to now?
LW: Well you know it’s all a matter of taking little baby steps really. Then putting out small building blocks and then it builds a little bit bigger. Then being able to look back and reflect on and be proud of. You know when you record your first song; it’s just one of the milestones. Then when you have your first jam with a band that’s another one, the first tour was unbelievable. It was really great and then last year at one of the shows Ted had announced, “Hey this Aussie wench can really play the guitar.” So yeah, it’s the little things like that that make you feel as if you finally have been able to make really huge strides.
SS: You know I sat down and really watched some of your videos a few of you are you just sitting down playing your guitar. You seem to enter like that Zen moment where its’ just you and your guitar. People need to watch these. Your 23 and your playing is just phenomenal! I really couldn’t believe it! Your really good and your talent is unbelievable.
LW: Well thank you. That really means a lot to me. You know getting to play live is really my passion life and it really is a privilege to be able to do that every night. With that being said, I also make this really ugly beaver face when I play guitar solos. So I’m sure you’ll get a few photos of me going…. I’m surprised that I hadn’t seen one of those stitched photos you know like a double exposure with my face then a beaver’s face making that beaver face. (laughing)
SS: It’s a good thing your guitar isn’t custom made into that of an Acorn! (Laughter just busted out of both of us)
LW: Yeah I know right?!!! Then you’ll know what that’s all about! (laughing & joking) The Laura Acorn Guitar…
SS: OMG! Could you see it? You picking it up and start playing it with your teeth!
LW: (Laughing) Yeah like I’m gnawing on it! Oh that’s too funny!
SS: I just asked you what you felt you have accomplished thus far. What do you want to accomplish in the next year?
LW: To really just get into the studio and cut my next record. Move on to another tour and keep building and building slowly,then eventually headlining my own show.
SS: If there was just one thing you could share with new and old fans what would that be?
LW: That I really put my heart and soul into my music and live performance. I really try to make it a high energy show and I really like to have fun with the audience. I really want it to make it a great event for everyone.
SS: How would you sum up your life in one word?
SS: That’s it!!! (kidding)
LW: (Laughing) Actually that could…actually I would say adventurous. It’s that crazy rock n roll adventure that my early obsession with guitars that it has lead me on. I’m very happy…yes.
SS: We’re coming to the end of our interview so let me ask you if there is anything that you would like to add or that I may have missed in not asking you that we might have not shared here today?
LW: Umm, no. I think we did really well. I do want to say that I hope that everyone will have a great time at the show and come to see us if you’re in the same city we would love to see you.
SS: Just one more quick question if you wouldn’t mind. I know that you’re focusing your career here in America, have you had the chance to take the tour home?
LW: You know no I haven’t. I would love to tour Australia. I would love to tour Europe. I would just love touring so when we can go…I would love to.
SS: You know it would be that crowning moment for you to be able to stand up on that stage back home in front of your countryman.
LW: Oh yeah that would be pretty intense. That would be a moment to remember for sure.
SS: Well Laura this closes the interview. Thank You so much for taking the time with us. We know you’re busy so it is greatly appreciated. It’s been a real pleasure meeting you and speaking with you for DaBelly.com. We really look forward to the show and catching you at your Meet & Greet afterward with your fans!
LW: It’s been a pleasure. Thank you for coming down and I hope you enjoy the show!