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A Dirty Dozen with MATT CONNOLLY from WILMAH – October 2021

| 31 October 2021 | Reply

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According to a recent press release: “Pulling inspiration from multiple genres and experimenting with sound in a way that is still distinctly Wilmah, Matt Connolly (vocal/guitar) and Will O’Connor (bass) are constantly pushing boundaries in their sound and vision to rewrite what an alt-pop band can be. Infusing the brutal honesty of their lyrics with fun as a means of uplifting listeners, Wilmah are currently collaborating with multi-hyphenate producer Sachi (Joy Again, Wallows) and use their unique approach to songwriting and production to find the meaning in everything and understand their relationship with the world. Growing up in Buffalo, NY where they made music together in their bedrooms before cutting their teeth playing together, Wilmah relocated to New York City and quickly became music scene staples, playing stalwart venues such as The Mercury Lounge alongside artists like Spencer Ludwig, Maris, and more. With the pandemic putting live shows on hold, Wilmah took advantage of the forced break and used it as an opportunity to write music and grow. Now, they’re ready to show the world what they have been working on: songs that embody Wilmah and are introspective, genre-bending, heavy in lyricism, but buoyant in sound.” We get Matt to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your single “Television.” What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

“Television” is about romanticizing the past, specifically the times you’ve had with someone romantically, and longing for something that was never really there. A cool little Easter egg in the mix is you can very faintly hear a Mario coin sound effect when I sing the line, “I keep flipping coins inside my mind.”

2. What got you into music? Can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I remember I was 5 or 6 years old, and I was watching my cousin play his guitar. I told my mom I wanted to do that and the rest is history.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

My parents always had music playing around the house and in the car when I was growing up. I loved Dave Matthews growing, and still do.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Matty Healy, Father John Misty, Morrisey, and The Strokes. That’s what they are currently… subject to change.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

We’ve always wanted to do a song with Mallrat. I think we could make something incredible together.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I hate being told we remind someone of Maroon 5. No hate… “Sunday Morning” is a banger… but we aren’t like Maroon 5. I would say we teeter on the line of alternative and pop with existential lyrics.

7. When you’re hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Will would be a lot more likely to cook than me haha. We both certainly get the drinks in. If you’re lucky, we’ll sing Brown Eyed Girl for you late into the night.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I saw Noah Centineo in Greenwich Village.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

I love being able to process my thoughts and feelings in a productive way through music. If I couldn’t be a musician though, I would probably work with special needs people in some capacity.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Sometimes I get tired of explaining the meaning of my songs because I want people to do their own interpreting, but then again, I feel happy to explain and express what I was going through when I was writing. I love hearing my own favorite artists do so, so I understand. I wish people would ask me more questions unrelated to music! I’m ready to give hot takes!

11. Looking back over your career so far, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Honestly, no. It’s extremely easy to get discouraged, but I think it’s important to remember it’s an ever-changing process.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I think seeing a lot of the Beatles records come together would be very cool. (No pun intended) They revolutionized the recording process.

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