TMG is pleased to present another introspective artist interview, this time with the rock garage duo from Oakland, California, Dylan Fox And The Wave!
Dylan Fox And The Wave is a drum guitar and vocal garage rock duo, with surf, and punk influences. The band consists of brothers Dylan 23 and Sean Fox 25. Shows are loud and always aim to create something interesting, often opting out of set lists. Being spontaneous and having fun are the only rules.
Having played music in bands together for years. Brothers Dylan and Sean Fox met in Late 2010, to form Dylan Fox And The Wave. The bands first ep “FUZZ” was recorded in Dylans Oakland basement, as well as friends garages and was released December 27th to positive reviews. The band continued to play shows and in February 2011, went in Different Fur Studios with Patrick Brown (The Morning benders. Toro Y Moi). The result was “Tunnel Vision”. It was recorded and mastered in 2 days and the single Junk came with great reviews. However, the band, after a few more shows, decided too take a break for the rest of 2011.Work resumed toward the beginning of 2012, with the release of a new single “WILD CHILD”. The single showed more texture and quickly became a fan favorite. After playing shows in San Diego, SF, and In between, the band released a new free ep called “Moving On Instinct”. The ep has been great for the band, who continue to play shows and write for a full length out in winter 2012. With shows and tours planned through the year, the band hopes to keep doing what they do and keep it fun.
*NOW FOR OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW DYLAN FOX AND THE WAVE*
What’s your bands name? Where’d the name come from?
Our bands name is Dylan Fox And The Wave. We always struggled to keep a name so at one point I figured I’d just use my name and stick to that. My name is Dylan James Fox which made that part easy. We played a show way back when where Sean was being referred to as “The Wave”. We took that for the band so “The Wave” could represent any number of people that may be playing. Sean is the only permanent member of “The Wave”
The Yellow Collar Collective is all about the daily grind musicians go through to perfect their craft, what has been your biggest struggle and accomplishment as a musician?
The biggest struggle is bringing people out to shows. It’s hard for a band coming up. We are proud of the amount of material we have been able to release since we started this band in 2010. We had “Fuzz” in December 2010, Tunnel Vision 2011, Moving on Instinct 2012. We released some singles after that and made music with our friends. Now June 16th 2015 we have “Chasing Shadows”.
What other instruments can you and your fellow band members play?
Sean Drums on the records and Dylan records any other instruments. For this album we had a friend play bass so we could cut the basic tracking live.
Why’d you start making music and why specifically did you choose your genre?
I began loving music at a young age. It felt like something I was always drawn to. I like live feeling records, where you feel like you’re in the room. Also, I enjoy music that has a certain raw vibe to it. I love records to be a little rough around the edges. That feels real to me when I hear it. And I don’t mean rough as in their playing, I mean the production didn’t take away from the vibe.
Do you have any memorable musical experiences that have shaped who you guys are?
Playing shows and struggling to maintain a full line up shaped this band. It became the two of us. For our show at Mason Social we will be playing to piece. For our show July 10th a Hotel Utah we will do the full band thing. It’s cool to experience the songs in different ways like that. It keeps it more interesting. At least for the band.
Have you ever released any albums or are working on any now? Any special projects?
We just put out an album June 16th called Chasing Shadows. It’s 10 songs. I produced it and we cut the basic tracks live. We are releasing 2 more this year. Each 10 songs. One in September and one in November. You can find out albums on iTunes, Spotify, etc. most online retailers. Prior to that we have released 3 eps and a bunch of singles.
Do you collaborate with other artists? Inside and outside your genre?
I produce tracks for my friends regularly and collaborate with them. I have a place in Joshua Tree right now that I’m using to record as many friends projects and mine as possible. It’s important to try new ideas and experiment. For this band though we stick to the formula of playing songs I wrote and Sean and I working out them into Dylan fox and the wave songs.
What venues and events have you performed at in the past five years? Which has been your favorite?
We have played all over SF. Slims, Bottom Of The Hill, Milk bar, Mason Social, Boom Boom Room, Neck Of The Woods, El Rio, The Knockout, Connecticut Yankee. Outside of there, The Uptown, a few places in SD and LA. We tour the west coast a bit.
How do you acquire shows and promote yourself? Do you have any recommendations for other artists?
It’s tough. I think the best thing to do is start small and grow. Form relationships with bands and bookers. Going to shows and meeting people is a good way to get involved with bands playing shows. We try to play places we have enjoyed and we really just reach out and tell them what we are about. We have done a lot of opening slots and that’s cool.
Do you have any mottos?
Keep on rocking in the free world
What artists inspire you?
Anton Newcombe (the Brian Jonestown massacre) , Jack White. Ty Segall, Bob Dylan, The Ramones.
What’s next for your band?
Shows, shows and more shows. Promoting the new album. Releasing more albums.
What do you do when you’re not listening to or making music?
We watch or play basketball.
What’s your favorite song right now?
Right now my favorite song is The Warlocks – The Dope Feels Good
Thank you to Dylan Fox And The Wave for taking their time to do this interview for all of us!