Written by: Makaela Bamonti

For most electronically driven artists, listeners don’t fully discern where the influence of the music is coming from. Because of the lack of lyrics and emotions that come forth from songs driven mostly by words, audiences tend to just simply listen, feel, and dance to the beats and the rhythm. But Willdabeast, a horn-driven electronically based soul-infused collaboration consisting of Will Glazer on drums, bass, keys, and vocals & Dan de Lisle on flute, trombone, guitar, and synths, from Bellingham, WA, have been taking on the Washington music scene, signing with Super Best Records, created by Michal Menert, and arranging their many layers of drums, bass, horns, hip-hop and R&B to tell a different story.“This EP ‘Life Worth Living’ is a bit more sad, dark and heavier than our last album ‘Stay The Course’ because, well, I was unable to stay the course of my life how I intended to.” Glazier vulnerably stated. “So this album is kind of written from a sorrowful and pessimistic perspective like, is this life worth living? The answer is yes, but it’s not always so clear… Dealing with hardship, heartbreak, and tribulations – as everyone does – we need to see and understand where and why this life is worth living. The song titles are pretty much right on that vibe too, each song is very thought-out and more or less trying to tell a story, provoke an emotion, or connect through thoughtful composition.”

From the outside, the life of DJ’s look like it’s all parties, good-vibes, and ultimately the funnest dream to have. But on the inside, us listeners forget to recognize that the music we hear comes from a deep place and while it’s fun and energetic as we perceive it, the meaning behind it can be far from what it makes us feel.

“I always hope listeners can find meaning in the music, although I don’t ever really expect it to be the same meaning that I find.” De Lisle said. “It’s cool when an audience finds meaning in a piece beyond what the artist intended – I have always felt that once something is released for consumption that it should belong to the people and not just the person who made it. Giving a song your own meaning or personal attachment can make it yours in ways an artist never could.”

The first song on the EP, “Same Stardust” is intended to get across to listeners that we’re all the same and that we all come from the same place, and are all part of one universe ultimately, so why not try our best to see past our differences and learn to live better, together.  “This is something I struggle with, I truly consider myself a realist, so most of these songs and the album is ultimately sounding optimistic, but it’s also my struggle in trying to remain positive.” Glazier admitted. “This probably being my biggest flaw (being hyper critical and ‘realistic’), but also a big part of my life and part of the reason I’ve been so driven and passionate.”

Then comes “Suspension of Disbelief” –  The term Suspension Of Disbelief, or willing suspension of disbelief, has been defined as a ‘willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe the unbelievable; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment.’ “The lyrics in this track were once part of a larger poem I wrote, but I chopped it down and cut it up to make it sound a little more edgy.” said Glazier.

What You Talkin’ Bout hits hard on the third track, releasing an abundance of emotion from anger and resentment, to sadness and finally, understanding. “I never know what’s about to come out of my head and into the computer, but sometimes it’s these wild hip-hop anthems and I just roll with it.” Glazier said. “I love hip-hop – I grew up in New York so I spent a lot of time with groups like Nas, early Jay-Z, Wu Tang, ATCQ, Notorious, Outkast, Big L, Gangstarr, Talib Kweli, Beastie Boys… But I’m also super into other artists we’ve played with that have some fat beats like Menert, Break Science, Exmag, Cobramaya, Gibbz… I just love movin’ my head and it feels good to try and pay homage to them in some way or another.”

Nice Price features Chris Washington (Knuckleheadbanga) on vocals creating an R&B, hip-hop style. “We love to feature friends and skilled artists in our music, but I admit that something feels really, really good about making a song where every sound is something you made or recorded yourself.” De Lisle said. “Most of the vocals are Will except the KnuckleheadBanga feature here.” This song discusses the struggle of trying to make it as a musician where money runs a lot of the game and where lower-tier artist’s don’t seem as valued in the industry.

The last song on the EP, ‘Nows The Time’, focuses on the energy of getting shit done, making shit happen. It’s got this throw-back, old school 90’s vibe to it. “I feel like focusing on the here and now is important but it’s all gotta start somewhere and now is the time to start planning and building a future.” Glazier said.

“There was a lot of inspiration we took from everywhere on this album.” De Lisle said. “Everything from 90s/2000’s hip-hop, to friends of ours like Michal Menert and Russ Liquid, lots of popular electronic artists, from Herobust to CloZee, even modern pop has had an effect on our sound.”

At the end of the day, musicians are just trying to give back to the audiences what they give to them – the gift to be able to express their real-life struggles through their music. “We felt it was important to show people some more of our versatility, in hopes of continuing to grow our audience, live performances and self fulfillment.” Glazier said.

If you are in the Pacific Northwest in the next few months, go check Willdabeast play with Moon Hooch (4/1) and Marty Party (5/13) both in Seattle at Nectar Lounge, and with Phutureprimitive (5/20) in Bellingham. Willdabeast will be quietly and patiently waiting for their next chance to ‘wow’ people. Stay tuned for the rest of their chapters to their musical book of self-expression through beats.