Big Wild is a tall, surfer-boy-looking producer from Massachusetts (represent), now working out of California. In 2015 he caught the attention of producers Odesza, who he then went on tour with. Later, a few of his tracks appeared with Odesza’s label, Foreign Family Collective.
So many of the artists at the electronic music stage were great DJ’s and had great sets, but Big Wild had some of the best original tracks out of any of the artists that we saw at that particular stage. He has also produced some of my favorite remixes, but as a producer, you should be able to start off creating great tracks, and then more on to changing up other people’s work. You can’t be a good editor if you can’t write. The thing is, his original tracks are just as strong as his remixes.
Big Wild not only incorporated his live production into the set, but also utilized live percussion like a few others shows that weekend had. Between those two things and only having one body on stage, that is quite a few balls to be juggling, and he did absolutely remarkably. Speaking as someone who was raised by a percussion major and drum line family members, the percussive qualities of the show were minimal, not to discount the added live aspects of the show, but it was definitely fun to have incorporated.
Big Wild has some really cool sounds in his work – between the usage of wind chime samples, ethnic-sounding percussion, strings and a variety of featured vocalists – the songs are anything but similar, though they manage to maintain a familiar and intriguing sound. Some of these featured vocalists include: iDA HAWK, Yuna and Tove Stryke, whose voices all are intertwined with Wild’s impeccable production.
Wild builds up to his drops simply by laying another layer here and there on his tracks, and having the drops almost come out of nowhere. The use of violins and wind chimes adds a subtle familiarity to the sounds with an added “sneak-up drop” that you don’t always see coming. He uses a capella samples and perfectly timed fades, along with strong synths all in one. He incorporates so many varied sounds in his different tracks, but somehow, it works; and perfectly so at that. Even just comparing his sounds in 2014 to his newest EP, the sounds are so varied. Listen to “Venice Venture,” released in 2014, versus 2017’s “I Just Wanna.” Plenty of similarities and differences, but the main overlapping factor is that the songs are all straight fire.