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Wilson Teach Us How to Live Like a Baller

Wilson‘s new album is one big party. A party that was almost canceled before it started.

The band has been around since 2010 but very nearly called it quits before releasing the wild Tasty Nasty in August. When the five members came through the Music Choice studios recently they recounted how individual life struggles had everyone contemplating ending the endeavor, but tapping into a childhood love of 90s jams and the crew’s undeniable friendships pushed things through.

Now they’re cruising the country in a new tour van (dubbed “The Red Rocket”) and continuing the party. It doesn’t look to be ending any time soon.

Read the band’s interview below and check out a couple videos where the band discusses their essential ways to “live like a baller” and engage in a new round of Who’s More Likely To. For more Music Choice video awesomeness head here.

Music Choice: You guys have been out on the road promoting the new record, Tasty Nasty. How is the public taking the new tunes?

Chad Nicefield: Everything’s been so awesome. It might be cliche, but honestly, this record wasn’t made for any other reason than to make the one we wanted to. Our band almost broke up before it even came out. We’re happy to be riding the wave we’re surfing on. This record is a complete anomaly of how we operated as a band before.

MC: How so?

Kyle Landry: We were all going through some hard times and it was coming through in the music we were writing. We realized that’s not what we had set out to do as a band.

Chad: Jason (Spencer) was the founding member of the band and he was going to leave all of it well before the making of this record.

Jason: In so many words, I quit the band. I was blaming the band for me not doing certain things in my life. I was just afraid to do them myself. In all reality, I could have been living my life how I wanted to be and doing the band at the same time, but I hadn’t realized that yet. After some time off and getting myself together a bit, I quit blaming the band for things. Everything happens for a reason.

James Lascu: Pretty much, he quit the band but we were like, “hey man you still gotta do this one last thing” and then we’d ask him to do another thing and another…

Chad: We just have a lot of weird stockpiled sh*t on him so he can’t quit.

Jason: Long story short we were all going through stressful situations. We realized we weren’t doing what we set out to do. We wanted to write a record that took ourselves away from all the sh*t we had going on.

Chad: It was a classic case of no parents, no rules, ya know? Only we’re the adults now. We resorted to that mentality of back when we started playing instruments. Getting back into the bands that made us want to start making music. The music that made us interested outside of stuff our parents listened to.

MC: So everyone was going through some heavy adult stuff and then this album and the videos are all party rockin’ and good times. Is that difficult to turn on when you’re feeling down?

James: No, because it’s always there. Even when one of us is having a sh*tty day there’s always something to do or say and snaps you out of your funk. As far as the music is concerned, all of us are so in tune with our inner child and I don’t know if that’s because of how we are individually or collectively but when we get on stage no matter what’s happening in our lives, we’re gonna have some f*cking fun.

If it wasn’t fun for me, I wouldn’t be traveling the country in a van.

Chad: It was like taking the shield off your DNA and not being worried about what people are going to think or how they’d judge you. Especially in rock ‘n’ roll, there’s this like f*cking costume that people put on or an attitude. We decided to make the record we set out to initially make 10 years ago at the outset.

James: We tapped into our original influences. For me, It’d be like I’m going to play this like Fleetwood or make this kind of like Deftones. It was so fun for us to all do that.

MC: Talking about all the 90s influences, I definitely got a “Pretty Fly for a White Guy” vibe in your “Like a Baller” video. Tell me more about those pieces of culture influencing the album.

James: Deftones, Incubus, Limp Bizkit, Tool. That whole scene. That’s the stuff street teamers would give us when we were kids out at shows.

Puhy: Man, I still have that first Deftones tape.

Chad: For us, growing up then was an experimental period. There were no boundaries. I had green hair then and I do now! All the different kind of music. From Nirvana to Beastie Boys to Toadies to Wu-Tang. It all naturally found its way into my life.

Kyle: Pierced nipples, cargo pants, whatever…

Chad: Nirvana lead me to Fugazi and Deftones lead me to Will Haven and Far and all these other things. There was nobody telling you what you could or couldn’t listen to. I knew I was cool. I was a little weird guy and I was cool!

MC: So logically the next album will sound like Far?

Chad: Oh, for sure.

MC: Partying and good times are such a big part of the band’s image, what’s a night out like for team Wilson?

Puhy: In bed by 10…

Chad: Oh yeah, he’s got a big bag of hot Cheetos. Getting comfy.

Jason: If we have a couple days off we like to get an Airbnb. We recently stayed at this farmhouse in Wisconsin and got a lot of writing done.

James: We go to a campground and take mushrooms or something.

Jason: It’s a good mix of being destructive and being responsible.

Puhy: Take mushrooms at 6, eat Hot Pockets at 7, in bed by 8, watching cartoons by 9…

James: I like to take some good stuff and then pay all my bills on my phone before it kicks in and forget. Then I wake up the next day and I’m like “who paid all my bills for me?”

MC: You guys got a new touring van that everyone seems pretty stoked on, tell me about this bad boy.

Chad: It’s named The Red Rocket. We got a new band when we decided we were going to continue being a band since we had already sold our old one. What we did was step this one up in the comfort department. We wanted to be able to sleep comfortably, be able to control temperature, have some bunks. Places to actually sleep.

We like to utilize the 24-hour Planet Fitness centers across the country. Right there you got a shower, you got massage chairs, you got exercising. With that and the van, we cut out paying for expensive ass hotels. We took all those years of dumb touring and made it smarter.

Puhy: Being the tallest person in the band it has been very nice. When we had the 16-person van it was like, the seats were about an inch too short for me to stretch out. After a while, that takes a real toll on the body. Now I can fully extend.

James: It’s awesome to have room to roam when the car is moving.

Kyle: Helps your hands when you’re rolling… something…

Chad: Yeah, when we’re rolling sushi rolls in the van!

Wilson Teach Us How to Live Like a Baller

Wilson‘s new album is one big party. A party that was almost canceled before it started.

The band has been around since 2010 but very nearly called it quits before releasing the wild Tasty Nasty in August. When the five members came through the Music Choice studios recently they recounted how individual life struggles had everyone contemplating ending the endeavor, but tapping into a childhood love of 90s jams and the crew’s undeniable friendships pushed things through.

Now they’re cruising the country in a new tour van (dubbed “The Red Rocket”) and continuing the party. It doesn’t look to be ending any time soon.

Read the band’s interview below and check out a couple videos where the band discusses their essential ways to “live like a baller” and engage in a new round of Who’s More Likely To. For more Music Choice video awesomeness head here.

Music Choice: You guys have been out on the road promoting the new record, Tasty Nasty. How is the public taking the new tunes?

Chad Nicefield: Everything’s been so awesome. It might be cliche, but honestly, this record wasn’t made for any other reason than to make the one we wanted to. Our band almost broke up before it even came out. We’re happy to be riding the wave we’re surfing on. This record is a complete anomaly of how we operated as a band before.

MC: How so?

Kyle Landry: We were all going through some hard times and it was coming through in the music we were writing. We realized that’s not what we had set out to do as a band.

Chad: Jason (Spencer) was the founding member of the band and he was going to leave all of it well before the making of this record.

Jason: In so many words, I quit the band. I was blaming the band for me not doing certain things in my life. I was just afraid to do them myself. In all reality, I could have been living my life how I wanted to be and doing the band at the same time, but I hadn’t realized that yet. After some time off and getting myself together a bit, I quit blaming the band for things. Everything happens for a reason.

James Lascu: Pretty much, he quit the band but we were like, “hey man you still gotta do this one last thing” and then we’d ask him to do another thing and another…

Chad: We just have a lot of weird stockpiled sh*t on him so he can’t quit.

Jason: Long story short we were all going through stressful situations. We realized we weren’t doing what we set out to do. We wanted to write a record that took ourselves away from all the sh*t we had going on.

Chad: It was a classic case of no parents, no rules, ya know? Only we’re the adults now. We resorted to that mentality of back when we started playing instruments. Getting back into the bands that made us want to start making music. The music that made us interested outside of stuff our parents listened to.

MC: So everyone was going through some heavy adult stuff and then this album and the videos are all party rockin’ and good times. Is that difficult to turn on when you’re feeling down?

James: No, because it’s always there. Even when one of us is having a sh*tty day there’s always something to do or say and snaps you out of your funk. As far as the music is concerned, all of us are so in tune with our inner child and I don’t know if that’s because of how we are individually or collectively but when we get on stage no matter what’s happening in our lives, we’re gonna have some f*cking fun.

If it wasn’t fun for me, I wouldn’t be traveling the country in a van.

Chad: It was like taking the shield off your DNA and not being worried about what people are going to think or how they’d judge you. Especially in rock ‘n’ roll, there’s this like f*cking costume that people put on or an attitude. We decided to make the record we set out to initially make 10 years ago at the outset.

James: We tapped into our original influences. For me, It’d be like I’m going to play this like Fleetwood or make this kind of like Deftones. It was so fun for us to all do that.

MC: Talking about all the 90s influences, I definitely got a “Pretty Fly for a White Guy” vibe in your “Like a Baller” video. Tell me more about those pieces of culture influencing the album.

James: Deftones, Incubus, Limp Bizkit, Tool. That whole scene. That’s the stuff street teamers would give us when we were kids out at shows.

Puhy: Man, I still have that first Deftones tape.

Chad: For us, growing up then was an experimental period. There were no boundaries. I had green hair then and I do now! All the different kind of music. From Nirvana to Beastie Boys to Toadies to Wu-Tang. It all naturally found its way into my life.

Kyle: Pierced nipples, cargo pants, whatever…

Chad: Nirvana lead me to Fugazi and Deftones lead me to Will Haven and Far and all these other things. There was nobody telling you what you could or couldn’t listen to. I knew I was cool. I was a little weird guy and I was cool!

MC: So logically the next album will sound like Far?

Chad: Oh, for sure.

MC: Partying and good times are such a big part of the band’s image, what’s a night out like for team Wilson?

Puhy: In bed by 10…

Chad: Oh yeah, he’s got a big bag of hot Cheetos. Getting comfy.

Jason: If we have a couple days off we like to get an Airbnb. We recently stayed at this farmhouse in Wisconsin and got a lot of writing done.

James: We go to a campground and take mushrooms or something.

Jason: It’s a good mix of being destructive and being responsible.

Puhy: Take mushrooms at 6, eat Hot Pockets at 7, in bed by 8, watching cartoons by 9…

James: I like to take some good stuff and then pay all my bills on my phone before it kicks in and forget. Then I wake up the next day and I’m like “who paid all my bills for me?”

MC: You guys got a new touring van that everyone seems pretty stoked on, tell me about this bad boy.

Chad: It’s named The Red Rocket. We got a new band when we decided we were going to continue being a band since we had already sold our old one. What we did was step this one up in the comfort department. We wanted to be able to sleep comfortably, be able to control temperature, have some bunks. Places to actually sleep.

We like to utilize the 24-hour Planet Fitness centers across the country. Right there you got a shower, you got massage chairs, you got exercising. With that and the van, we cut out paying for expensive ass hotels. We took all those years of dumb touring and made it smarter.

Puhy: Being the tallest person in the band it has been very nice. When we had the 16-person van it was like, the seats were about an inch too short for me to stretch out. After a while, that takes a real toll on the body. Now I can fully extend.

James: It’s awesome to have room to roam when the car is moving.

Kyle: Helps your hands when you’re rolling… something…

Chad: Yeah, when we’re rolling sushi rolls in the van!

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