Pete Wilde…Dashingly flamboyant with seemingly endless energy, Wilde’s musical persona beckons to a time when rock music was risqué and drenched in blackness. The California guitarist, singer and songwriter is a rock star in the truest sense of the term: from his cocksure strut to his charmingly devilish grin.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Pete: Well, I have my next single, “Savior”, coming out on September 7th!
XS ROCK: What was your original motivation for starting a band?
Pete: I’ve always wanted to be a musician for as long as I can remember. I don’t really remember what the main motivation was. I’ve just always loved it.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Pete: Well, my stepdad is a professional touring musician and I grew up around a lot of legends. My first experience with music was probably church. Once I got to middle school, I started playing in bands.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Pete: I like to think that my music feels and looks like a seedy New York bar in the 70’s
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Pete: Well, my stepdad has a few platinum plaques and a Grammy, so I want some of those. But I really want to be someone’s favorite rock artist one day. For some kid to want to learn my songs on the guitar, like I did with my heroes.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Pete: That’s like picking your favorite kid. If I had to pick, maybe performing.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Pete: Most of my songs are about my romantic relationships.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Pete: An old bandmate once shit himself in the middle of West Texas. We hosed him down at a gas station. It was hilarious.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Pete: So far, nothing strange. Knock on wood.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Pete: Absolutely! They love it.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Pete: It’s ok to not be great right away. Work on your craft first. The rest will follow.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Pete: Red Leather and we do a cover of “Redbone” by Childish Gambino that’s pretty killer.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Pete: Prince. Hands down. There was this magic that filled the room when he played. I wanted that.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Pete: Me, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, Gary Clark Jr., and Anderson Paak.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Pete: I played Higher Ground with Stevie Wonder some years ago. My old band covered it and he was in attendance and he came up and sang it with us. I’ll never out do that one.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Pete: I don’t know. I’d probably be a producer or a manager. I have to work in music in some capacity.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Pete: Old fashioned. Guitars, bass, drums and vocals. Although I want to incorporate keys into the live show soon.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Pete: It’s cool. I think it’s a lot better than some people give it credit for. Although rock could use some resuscitation right now.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Pete: I’m a huge nerd. I love history and science. I watch documentaries more than anything else. I also love comic books.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Pete: Umm, be sure to check out “ Savior” on September 7th and follow me on IG and Twitter @realpetewilde !!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Pete: Thank You!!!
More about Pete Wilde
Make Rock ’N’ Roll Black Again
Time to Bring ‘Blackness’ Back to a Genre Off Track
In so many ways, rock ‘n’ roll has lost touch with the black voices that birthed the genre. With a heart guided by the origins of rock ‘n’ roll itself, and steps guided
by the beat of a heavy bass drum, Pete Wilde breathes blackness back into a world of music since lost to the shiny, washout and generic. Genres are born out of the meld of culture and time. Rock ’n’ Roll is no exception, finding its roots in the times of “race music” when the sound was synonymous with “blackness” from musical pioneers like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon and Chuck Berry.
The term rock ‘n’ roll became more commonly recognized over a series of decades after white musicians like Elvis Presley, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones played the blues, just a little bit faster; giving the genre it’s brand, it’s face, and it’s momentum. While these artists have created some of the greatest hits we still know today, the black community have mostly turned away from rock. As the years have gone on, the once vibrant and colorful culture of rock has become diluted at best, and has forgotten its origins and the sounds it borrowed from the black voices that laid every brick the music stands on. “We have essentially given it away because it doesn’t reflect or represent us anymore” says Pete Wilde, whose mission is to make rock ’n’ roll black again. “I think it is important to insert black voices back into this pocket right now. It is like making real “juice” again from real fruit. Right now we have Tang, I want to make real orange juice.”
While Pete Wilde has recently entered the scene, he is the very personification of rock ’n’ roll. Alongside his vision for the genre, he evokes the personality of a runaway train paired with a wicked grin and flamboyant cocksure strut. Pete’s story is a rollercoaster, and is every bit the fuel for his fire. He comes from humble beginnings, and although raised by a loving mother, his childhood was defined by a distant father, tormented by his own demons.
Years later, after witnessing the murder of his best friend, the only thing that felt as angry as Pete was rock ’n’ roll. Pete’s solace in music was nurtured by his stepfather, famed saxophonist Eddie Minifield alongside Sheila E. and the guitarist Kat Dyson.
However, his anger was fueled by drugs and alcohol, leading him straight to prison. During his sentence, Pete Wilde feverishly wrote songs that were
saturated with black history and the feminism ingrained in him by his mother with the emotion of his childhood. This time of expression was his redemption, and gave him his purpose: to make rock ’n’ roll black again.
Pete’s debut release of Lucy, a song that emotes sexuality and passion, marks his first steps in a journey to realize this purpose. “I think a lot of people have forgotten the history and roots of rock ’n’ roll, and now the genre has become murky and blurred.” says Pete. Listening to Lucy, it is clear that Pete understands and respects the origin of his music while also emulating a sound that is of his generation. “I am making rock music with groove and a ‘black’ sound that isn’t just
funk or pop, but real, original rock ’n’ roll.”
Is Pete Wilde the savior of rock ’n’ roll? Only time will tell. But he is a force to be reckoned with – a force that stole his guitar from The Devil