Photo Credit: William Colgin
Spreading the fire and blazing through the world of Hard Rock with razor-sharp songwriting and fierce devotion, Mississippi Rockers, Wild Fire, are gearing up for an exciting year. The guys are currently riding the high from their debut record, ‘Revolt’, and teasing about a second release in the summer of 2018. I caught up with Vocalist, Zack Sawyer, to discuss the creative process behind ‘Revolt’, digging in deep to produce meaningful lyrics, empowering fans around the world through their artistry, tattoos and more.
Congrats on the positive feedback that you received from your most recent release, ‘Revolt’. Tell us about a day in the life in the studio while recording the album and some of your favorite moments throughout the experience.
A typical day in the studio is sleeping in, getting up for coffee and breakfast and then coffee all day in Matt LaPlant‘s studio. Once everyone is awake enough to start cracking jokes, everyone gets kicked out of the control room! We told stories, lost our focus, ran out of time and still ended up with this record. I had to fly back to Wisconsin to finish the vocals. I’m pretty sure Matt and I tried every brewery in Madison, Wisconsin.
Let’s dig in to the backstory behind some of your lyricism. What is the ultimate message that you are conveying through your music?
I write my lyrics from my past experiences. They are not all positive, but it’s what I know. Being honest with where I’ve been has helped me to paint a picture for people. Ultimately, I hope people take away a positive messages from our music. We want to empower them with our art.
Has your perception of your hometown changed at all now that you’ve had a chance to hit the road, tour and see so many different cultures and walks of life?
Absolutely. People always say there’s nothing to do around here. After a long tour, that’s exactly what I want, nothing to do or simply to enjoy being outside. I look at this as homebase now. I’m always excited to get away, but I’m always excited to come back as well.
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How has your family responded to your music so far? As it is an important factor, are they supportive of your artistry?
I come from a long line of musicians and artists. My cousin is Ray Sawyer from Dr. Hook. We actually covered their song, “Cover of the Rolling Stone”, for our debut record. They are supportive, but I don’t really rely on the support of my friends and family so much. Their jobs in my life are to be just that. My friends and family. My fans though, we have the best fans in the world. That’s the support we need and we are grateful.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the tattoo artists that you worked with to bring them to life.
My favorite piece is an “Eagle, Globe and Anchor” by Rob Martin. (I served in the USMC.) It’s not quite the traditional Marine Corps tattoo. It features an eagle taking flight, a globe that appears to be made out of sheet metal, and an anchor wrapped in barbed wire. We wanted to step outside the box and do something different. It serves as a reminder of what I’m capable of. And without the Marines, I might have never known.
If you could sit down for dinner with one fellow musician either dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
John Fogerty. I love to roll down the windows and jam CCR. He has some of the most unique vocals I’ve ever heard and I’m currently studying him. I figure I could learn more if I just actually talked to him.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?!
At the moment, we are not allowed to announce any upcoming tours or festivals, but we have very big plans for 2018. Stay tuned.
Tell us about some characteristics and/or unique things that you have learned about yourself ever since you began playing and creating music?
I don’t like anything the first time I hear it. It’s kind of a running joke. I love to evolve ideas though. The chorus on disconnected actually started as a lead guitar part, and the strings were written on a piano originally. I like to try different pieces of music on different instruments until I find what I’m looking for.
If you could exist as a cartoon character for one day, which character would you choose and why?
Foghorn Leghorn. We have more in common than you might think!
“Now looka, I say looka here. I say, I say I resemble that remark. I say boy, pay attention when I’m talkin’ to ya boy.”
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
Thank you all so much for your continued support. It keeps this train rolling! Our fans make every part of this so worth it. Look out for a new Wild Fire record – Summer 2018.
Thank you so much for this opportunity.
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