If you’re looking to dance your way through 2019, Big Wild just brought the party. The Massachusetts-bred artist’s debut album, Superdream, is really easy love, the kind of album that makes itself a part of your life on first listen. There’s funk guitar, synth-pop sheen and disco house hooks at every turn. There’s some Prince-like purple in “6s to 9s” with Rationale, some slow-burn psychedelia in “No Words,” and more than a few opportunities to slink across the dance floor dangerously close to your lover.
Superdream is a combination of the producer’s inspirations, and it sees him take up the mantle of singer-songwriter for the first time too. It’s a real labor of love featuring some of his favorite collaborators new and familiar. It’s the result of a big look inward and a driving need to expand his own sonic frontiers. He caught the spirit, and he let it show. It’s a deeply personal record that never loses sight of relatability. Billboard Dance caught up with Big Wild to hear the inside story of all twelve tracks.
“City of Sound”
Embrace your individuality; be comfortable with who you are. That’s the main message of this song, and it was one I always came back to while working on the project. The lyrics of “City of Sound” were almost a mantra for myself to give me confidence in the direction I was going in with my music, specifically my vocals and songwriting.
Say your grace in the City of Sound —-? City of Sound was one of the 1st songs finished on Superdream & one I always came back to. The lyrics are about being comfortable with ur individuality. Not being afraid to let the world know who u are & in a literal sense, hear your voice pic.twitter.com/Lwf0Un2dwA
— Jackson (@bigwildmusic) January 23, 2019
I wanted to embody the feeling of pure fun and euphoria in a dance song. This track from start to finish was great to make. I’ve been playing it at shows for several months now, and it’s become a highlight of the set for me.
“6’s to 9’s” Feat. Rationale
The numbers are a reference to having your world flipped upside down when the infatuation from love seems to take over your life. I’ve wanted to work with Rationale for a long time and sent him over the initial instrumental and hook idea. He came back with the vocals, and I put the last touches on it. It’s one of my favorites on the album.
To put it bluntly, this song is about making love; those moments when words don’t do justice and the best way to communicate is the language of the body. I wanted the instrumental to have a raw and less polished feel to it, which almost gave the song a psychedelic rock sound. The vocal harmonies on this are my favorite part.
“Alley-Oop” feat. iDA HAWK
Similar to “6’s to 9’s,” “Alley-Oop” is also about falling deeply in love with someone. I had the entire track made, but the chorus was just instrumental. I knew it needed something more to take it over the top. I kept hearing a powerful female vocal line and iDA HAWK was a natural fit. We had already worked so well in the past, and I love her voice.
“Pale Blue Dot”
This is more an ode to my old instrumental style and was a blast to make. The beat always made me imagine space, hence the Carl Sagan reference. I can’t wait to play this one live.
Almost six years ago now, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. My mortality was constantly on my mind, but I received treatment, and I’m healthy and cured now. “Maker” documents this period of my life and the feeling of having a new lease on life; being fortunate to make it out alive and healthy from a dramatic experience and appreciating what you have on a daily basis. The song is a celebration of being alive.
I made this track faster than any other one on the project, and it was so refreshing to finish something that quickly. Outside the window in my studio is the pen for me and my partner’s bunny, named “Mopsy.” When I was finishing up the track, she came into my studio, saw Mopsy outside the window, and immediately thought this track was about him. Everything clicked after that, and now the bunny has a track on the album.
“Purple Sand (My Home)”
About five and a half years ago, I visited California for the first time. I went to Big Sur and felt so inspired by the landscape and natural beauty. It felt like home. It felt special. It felt like a new chapter. Several months after that trip, I moved to California from Massachusetts and made one of my biggest leaps of faith in terms of starting new and pursuing my music full time. This song is about the rush and high of that period of my life.
“She Makes Magic”
I always think of this song like “When I Get There” part two. I love building so many elements up and then stripping a song back to the bare essentials.
This track is about seeing or experiencing something so special, you feel like you witnessed “heaven.” Heaven, to me, is a state of mind or perspective rather than a Biblical place in the sky. The song is about realizing “heaven” could be right in front of you.
As soon as I began working on this song, I knew it would be the closer to the album. I wanted to convey a strong mood and vibe without using lyrics. The drop always felt like a jolt of lightning to me or having a flood of memories. It’s symbolic of waking up from the “Superdream.”
Superdream is out now on Counter Records. Check Big Wild’s upcoming spring tour dates and lsiten to his to debut album below.
Spring 2019 ‘Superdream’Tour Dates
With Special Guests Robotaki & Mild Minds
March 6 — Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
March 7 — San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
March 8 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
March 9 — Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
March 10 — Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
March 13 — Arcata, CA @ Arcata Theatre
March 14 — Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
March 15 — Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
March 16 — Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
March 20 — Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
March 21 — Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
March 22 — Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
March 23 — Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
March 27 — Boston, MA @ Royale
March 28 — Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
March 29 — Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
March 30 — New York City, NY @ Terminal 5
Upcoming Festival Dates
March 1 to 3 — M3F Festival 2019 @ Phoenix, AZ
May 10 — Shaky Beats Music Festival @ Atlanta, GA