The Wildfire has had quite a year. In 2016, we released our first EP (my first 5 songs I’ve ever finished!), played our first shows together as a band, and released our first music video. I mean, we didn’t even start playing together until March 2015. The band and I have really been hustling and it’s starting to seriously pay off. Last week, G. Gone named our EP #5 on his top ten list of favorite albums for 2016, and we couldn’t be more excited. You can check out the show on My Week That Was (Cygnus Radio) and listen to some of his very kind commentary here.
But one thing that G. Gone said (as well as numerous other people) is that “we came out of nowhere”. So I figured I should address that, because truth be told, we kind of did. Especially me. While Mark, Joe, and Rob had experience playing in bands, I did not. For years, I quietly watched many of my very musically talented friends pursue their careers. I went to all their shows, wondering if I would ever be able to perform my songs for people. When I went to college, and decided to go into social work, I remember my parents saying to me, “What do you mean you’re going to be a therapist? What about music?”. I remember thinking “Are they crazy?! Becoming a musician is a TERRIBLE idea.” So I played it safe. I thought that what was the better choice. Pursue something I knew I would be good at, and way more stable than music. Don’t get me wrong, there are many things I love about being a therapist, and I ended up being quite successful at my job.
But then I turned 30. There seems to be something about turning 30, I’ve noticed, that makes many people feel this sense of urgency to have fun, and live the life they want to live before they get “too old.” I was no different. I adopted the mantra of “living without regret”…I know, I know, what a cliché, right?! But it’s the truth. I did not want to be the person on my death bed wishing they had a different life. And so, Laini and the Wildfire was born. I was not planning to take things slow. That thirty something reality check pushed me into the deep end when I didn’t really know how to swim. I knew I would learn fast, and I sure as hell was not going to drown. Not after thirty years of sitting poolside, watching everyone else have fun.
So yes, we did come out of nowhere, and I am so proud of all that we have accomplished in a short amount of time. But we’re not stopping there. 2017 is going to be an EVEN better year for us, with the release of an EVEN better, new, 8 song album coming out in the Summer 2017. I think we really found our signature “sound” on this album, and can’t wait for you all to hear it!
Cheers to 2017!
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