Interview – Wotts

I recently featured the song Return Flight by Wotts in a round-up review and playlist based around Canadian artists. The duo have a great sound to their music so I wanted to find out more! Check out the interview below if you liked their music.

By Jane Howkins

You recently released a track titled Return Flight, which we reviewed. What can you tell us about the song, and where can it be purchased?

I think we’re having a lot of fun with exploring new sounds and really trying to build an atmosphere with our music. Return Flight is an encapsulation of this approach. You’ll hear a lot of very subtle sounds layered in throughout the song, but it keeps a fun bass groove as well that the listener can attach themselves to. You can purchase the new track on iTunes or stream on all the major streaming platforms.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

A little, it’s obviously been tough to get together in any sort of live music capacity. But we are well connected with our own home recording and music production setups. This has been a fun challenge and allows for more creativity when you can sit down with a track and really tinker with it.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I’d say the pandemic changed how we approach making music. It’ll probably evolve again, but for now everything we make is done apart. It sounds kind of sad, but we’re both busy dudes so it actually suits us well. If either of us have an idea, we just fire it off by email and then it just builds from there. We both approach things differently, but for me, 95% of the time my process starts with the vocal melody. Rick on the other hand will usually have some fat bassline idea or some mind melding guitar riff ready to go. Either way, we’re definitely privileged to have the tools to record at our own places, and thankfully it seems to work for us.

Do you plan to release any more singles in the near future?

Ya! Our next single (Domino) is coming out on March 17th. We’ve been experimenting with melding different genres, and while Return Flight leans more into R&B, this next one will be dipping a toe into the indie rock world.

Have you started writing for an EP or an album? 

We actually dropped a record (COLONIES) back in August of last year. Honestly, even as someone who loves the album format, I’m not sure it’s the best approach for us anymore. I like the idea of being nimble on the sound front from single to single and not having to stress about cohesion. That said, we’re both suckers for themes, so don’t be surprised if we drop some kind of collection this year haha.

What/who influences you most as artists? What have you been listening to recently?

I’ve always been influenced mostly by musicians who evolve their sound over time. I love the concept of growing with new sounds and always pushing for something new. Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of female fronted indie pop rock, particularly enjoying The Beths from New Zealand and Charly Bliss from New York.

Where are you based? What is the music scene like in your part of the world? Are you influenced by your surroundings?

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada! Capital city baby. Ottawa’s music scene is a hidden gem. Usually we are thought of as the sleepy/boring town, but there are so many talented musicians and artists here that usually fly under the radar. So it’s always fun when one pops up and starts making a splash outside of the city on a national or international scale. We are a very tight community as well, with everyone supporting each other as best as they can. We are certainly influenced by our surroundings, because half of the year we are dealing with the freezing cold and find ourselves keeping warm inside making music.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

We’ve been asked to play some shows but we’ve been holding out a bit because we’re focused on developing more content. A couple years ago we were actually a four piece hip hop band that had played some pretty cool Canadian festivals. So we’re kind of old hands when it comes to performing, but complete newbies when it comes to doing pop music live. But we’re definitely looking forward to doing gigs once we’ve got a full catalogue ready to go.

What can people expect from one of your shows and why should people come and see you perform live?

No matter if it was in our hip hop days, or in our current pop form, the number one goal we have for shows is for people to have a good time. I know that sounds kind of obvious but at the end of the day, we make music because we love it and we want to share those good vibes with people that dig us. So if you like big synths, fat riffs and moody tracks, come check us out, and if you hate it, at least the club will have drinks.

Any last words for the fans?

We hope you love our music as much as we love making it! Stay tuned for more to come in 2022!