Interview – HAWKANDTHEWILD

I recently checked out the song Aral Sea by HAWKANDTHEWILD, featuring it in a playlist and round up review based around Nordic artists. I wanted to learn more about them, so decided to sit down and have a chat! Read on below to find out how we got on…

By Jane Howkins

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

Online streaming platforms and digital purchase.

What does the title refer to?

I found inspiration in a documentary about the Aral Sea located in South Russia, east of the Caspian Sea north of Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. It’s as remarkable a story as it is a horrid example of what humans are capable of.
I imagined this song as if a grandfather or grandmother told their grandchild the story of their beloved lake. Sitting on the roof on one of the rusty shipwrecks in the ship cemetery, looking out on what once was. That’s where the photo for the cover was taken.

Why did you decide to use the moniker HAWKANDTHEWILD, instead of producing the music under your own name?

My name Wiltfalk is Swedish and in an English context it would mean wild falcon or hawk. So by inspiration of bands and artists like Mumford And Sons, Tallest Man On Earth and Noah And The Whale, I chose to make an alias like a typical indie band or songwriter.

Has the pandemic hindered your work much?

It’s meant no live opportunities at all.

What is the writing and recording process like for you?

I work with all approaches. Sometimes lyrics first, like poetry; sometimes music first. Sometimes lyrics are written whilst improvising melodies with my voice, harmonica, guitar, piano etc over a chord progression.

Do you have plans to release an EP or album anytime soon?

No not soon, I recently moved so I’m working on a new recording space and new material at the same time.

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

Courage is inspiring. Revolution gives hope. I’m for unity, peace, human rights, freedom and environmental sustainability. I’m no front row activist, but I feel that I sometimes wish to be. It is reflected in my music. I have a punk attitude somewhere in my mind, but I’m making a different kind of music. It’s connected to my surfing and a bit spiritual side maybe. So everything from Neil Young to Xavier Rudd and Lumineers is artists that inspire. But I listen a lot to metal and electronic music as well.

You’re based in Sweden – what is the music scene like in your part of the world?

It’s a small country but we have a great music scene. Mostly pop and r&b/hip hop nowadays but the indie folk and acoustic singer songwriter genres have always had a big audience here. Both traditional, but also more modern ways of blending electronic and acoustic sounds.

Are you influenced by your surroundings?

Yes.

Do you have any tour dates lined up?

No.

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

Some shows are just me. It’s a more intimate storytelling kind of vibe. With a band it’s more like an indie folk, acoustic pop show.

Any last words for the fans?

Get out and enjoy live music any chance you have!