We recently caught up with Aston Wylie on the release of his latest single, ‘Howling’.
Congrats on the release of Howling. Tell us more about the song.
Thank you so much! Howling is a love song essentially, about wanting and longing for someone or something. It’s very nature descriptive and I was inspired by how wolves can call out to each other and communicate when they are miles and miles apart, and in this song I am trying to say a similar thing, I hope my love can hear me.
The single is taken off your latest album, ‘Today’. What can fans expect from the album?
‘Today’ is my first release, so people can expect a very true Aston Wylie sound. It was written mostly in guitar and piano, my go to instruments and is very descriptive about the things around me, there are songs about the sea, the sun, the moon, love and heartache.
Having been part of the local music scene for a number of years, what are your thoughts on the industry at the moment?
I think the local music scene is in a great place, I feel that everyone is more in sync now more than ever with global musical trends thanks to the internet and platforms like Spotify and iTunes where we are delivered new music and sounds daily. I think this allows musicians and producers of all genres to compete and collaborate directly with what happens locally and globally which is great.
Who are some of your favourite local artists?
I love Majozi, he is the best! I am truly inspired by our local producers and singer songwriters, the quality seems limitless at the moment. Some of my personal favourites are Jeremy Loops, Monark, Southern Wild, Stone JETS, and the dons Ard Matthew’s, Prime Circle, Parlys and Watershed to name few.
Where can fans catch you live in the next few months?
Steenberg Garden Festival in JHB 29th September, Beerhouse CPT 5th October, Ellerman House 18th Oct, Durbanville Hills Fest 28th OCT, Majozi and Trevor at KirstenBosch GARDENS 18th Nov, Waterberry Festival in EL 22nd Dec.
Pictures by Annique Bester