Wild Rose

Wild Rose is one of the very few Hellenic melodic rock bands which keeps evolving over the years. This is a band that deserves to be more known especially abroad as they have nothing to be jealous of the European or the US bands of the same genre. We had a chat with the keyboardist Dirty Haris about the new album and the band’s future plans among others…
Wild Rose band pic

Hi Haris… you’re back with a new album almost one and a half year after your previous one. Which are the new elements that you introduce with “Hit ‘N’ Run”?
H: I believe “Hit ‘N’ Run” is a bit “heavier” than our previous albums. The pieces are much stronger and perhaps the tempos are faster as well. We didn’t try to do something different; we just brought together our ideas and worked on getting another album released. The addition of another composer in the band also makes this album... spicier!
This is the second album with David A Saylor on vocals. This co-operation, which also took place last year on “Dangerous”, seems to have worked really well for the band and David as well, right?
H: Yes! Our co-operation with David is excellent. He loves the songs and we’re able to work magic with his voice on the tracks. Except from a very talented singer, he’s also a great guy. I hope he’s still stuffed from the food we made him eat in spring! Hahaha...
How did you approach David in the first place and why did you search for a foreign singer for the band?
H: That was Andy’s work. We decided to look for a foreign singer, after the search in Hellas didn’t prove helpful. Most Hellenic singers are traditional singers and have nothing to do with rock, so we knew it was a longshot from the start. So when we decided to look for a foreign singer, Andy took the task and came in contact with David through the social media.
Do you see a future on that collaboration with David?
H: We all certainly hope that this collaboration lasts for many years to come. The most probable case is that David will be the lead singer of a lot more Wild Rose albums.
Where does the album title refer to? Why did you name it “Hit ‘N’ Run”?
H: We had a few options from suggestion as to how the album would be called. We - kind of - voted for the best title, and “Hit ‘N’ Rum” came first.
You left us wondering about the model’s face on the cover artwork… it’s true that the cover is rather “spicy”… will we get to see the hot model on the album’s booklet or somewhere else?
H: Perhaps! Who knows...? Maybe you’ll eventually get to see her face… someday! Hahahah…
I’d like you to tell us a few things about each track…
H: “Through the Night”: An excellent inspiration by 3 people.
“I’ll Be There”: A fast-pace follow-up…
“Stay”: Our strongest piece in my opinion.
“Without Your Love”: The album’s ballad…
“Another Day”: Another hit ('N' run) to get back to fast tempos.
“Can’t Wait on Love”: One of Andy’s signature songs.
“Give In to Me”: The most surprising song of the album…
“Together”: A lovely mid-tempo featuring a female singer back vocalist.
“Don’t Walk Away”: Another one of Andy’s signature songs.
“All for Love”: The song you don’t expect to listen to in a Wild Rose album.
“I Want Your Love”: Yet another one of Andy’s amazing inspirations.
Andy produced and mixed the album and George Aspiotis did the mastering. Do you prefer to have your own control in your work? George did a very good job too.
H: It is important to have the control over your work. If you know what you’re doing, you'll get 100% the results you’re looking for, rather than paying someone that doesn’t really know what you want to sound like.
You also showcased that when there’s knowledge and devotion, a great production can be achieved in Hellas as well and you don’t have to go abroad… isn’t it so?
H: It’s true. Everyone can do it if they’re committed! Andy worked so many hours over the tracks and we managed to finish the mastering of the album without sending it abroad, so I’d say hell yes!
You also have a new label. You signed with AOR Boulevard records. How did that thing occur? Was the contract with AOR Heaven for one album only?
H: Yes, the contract with AOR Heaven was for one album only and we didn’t meet each other’s demands for our next album so we decided to move on to another label.
The video for “Through the Night” is out, as we speak, and it’s doing great too. Will you shoot another video in the time to come?
H: It’s not on our immediate plans, but it’s under consideration.
What are the touring plans? Are you planning to give some live gigs along with David?
H: No live gigs are planned, perhaps we will do some next year, but we will play wherever we’re invited.
It’s already been a decade since the band’s formation… so what are your future plans and what are you longing to achieve with Wild Rose in the next years?
H: We only want to continue writing good music for the people who appreciate it. We’d like to have a European tour at some time, but a lot of difficulties arise. It’s really hard to make big plans when 2 members are in England (me and David).
Wild Rose band pic

It’s time for our “weird questions”!!! How did you come up with your name back in the day?
H: That's a question I've been asked many times as well. So, that was Andy's inspiration back in 2004. Andy saw a red wild rose and that's how he decided to name his band.
Best 3 AOR/melodic rock albums of all time according to you?
H: Mark Free – “Long Way from Love”…
Survivor – “Vital Signs”…
Signal – “Loud & Clear”…

Top 3 AOR/melodic rock singers of all time?
H: Mark Free, Jimi Jamison and Michael Bolton.
What are those things that you do not like in the music industry nowadays?
H: Well, it’s been said many times and mostly from rockers. Music industry supports all the new popular styles that get to play in huge clubs, so there’s not much space left for melodic rock. There was a time melodic rock was the favourite child of the music industry, but we have to remember it’s a business and the companies will follow the money... and we shouldn’t blame them for doing that, it’s their job after all.
What do you think about this “Views, tweets & Likes” mania of our time?
H: I’m really not into it. I like my old-fashioned style. I use those sites as well but not in that weird way.
How do you see the “free downloading issue” of our time? What can a band or a label do to change that thing?
H: There is no “free downloading” anywhere. Downloading copyrighted material is illegal, but the laws simply do not apply if it’s millions doing the same illegal action. We can’t really do anything about it, except to wait for people to have some respect to the music they listen and like. Stop stealing it and start supporting the bands.
Do you think that funding platforms like Kicksatrter, Indiegogo etc. can give any kind of solution to the “legal downloading” matter? Can bands/artists only be supported by their fans in order to make music?
H: I will only answer with this. If nobody bought our debut album and everyone downloaded it from the internet, we wouldn’t have moved forward to the second one because we would lack the resources to do it. It’s a chain reaction.
Best pick-up line that has worked for you several times in the past?
H: Several? You’re joking, right? Hahaha…
Which character from the “Game of Thrones” would you be – if you lived in the Seven Kingdoms? The other guys from the band?
H: I’d probably be Ned Stark... And I’d hate being dead…
Which of the Seven Deadly Sins do you reckon is the one, that’s more likely to send you straight to Hell, in the afterlife?
H: Lust...?
If your girlfriend caught you cheating on her… what would you do in order to calm her down?!
H: Hahahaha, now that’s a good one mate. If she caught me in the act I’d need a miracle only to survive, save to talk. (i.n.: Hehehee…)
Imagine that your girlfriend/wife is selling your whole album-collection just to buy an expensive ring for herself. How would you react?
H: Revenge has always been my thing. Sell her favourite shoes for 0.99 on ebay. And I’d get a e-receipt printed and posted on the wall! (i.n.: Now that’s a good way to get even!)
I think we’re reached an end. Thx for talking to Grande Rock, Andy/Harris. You can say anything you like before we close… take care!
H: I want to address the fans of melodic rock. If you love this music, support the artists. Don’t let your music die. Thank you for hosting this interview Thanos.