It’s always good when you like your colleagues. That’s why Mosa Wild works so well: Jim, Alex, Charlie and Edwin are four great friends who describe their music as “cinematic, alternative, indie”. With high-profile support slots already under their belt with artists like Tame Impala and Jade Bird, this British band are proving themselves an incredible live act and making music that is surpassing their contemporaries. Their debut single ‘Smoke’ has hit 10 million streams on Spotify, which is incredible. And they’re part of the Virgin Money Emerging Stars Link opens in a new window programme. Read on to get to know more…
Hi, Mosa Wild. When did you first meet each other and how did the band come about?
Jim: I first met Alex when I was in year 3, I was the new kid at school and Mrs Simmons sat me next to Alex… We got split up a few days later for talking too much and we haven’t stopped talking since. We met Charlie and Winnie (Edwin) from playing little club nights around London, becoming friends first and then forming the band.
What first got you into music?
Jim: My family and mainly my brother. When we were kids, we used to share a bedroom together. he was really into making mixtapes and I used to sleep on the bottom bunk. I was in charge of hitting record when he would hear a jam come on the radio. I think that’s when I caught the music bug.
How would your fellow bandmates describe you?
Edwin: They’d probably describe me as a bit competitive.
Alex: Depends which one you ask but they’d describe me as odd.
Jim: I hope they would say ‘a very good friend.’
Charlie: How would my band mates describe me? Probably someone that likes to leave things to the last minute to get sorted out.
Do you have a pre-show ritual that you stick to, or any superstitions?
We always do a group huddle before a show, rub the back of Alex’s neck for good luck and make sure Jim has his capo for his guitar.
Favourite thing about performing live?
Edwin: When we played a headline show at the end of last year, it was the first time I noticed the people in the crowd singing the songs back to us, which was pretty amazing.
Favourite place you’ve ever performed?
Jim: At a tiny pub in London. It was supposed to be a festival, but our stage got shut down because there was an electrical fear, so we ended up playing this tiny room and it was just a vibe.
If you could be on the line up with any artist, who would it be and why?
Alex: Foals, they always put on a great show and I’d love to be part of that.
Jim: Prince, because I’ll never get the chance to see him play live.
Charlie: Arcade Fire, because they’re Arcade Fire.
Edwin: Kate Bush, because I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather see play live.
What is your musical process when creating songs?
Jim will normally bring an idea to the table and we all work from there, or sometimes most of the song will be there and it’s just a case of tidying things up. Generally, Jim plants the seed and we all take turns watering.
What about a song that inspired you to make music?
Alex: Growing up I used to listen to a lot of Travis – Driftwood is my jam. Seeing them perform live at the Isle of Wight and seeing how the crowd responded to their songs was definitely an inspiring moment.
What’s the best thing about being in the music industry?
Getting into lots of shows for free!
How important is it to support emerging musicians and what can we do to show support?
It’s pretty much essential, the music scene is such a vital part of our culture and unfortunately one that gets overlooked by government policy. Musicians, venues and all the other contract workers that contribute towards the music scene need a great deal of support in times like these.
So, engage: social media is a powerful tool for artists and bands these days. If you find an artist you like, give them a follow and engage on their social media platforms…it really does help!
Do you think lockdown has had any positive impacts on your life?
Life has definitely slowed down a bit. There’s more time to go for a walk, hop on the bike, chain watch every episode of The Office (American TV series) etc – all wholesome stuff.
And now time for some quick-fire questions…
Must watch film on Netflix?
Spy Kids 3D
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All-time favourite restaurant or take out?
Jocks Café in Kirkmichael