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GET TO KNOW: wotts



Having spent the last couple of years releasing a wave of bright and impressive lo-fi delights, Canadian duo wotts are back once again to share their latest uplifting jam 'before'.


Lifted from their forthcoming new album 'Colonies', which is due to arrive later this year, 'before' showcases the very best within their chosen direction. Filled with shimmering textures, bright tones, and some killer hooks layered throughout, we can't wait to hear what they come back with next.


So with the new single available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and what has inspired them most over the years.


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What was the first instrument you learned to play?


Rick: Probably the harmonica! My dad is a pretty avid player and always had them laying around the house. I would say guitar was the first instrument I learned to play proficiently though.


What was the first album you remember owning?


Rick: I remember having hard copies of Lenny Kravitz's "Lenny" and "5", and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication", but those were bought by my mom. First purchase of my own was likely "In Utero" by Nirvana or Boston's self-titled album.


Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?


Rick: Too many! They were all very grunge inspired with elements of funk and alternative music.


What is a song you wish you had written yourself?


Jay: Tough question! Keeping in my wheelhouse, I’d say “Listerine” by Dayglow. That kid’s a mad talent and I think that song hits ‘nostalgic pop’ right on the nose without being cheese. Honorable mentions, “A Hero’s Death” (Fontaines D.C.) for the lyrics and “Reunion” (M83) for just being so damn big and 80s.


What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?


Jay: For me, it’s when I find a chord or hit a vocal melody that just knocks me over. It’s like a drug. When it happens, it’ll probably be the happiest I’ll ever be about a song. The good news is, knowing that feeling helps with quality control down the road, the bad news is, you never know when the well will dry up.


And what about the most frustrating part?


Jay: The most frustrating part for me is mixing music. If there wasn’t such a creative element involved, I’d totally have other people take care of it. The first 20% of the process is fun, but when the super technical stuff comes knocking, I start to question my life.


Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?


Jay: Gorillaz for sure. It just seems like such a fun show and they hit so many different genres in their set. Plus you’d get to share the stage with a legend and see how it’s done.


Where do you see yourself in five years time?


Rick: Hopefully owning some property and hanging with my australian shepherd, Ripley. Taking plenty of international trips with the missus.


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wotts' new single 'before' is available to stream now. Check out the new video for it below.