Willdabeast - Stay The Course (Superbest Records, 2015)
1. Way Back (ft. Vokab Kompany)
3. Is This Love? (ft. Keeplove? & Gary Washington)
4. Stay The Course (ft. Matt van den Heuvel & Brittany Littke)
5. Limerence (ft. Sinclair Hucke)
6. Midnight Legend (ft. Heist, Brittany Littke & Matt Taggart)
7. Acatalepsy (ft. Matt van den Heuvel)
8. Come Home (ft. Todd Templeton & Matt Taggart)
9. Resisting Reality
10.Novaturient (ft. Sinclair Hucke)
"Stay The Course" is the debut album on Superbest Records for newly announce artist Willdabeast. Initially a solo project from Will Glazier, the group expanded to a duo in early 2015, after a desire for more live instruments was established. Glazier recruited Daniel de Lisle (both of Michal Menert Big Band and Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics), a veteran melody maker and performer, whose proclivity in supporting, encouraging and contributing to quality music was undeniable. This union represents not only the longevity of long-time friends, but also the ability to quickly enhance live performances and recordings. Glazier, who has a degree in music production, taught the quick learning de Lisle the ins-and-outs of DAWs and recording techniques, and in doing so both gained a greater understanding of many elements in recording, composing and producing. "Stay The Course" began as another solo album for Glazier, but a few songs in, de Lisle stepped in as co-producer and shared noticeable contributions, which helped the progression of the sound and project.
The inspiration for this albums is one bred from duality. It is an attempt to express the push-and-pull in one’s life; the struggle and strife, the ups-and-down, the positive and negative, and how we all possess the ability to overcome and prevail through that darkness. For Glazier, the principle engineer and composer on this album, the songs are a personal and emotional insight into his experience with relationships, love, family and balancing a budding career. Glazier is a go-getter, who is highly invested in his music. He has been traveling and recording music since he was 12 years old and now has been afforded the opportunity to use these experiences as inspiration. The past 15 years have been nothing short of a challenge for Glazier, and using each failure and accomplishment as a lesson, this album is an attempt to convey some of the insight acquired over years of chasing his dreams of being a musician, no matter the difficulty. From heart break, financial devastation, and loss of friends to finding love, reaching goals and finding support at home and in one’s community, this album is an attempt to show that we all struggle, and the best way to survive is to simply stay the course. By never giving up and trying to live each day to its fullest potential, Glazier and de Lisle continue to reach and surpass their life goals. They have now gone on a national tour supporting Michal Menert, signed to his label (SBR) and become some of the most distinct and recognizable horn sections in the electronic music market today. Releasing over 20 collaborative songs this summer, this album is a culmination of hundreds of shows, and an attempt to make music with integrity and passion.
Similarly, the album art, by graphic designer Mike Lunde is an attempt to encapsulate these personal experiences and questions surrounding the theme of duality, He combines natural photographs of mountain ranges and juxtaposed images from around the Pacific Northwest, where the group is based out of. Lunde sums it up perfectly, “What I did was I took an image from some regional mountains and kind of twisted them together, as if to make them appear stronger, working together. I went with the idea that your album has a couple different things pulling it in different directions, you take these elements and twist them all together, to show how they can work harmoniously. It also signifies bringing together big things in your life, and doing your best to make them all work. For some people, its twisting work and a balanced lifestyle, for you it’s probably family and music, being gone a lot from your family isn’t easy and you need a strong, connective support system to enable the constant supply and creation of art required to advance in this industry all while finding time to continue to perform and simultaneously taking care of your obligations at home.
Aware of the sample based history of the genre, Willdabeast endeavored to bring collaborative artists into the studio to record, and sometimes replace samples with live instruments and vocals, crafting a fun, personal journey through the album. We were fortunate to have many friends join us from our hometown and from our travels including Matt van den Heuvel (who plays guitar on more than half of the album), Vokab Kompany (San-Diego based hip hop band) and locals Brittany Littke, Sinclair Hucke, Gary Washginton on vocals, Todd Templeton (drums), Matt Taggart (bass), and more. There is even a cameo from Glazier’s acclaimed father, Dr. Loss Glazier, a published author, tenured professor in new media and owner/operator of the largest poetry database in the world, on the song “Way Back”.
released November 10, 2015
Will Glazier (production, synthesizers, programming, vocals, trumpet)
Dan de Lisle (co-production, synthesizers, flute, trombone)
Matt van den Heuvel guitar on (1, 4, 5 , 7, 10, 11)
Brittany Littke on vocals (2, 4, 6, 7, 8 11)
Matt Taggart on electric bass (3, 6, 8)
Sinclair Hucke on vocals (5, 10)
Todd Templeton on acoustic drums (3, 8)
Robbie Gallo and Matt Burke on vocals (1)
Loss Glazier on speech (1)
Gary Washington on additional vocals (3)
Travis “Heist” Confer on vocals (6)
Joe Marx on percussion (9)
Mixed by Will Glazier
Additional mixing and Mastering by Adam Schechter (Warp 9 Mastering)
Recording and composing by Will Glazier and Dan de Lisle
Artwork by Mike “Vancity” Lunde
Michal supports all of us on his label and in his projects. He was on PLM with Paul for many years and now it is a privilege to share creative workspaces with contemporaries like them. #MMBB Willdabeast