Following preparations for their latest tour, we caught up with UK based band DREAM WIFE to discuss their latest album “So When You Gonna”. Consisting of Rakel Mjöll, Alice Go, and Bella Podpadec, the artist’s highlight how their latest music compilation was created through spending more time focusing on their song-writing and collaborating with Marta Salogni.
“Releasing an album that is largely about the energy, community and experience of live music during a global pandemic where live music is entirely off the table was, of course, an uncomfortable curve ball!”
A journey that began fairly organic, according to the band. Admitting that they took a DIY approach at the start of their journey; touring on flixbus, sleeping on friends sofas, mixing their own sound… a band, which by their own admission was really shaped on the road. Performing at a host of live shows prior to taking the leap to releasing their music to the world. “That’s the most important thing with navigating this tricky industry… surrounding yourself with people you trust who are in it for the music!”
The band recognise that people are going to feel a mixture of feelings when listening to their music. Referencing a tapestry of different moods and emotions that is offered through their playlist… Bella Podpadec believes that what is particularly interesting is the space to be angry, a safe channel for rage, from which to harness the creative for their music.
She goes onto explain how everything they make together is very special! Recalling their last headline tour, Bella highlights how Alice (Go) went on to make a mix album with stems from the live show, which led to the band placing a release party at Rough Trade. With all the proceeds going to Girls Rock helping to get women, girls and trans and nonbinary people into music.
Opening up about the effects of mental health, Bella explains that it’s not a case of overcoming but more learning coping strategies, recognising warning signs, and taking the time you need to rest. “Sleep, exercise, meditation, water, therapy, nature, yoga, ritual, speaking with trusted friends, breathing exercises, eating well, being honest, asking for help and baths are all great but really the problem is systemic”. She goes onto explain that in her view, capitalism does not care about your mental health and for most people money can be the fundamental issue to breaking through.#watchthisspace