Another project I'm involved with is Van Wild. The brainchild of Yasmine Van Wilt. The project covers all kinds of media and the music we're currently writing will be used for the Van Wild band album and also in the forthcoming off broadway play The Ancestors. The track above is the first co-written, co-produced and engineered song we've done together called 'Ghosts'.
In her own words:
Van Wild is a performance art and music transmedia project that reverses the mainstream historical narrative of American history, introducing revisionist, feminist folk narratives through blues-country-rock-folk "roots" storytelling. Yasmine has a deal with Kobalt Records for Van Wild.
This is a large scale in-development folk musical theatre project that re-positions traditional folk narrative from the woman's perspective. Many Van Wild songs appear in this project. The piece is due out in 2017.
WHAT IS VAN WILD?
Van Wild is a solo project that features the collaboration of many fine instrumentalists. It is a postmodern, genre-blurring, Amerciana counter-narrative journey through North American history. The albums follow a linear narrative. The stage show is a transmedia extravaganza of music, performance art, theatricality, dance and film. It merges high and low art forms, and although it was born from the academic research of Yasmine Van Wilt, its accessible, radio-friendly and, we hope you'll find, relatable.
Van Wild is an Americana musical, theatre andperformance art project by international (US Mediabase & UK MusicWeek) charting North American singer-songwriter and transmedia artist Yasmine Van Wilt. Yasmine is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and has been recognized by numerous international organizations including Disney, The NCTE, The Thomas Holloway Grant, The Overseas Research Council, the European Union, etc.
THE VAN WILD ALBUM
The Cherry Tree album features production by Matt Gordon of 1092 Studios in Nashville and a line-up of world-class instrumentalists including the inimitable bassist and band leader Dominic Davis and guitarist Kurt Ozan. A forthcoming version of "If You Want" features instrumentation and vocals by the legendary multi-platinuum country-pop-rock duo The Bellamy Brothers.
The album is a mix of upbeat love, social observation, and protest songs inspired by Southern landscapes and folklore. It follows an historical narrative is inspired by real events in North American history, from the perspective of women characters whose voices were silenced from the prevailing historical narratives of nationhood. The album will be widely available in late autumn 2015.
"Cherry Tree" reached #26 on the MediaBase Indie Label charts (April 2015) and is on more than 150 TV stations globally (Comcast, Universal). It has been playlisted by American Eagle, Steve Madden, The Four Seasons, Caesar's Palace, Macy's & more! "Hey Old Man" is a theme song of the 2 Dan's bestselling H8 Society project soundtrack. Released on May 7th via Bit Torrent bundles, the project, which features art by Marvel and DC Comics illustrator Bill Sinkewiecz, garnered over 700K downloads within the first week of its release and continues to gain momentum. Numerous TV, radio and live performances and recordings are forthcoming. Please check the gig list for details.
Visit www.musicbyvanwild.com for more details