Wild Child’s founders Alexander Beggins and Kelsey Wilson had very different musical backgrounds growing up in Austin, Texas.
Wilson is a classically-trained violinist. Beggins is a primarily self-taught musician playing a variety of stringed instruments who started his first (“absolutely terrible,” he says) band when he was 11 years old.
The two musicians were hired to play with a Danish band called The Migrant, which had stopped in Austin and needed several musicians for their upcoming eight-week-long tour. They began collaborating on new songs during the tour and discovered it was a magical experience. They knew they had to keep working together.
Meow Wolf presents Wild Child, which is now a seven-piece mini-orchestra, on May 8 to play a concert of its unique blend of indie-pop.
Joining Kelsey and Beggins on stage are Sadie Wolfe (cello), Matt Bradshaw (keyboards, trumpet and harmonica), Tom Myers (drums), Cody Ackors (guitar and trombone) and Tyler Osmond (bass).
“Kelsey and I are still the ones who write most of our material,” explains Beggins. “But what’s great about Wild Child is that we have an unspoken rule that no one says “no” to any idea. Sometimes we fight like cats and dogs. But in the end, everyone’s individual taste comes through the music.”
Personal experiences are often the subjects of Wild Child’s songs. “I truly feel that audience members learn something about us when they hear our songs,” says Beggins. “We’re pretty expressive when we play.”
Not only is Wild Child going to play tunes from their latest album “Expectations” but also from their previous three albums “Pillow Talk (2011), “The Run Around”(2013) and “Fools” (2015).
“Audiences expect us to play certain tunes, and we deliver,” adds Beggins.
Santa Fe is the final stop in Wild Child’s five-week-long U.S. tour. The band heads back to Austin before beginning a tour of Europe.