Wild Horses - 10 Questions Interview
Wild Horses is the joining of a musical force; singer Joelle Platt, known as a stellar performer and communicator, with a voice that resonates deeply, profoundly, and hauntingly. Joelle recognized her gift at an early age, and felt called to pursue a career as a singer and an artist. Citing inspiration and influence by artists like Joni Mitchell and Chris Cornell, Joelle was determined to carve a significant and noteworthy path, and she has; from writing a rock album with John Alcock (Joan Jett, The Who, Thin Lizzy), to collaborating with famed musician Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins).
“Her heart was Wild, but I didn’t want to catch it, I wanted to run with it, to set mine free.”
Joelle ultimately made her way to Nashville, and caught the attention of 5 time Grammy nominated and 26 time Dove nominated producer Billy Smiley (WhiteHeart). An instant dream came out of that audition for a musical she applied for, and Joelle formed Wild Horses as an outlet to revive the beauty and energy of rock music, with a modern edge, and the dreamy melodic music she grew up on.Releasing her 1st single of a Beatles classic was a daunting task that she rose up to take, and she hasn't looked back since. With new singles coming throughout the rest of the year, Wild Horses is developing a style and sound that sometime takes years to achieve, but with the production help of Smiley, and the musicians he brings in, will only serve to develop her sound and her desire to impact the music culture in a new way. Wild Horses is the culmination of years of seeking who she is as an artist, and an inner drive one will hear from this incredible voice.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it..
I always had an inclination for writing poetry. When I discovered artists like Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, Chris Cornell, and Fiona Apple, I was inspired by their raw honesty, and candid approach. I was encouraged to want to translate poetry into music.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
It was probably my relationship with Billy Corgan, lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins. Despite it not being a romantic match, he taught me a lot about what true artistry means, and he taught me about music and songwriting. I was also exposed to many more creative people during that time including Courtney Love, Linda Perry, and Bono to name a few. It was an invaluable learning experience, and has definitely shaped how I approach my own music.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Honestly, I don’t think it has happened yet... I do feel however that I have been on an upward trajectory for the last year, and it makes me feel very excited for what’s coming.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
For me, I am inspired to write melodies and lyrics, not so much the music itself. So I like collaborating with musicians/producers who are great at coming up with the music.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Covid has proved to be an incredible challenge for obvious reasons. It has impaired the artist by keeping him/her from going out there and playing live. And it’s not just about the money they’re missing out on. Artists thrive on the energy of their audiences to keep them inspired and creative. However, the flipside is that this has forced us to think outside the box in terms of launching/sustaining our careers. And I think a lot of ingenuine people won’t step up and will faze out. Then we may find ourselves with some real quality music and artistry on the other side of what has felt like a really dark tunnel.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
It would have been Chris Cornell, if he was still with us. I would’ve loved to sing a duet with him.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I like to figure out my set list, and get comfortable with all the transitions. Sometimes I will film rehearsals, even though it can (Sometimes) be painful to watch it back, having the visual reference allows me to see myself as others see me, and I can make adjustments.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Probably my song called “The Game” which I wrote years ago. It was a challenge because I just had so much to say, I didn’t know how I was going to get it all in the song. The challenge of that turned out to be what made it cool though, because i paced it almost like a spoken word.. sometimes our challenges are what make something really unique!
What's coming up in the future?
I’m excited about continuing to work with Billy Smiley, and develop Wild Horses into something recognizable and special amongst people all over the world. I am also excited about the collaboration I have with Christy Phillips, who is the writer and producer for the upcoming Musical “Dance in the River”. Her music and message really speaks to my heart, and I feel very lucky to be bringing some of it to life through Wild Horses.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
This is the link where you can pre save the video.
This is the link for my cover version of The Beatles Classic “Eleanor Rigby”