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Ones to Watch: The Wind & the Wave Q&A

by Stephanie Benson

Ones to Watch: The Wind & the Wave Q&A

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We here at Napster are always on the hunt for exciting, innovative new musicians. So this year we decided to reinstate our Ones to Watch series, where we focus on one emerging artist for an entire month and provide you with exclusive content from the promising up-and-comer. For the month of August, we've chosen indie folk duo The Wind & the Wave as our featured artist. The Austin-based twosome are currently celebrating the release of their debut album, From the Wreckage, an upbeat, foot-stompin' set of bluegrass fit for the festival stage. Get to know Dwight "The Wind" Baker and Patty "The Wave" Lynn a little better with this exclusive Q&A, in which they discuss some of their biggest influences and inspirations, and reveal the songs they wouldn't ever dare cover.

What made you want to play music in the first place?

Patty: Dwight's been playing since he was 6 years old. His mom brought home a drum kit from church and the rest is history. Not to mention, when he saw the U2 [Joshua Tree] tour. That experience solidified his love for music in stone.

Dwight: Patty has always loved singing, since she was a toddler.

Patty: It was just in me. It's not something I feel like I chose. Maybe this sounds cheesy, but it chose me.

So, what makes Dwight "The Wind" and Patty "The Wave"?

Dwight starts ideas and pushes me to finish them, and always to the best of my ability. So he definitely serves as a source of inspiration and motivates me, much like the wind motivates the wave.

Sell us your debut album, From the Wreckage, in 10 words or less.

Unicorn, love, leather, nerds, whiskey, boots, barbed wire, Texas, California.

What are you listening to right now?

Dwight's coffee cup is magically making the sound of a soaring bald eagle every time he takes a sip ... also Sia, The War on Drugs and Ray LaMontagne.

What's a song you wish you wrote?

I don't usually listen to a song and think, "I wish I wrote this." I love "Tiny Vessels" by Death Cab for Cutie.

When you think about your first crush, what artist, song or album comes to mind?

Dwight: The Cure's "[Disintegration"]."

Patty: Dashboard Confessional's "[Screaming Infidelities]."

If you could emulate anyone's career, whose would it be? Why?

When we look at other people's success, it's not something we want to emulate. We're happy they found a path that works for them, and we're trying to do the same. Or maybe we aren't trying so much as we're just seeing where the road take us.

Name the: 1) first album you ever bought; 2) last album you bought; and 3) three albums you couldn't live without.

Dwight:

1) Van Halen, [Diver Down]

2) Tom Petty, Wildflowers (on vinyl)

3) Jeff Buckley, [Grace]; The Cure, Disintegration; Tom Petty, Damn the Torpedoes

Patty:

1) TLC, Fanmail

2) Air Dubai, Be Calm

3) Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism; Bon Iver, For Emma Forever Ago; Metric, [Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?]

If you were to write a memoir about yourself, what would the title be?

Dwight: You're Almost There. Wait. Start Over.

Patty: I Don't Need Anything from You, Unless You Have Cheese

What does being a Napster's Ones to Watch artist mean to you?

It means everything. We love any chance we get to share music from a record we put our whole selves into with literally anyone. Thanks Napster!

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