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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Aussie goodness: Wolfmother's Myles Heskett recorded in the same studio as Nirvana, listens to Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake, is cool with Gay fans and can't wait to play the Sasquatch Music Festival
Wolfmother. Remember this name. They're on the cusp of being big. Real big. The Australian power-rock threesome has already been compared to music heavyweights Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, blending atmospheric arrangements, hard-driving guitars and trippy lyrics. It's 70s classic hard rock with a sexy, young twist. The twentysomething trio will perform on the same stage, same day as Nine Inch Nails, Bauhaus and HIM on Memorial Day weekend as part of this year's Sasquatch Music Festival at The Gorge.

Myles Heskett, the goateed drummer for Wolfmother, phoned into the Seattle Gay News while on a tour bus in Arizona. With a cute, innocent giggle that could warm the dreariest of days, Heskett reflected on the group's success and what lies ahead. He talked in "Aussie dude" fashion, using the word "cool" many times. But before you dismiss him as a stereotypical, spoiled rock star with an over-inflated ego, know that he's got a heart of gold and Gay friends back in Sydney cheering him on. A former graphic designer who loves the outdoors and listening to pop music, Heskett is worth getting acquainted with.

As our "feature artist interview" for the Sasquatch Music Festival, here's what Wolfmother's Myles Heskett had to say when he stepped into The Music Lounge.



Albert Rodriguez: Where you at right now?

Myles Heskett: We're in Arizona, somewhere.

Rodriguez: You guys are coming up here to play the Sasquatch Music Festival.

Heskett: Yeah!!! That's going to be cool! Are you going?

Rodriguez: Absolutely! I'll be at your Portland show too, right before Sasquatch. I'm following Wolfmother wherever you go!

Heskett: (cutest giggle in the world) Cool!

Rodriguez: It's been a great year, so far, for Wolfmother.

Heskett: It's been pretty crazy. I'm never quite sure where I am.

Rodriguez: When you see Seattle on the tour itinerary, what comes to mind?

Heskett: Well, we've been to Seattle once and I loved it! I remember looking out at the mountains. What's the name of the big one?

Rodriguez: Mt. Rainier?

Heskett: That's the one! That's what comes to mind. Looking out at the mountains. I also think of Nirvana. I watched the making of the Nevermind album and they recorded it in the same studio as us and stayed in the same apartment as us in LA.

Rodriguez: How do you describe your music? It's a fusion of a lot of many things.

Heskett: Um, I guess it's kind of primitive-groovy-blues-riff. It's heavy-groovy music.

Rodriguez: To me, it's Led Zeppelin with a sexier, younger twist.

Heskett: (giggle) That's cool. I've got a friend who describes it as romantic pre-metal.

Rodriguez: You were a graphic designer before the band came along.

Heskett: I went to arts school to study fine arts. I was painting, drawing, making sculptures and stuff like that because I really wanted to do art. But it's hard to make a living off being an artist. I took another course on graphic design around the time we started the band. So I was working in graphic design at the time. It was good because it helped me save up money to buy a drum kit.

Rodriguez: How did Wolfmother launch itself as a band?

Heskett: It was something we were meaning to do, to play music. Every weekend, or when we had a set evening, we would get together. We had a jam room. We were playing music to get it out of our system. We were doing it for fun for a long time. It got to a point where we were so frustrated that we hadn't played a gig, so we put some songs together to play live. From there we just started playing shows.

Rodriguez: How do you feel about having Gay fans or Gay groupies?

Heskett: That's cool man! We just want people to enjoy the music and be free. I've got Gay friends back home that are into us. There's a big Gay scene in Sydney.

Rodriguez: You have Gay boys who listen to Britney and Beyonce, but there are others who really like Nirvana, Death Cab for Cutie and Wolfmother.

Heskett: That's cool! We listen to a bit of pop ourselves.

Rodriguez: Like who?

Heskett: I always bust out Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake.

Rodriguez: That's good stuff. What about Madonna?

Heskett: I saw Madonna at Coachella (Festival).

Rodriguez: Did you meet her?

Heskett: No, she had high security. She had like twenty thousand security guards. They had something set up there to see her (on big screens). I like her new song though. I saw her on a TV show and she had this whole electro band backing her up, and it was really good.

Rodriguez: Have you ever been to The Gorge?

Heskett: No, but I've heard it's really nice there. Is it warm?

Rodriguez: During the day it is. At night you need sweaters and socks. You guys probably travel with lots of dirty clothes because you don't go to Laundromats often.

Heskett: That's the worst thing about being on the road, I think. To have to look for a Laundromat somewhere.

Rodriguez: Do you guys have time to enjoy what's happening right now, or is it going by so fast that you can't grasp what's going on.

Heskett: It's kind of up and down, a bit of a rollercoaster. Sometimes you can appreciate it and say, "Wow, look where we are!". Other times you feel like you're not there because you're so overwhelmed by all that's happening. Sometimes you don't enjoy it as much as you should.

Rodriguez: Do you feel like a rock star when you're onstage?

Heskett: (giggle) No, not really.

Rodriguez: Even after a performance, like Coachella, when you're walking around and the girls, and guys, are checking you out. You don't feel like a rock star then?

Heskett: (another giggle) No, I don't.

Rodriguez: For an industry spitting out cookie cutter acts, Wolfmother is different.

Heskett: It's all about having a balance. The most important thing is to have something that is really fun, a celebration for people to enjoy. You want music that people can relate to and have fun with. We do what comes instinctively. It's not pre-conceived.

Rodriguez: What does the rest of the year look like for Wolfmother?

Heskett: It looks like there's touring, touring, touring and touring. We're doing a lot of US festivals, like Lollapalooza and Sasquatch, and we've got a lot of European festivals as well.

Rodriguez: On your next visit to Seattle, we'll take you up the Space Needle to see the city. It's a bit touristy, but it has the best view of Seattle.

Heskett: That would be really cool!

Rodriguez: I'm sure you guys are heroes in Sydney.

Heskett: It's going really well for us back home.

Rodriguez: Maybe when you go back to Sydney, Wolfmother will be so big that you'll be invited to Nicole Kidman's house!

Heskett: (laughs) I don't know if I want to go to Nicole Kidman's house.

Rodriguez: I've never been to Australia, but I'd love to. I hear it's incredible.

Heskett: It's really beautiful down there. You should go sometime. It's a long flight though.

Rodriguez: What do you look forward to when you go back home?

Heskett: Seeing my family and friends. You know when you fly into your hometown, there's that special feeling of being home again? I want to have that feeling.

Rodriguez: Do you surf?

Heskett: No, I tried.

Rodriguez: I tried too. I almost died last year in Hawaii. I took lessons and sucked.

Heskett: I almost died too.

Rodriguez: It's been awesome talking to you Myles. We're really looking forward to seeing Wolfmother at Sasquatch! Will you say hello to Chris and Andrew for us?

Heskett: For sure. Thanks a lot!

Rodriguez: See you next weekend. Bye!

Heskett: Bye!
 

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