Carlos Wilde is an "Alternative/Power Pop/ Pop Punk/ Rock” artist. He is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and produces most of his own work. Wilde's songs have fared very well at different sites, where most of his tracks peaked at #1 in their sub-genres as well as inside the Top 20/50/100 in the Global Charts in their respective genres. At present, you can find samples of his music at Soundclick, MySpace, IndieGuild, ReverbNation, Facebook, Last.fm and YouTube, amongst others. His re-released CD, "Cocktail", available at Bandcamp, SoundCloud, iTunes and Amazon was a runner-up in the IOMA 2005 (International Online Music Awards) for best album and best cover art. He’s had some College Radio airplay, and two of his tracks "Staring at the Dark" and "Dreams" were featured in an Arts programme on Localia TV. He also has two tracks in the two compilations released by Atom Sounds (Independent Record Label). Wilde's new EP, "Not a Tortoise", is out now (released 18 Feb 2012). Available at SoundClick, SoundCloud and ReverbNation.
A word from Carlos:
As I normally say, I didn't choose music, music chose me. The flow of one note to another (sang and/or played) can touch me in unpredictable ways. At a very tender age, I was entertaining family and friends with my singing. I got up on stage for the first time when I was six. At the age of ten, I sang in a casino in a variety show.During primary and secondary school, I attended singing classes and was involved in amateur theatre and school music concerts. I also attended guitar lessons for a short while, but I define myself as a self-taught instrumentalist. I have worked with several musicians and formed bands giving life to various music projects. I've performed live in Portugal, Holland, Ireland, and Spain, both at pub/club and concert level.
I tend to listen to most genres, since I firmly believe that great exponents can be found in each and every one of them. Rock, Pop, Soul and many more (the list is endless) have given us many delightful moments. My own path reflects all this.
Let's try and get to know Carlos a little better
by Sue Palmer
Who were your early music influences?
Carlos: That’s kinda difficult to answer because I was lucky enough to grow up listening to great music in a variety of genres (Blues, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Traditional...), but I like the late '70s and '80s.
What was the first record that you bought?
Carlos: I can't recall. I played zillions of records and had loads of tapes recorded thanks to some incredible music libraries from some friends of mine before I actually bought something with my own pocket money.
I know you've said that you like all genres, but what do you listen to when you are chilling?
Carlos: Smooth Jazz.
Is there any music that you wouldn’t listen to?
Carlos: Opera and Free Jazz.
Do you play any other instruments?
Carlos: Voice, guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion.
Where do you see yourself in ten years' time?
Carlos: Nowhere. I take it one day at a time.
What is your ultimate ambition in music?
Carlos: To keep growing.
Do you write your own music?
If you could perform with the singer/band of your choice, who would it be?
Carlos: The Cure, U2.
Have you any other interests?
Carlos: Psychology, philosophy, Tai-Chi, The Arts, linguistics, natural phenomena, paranormal phenomena, anything mind-related.
What is your idea of a good evening out? Or if preferred, a good evening in?
Carlos: A good evening in: a good meal with cool friends, nice conversation, and then I grab the guitar and play a few tunes.
A good evening out: a good meal with cool friends, nice conversation and then grab the guitar, head to a pub and do a nice session in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere with the local punters.
What is your favourite food?
Carlos: Mission impossible. I fancy Thai, Chinese, Indian, Spanish, Portuguese, and French cuisine amongst others. And let’s not forget the American, English, or Irish roast beef or the Irish stew.
If you could travel anywhere in the world at any expense, where would you choose?
Carlos: New Zealand – history, culture, landscape, biodiversity, myths and legends.
If you were playing at a gig and the biggest spider you have ever seen ran across your foot, what would you do?
Carlos: If it kept on running, it would be nice.
That brings me nicely on to - have you any fears or phobias?
Carlos: Unwanted questions.
If you had to spend a week on a remote desert island, who would you choose to take with you? The catch is that you can’t know them, so no friends or family...someone who you think would be entertaining or good for survival.
Carlos: A dog, preferably a Labrador – and a book ‘The Happiness Purpose’ by Edward de Bono.
On this desert island, you can take three personal items, what would they be?
Carlos: A guitar, a mobile phone, and a gun.
What is your favourite season of the year and why?
Carlos: It would depend on the location.
How would you sum up your personality?
Carlos: A Cool breeze on a sunny day, the sun on a winter's day, a sponge with thirst for knowledge.
Have you a favourite song/album of all time?
Carlos: Not really.
Is there a song that you could choose to sum up you or your life?
Carlos: Ask me that question when I’m about to die.
One of my favourite tracks on this CD is "On this side of Paradise". can you tell me a little about this track?
Carlos: "On This Side Of Paradise" is a collaboration with a Spanish friend of mine called Marcos Legazpi. We met a good while back. He was involved with people that were writing tunes for other artists and I ended up approaching these people too and had some dealings with them. Because Marcos knew these people well, I would ask him for his opinion on certain things. One thing led to another and we thought about doing something together. He did most of the instrumentation for this track and I did the arrangements, produced the track as well as writing the lyrics and singing (both main voice and backing vocals). This track was included in my debut CD "Cocktail" released in 2005. This album was a runner up in the 2005 International Online Music Awards for best album and best cover art.
the link for the tune can be my RN page, It is the very first song on the page http://www.reverbnation.com/carloswilde