WD-HAN – Bad

 

WD-HAN - Bad

WD-HAN – Bad

 

 

ARTIST NAME: WD-HAN

 

SONG TITLE: Bad

 

GENRE: Rock

 

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Tens of thousands of teenage bands form every year in America. How many are still around ten years later? A hundred? How about with the original members, actively playing and recording? Maybe ten?

 

WD-HAN beat the odds and is still beating them.

 

What magic of music, what harmony of life has energized this triad since 2008? A simple, powerful purpose woven through everything they do: through music they can make a positive impact on people’s lives.

 

Lead singer Spencer Barnes, guitarist Cal Henry, and percussionist Lea Barnes, along with the band’s manager Marjorye Henry (yes, two married couples), have studied, practiced and learned for years how to wrap their music around listeners’ best inner selves, making it safe for people to reach out to a better life.

 

WD-HAN works in musical styles of emotional depth, mixing blues and rock and ballads with whatever accents are needed to drive the message home.

 

WD-HAN has played at hundreds of local venues, many major music festivals, appeared on Daytime America twice, toured Taiwan three times, and recorded four albums or EPs.

 

Now, in 2020, this is their year, this is their decade. Releasing new songs every 4-6 weeks, touring, and appearing in more festivals, they are inviting you along for the ride.

 

Music is also the vehicle these energetic music-misters use to focus their intentions for a better world where life can flourish.

 

They play many benefits for anti-drug groups and pro–human-rights groups. They have supported orphanages in Ghana and Haiti and charities like the American Cancer Society. They measure their success in people helped.

 

WD-HAN is no fly-by-night band; they are the future of music in America, fulfilling the very purpose of music: to raise people to the heights of livingness where they belong.

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Discuss your recording experience with your producer.

Recently we have been working with Alex Arias. We clicked and felt that the music we made was the most “us” art we’d put out yet, while Alex’s influence brought the production to a whole new level.

 

We worked with Alex again in January of 2020. We make a great team and he’s a hell of a producer.

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Discuss what comes first and last while creating a song.

There’s no set starting point, and sometimes a new song comes from a band practice jam session, others from some lyrics Spence wrote, or a riff Cal laid down at home.

 

I think that courtesy and willingness to experiment has been our most successful songwriting method, and has led us into some awesome, weird experimentation that we’d never have gotten otherwise.

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Tell us the piece of advice you will give to a new artist.

Keep going! Being a musician isn’t a journey with a destination and no matter what audience you reach you’ll always want to do more.

 

Be diligent, work your ass off and just keep being an artist. Don’t let any number of “reasons” stop you from doing your thing!

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Tell us how you deal with rejection.

The truth is you’re not going to be accepted for every single opportunity, so if you only reach out to one person and pin all your hopes on that, it can be discouraging if you’re not answered.

 

If you are willing to submit to every opportunity that your act fits the criteria for and be willing to experience new things if you’re picked, you’d be amazed at what can happen.

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Tell us the music that makes you happy.

There is a lot of common ground with us where we love bands like Young The Giant, Third Eye Blind, Incubus, and Rival Sons.

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Tell us how you make instrumentation to your song.

There’s a bit of weird alchemy that happens with our individual tastes blending into our songwriting.

 

For example, Cal owns every Hendrix album to ever be released. Lea has an amazing ear with influences from HAIM, Alanis Morrissette, Prince, Hayley Williams (Paramore), and so many more. Altogether it brings an edge to our music that we are all proud of.

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Tell us how you feel when you sing, and your fans sing along to your song.

It is the best feeling in the world when the audience is in sync and singing along. All the work, practice, time, carrying gear is so worth it for that moment of connection.

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Tell us your approach to songwriting.

We take the approach that we’re each responsible for our own areas, and that we also must be open to suggestions from each other. That way we have full creative freedom, but we can all also put our stamp on each song.

 

It’s a hard rule in our band that we must try any suggestion, no matter who made it, or how crazy it might sound at the time.

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Tell us how you plan to develop a unique music style.

For us, it’s about looking for places where adding a unique element benefits the song.

 

We have always been a huge fan of music in general and listen to as much as we can daily. I think that comes out in our writing in a way that’s organic and natural.

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Discuss your experience with fans.

When I’m performing, I want the people there to get something from me. It doesn’t have to be a literal listening to every word, but I want them to feel what we’re trying to say as a band.

 

A concert is amazing because it’s a conversation, it’s an ebb and flow. I play that way whether it’s 50 people or thousands.

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Tell us if you consider a song placement in TV or Film.

Of course! In fact, we have a few songs in the movie, Celebrity Crush, by Oliver Robins. A spooky thriller about a fan obsessed with a celebrity and the lengths she goes to in order to meet him.

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Elaborate on the song entitled ‘Bad.’

Our latest release, ‘Bad’, is a driving, crackling blues banger that asks the age-old question of the jilted, “What were you thinking?” If you’ve ever been done wrong in love, crank this one to 11.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

We’re WD-HAN (which stands for We Don’t Have A Name) from Tampa Bay, Florida. We’re a rock trio that blends an alternative style with big, balls-out blues.  If you have Black Keys next to Third Eye Blind next to Muse on your playlists, we’ll get along fine!

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