The Complete Interview: Hot Chick in Hard Rock Laura Wilde

When we interviewed Australian singer-guitarist Laura Wilde for our Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock issue (See page 50), we discussed several topics, including her musical roots, touring with Ted Nugent and her life as a student.

Unfortunately, due to space constraints, we couldn’t include most of the interview. But that’s what the Internet is for! Read what she has to say below!

REVOLVER: When did you first start playing music? When did you start playing guitar, specially?

Reluctantly, I started learning the piano at age 4 at the will of my parents, although I always had my sights set on the guitar from a young age. I was finally allowed to start playing the guitar when I was 12. My teacher was a touring musician so he rarely used to actually show up to the lessons, but I was able to use that time to learn the songs I wanted at my own pace so the time wasn’t at all wasted.

What bands got you into hard rock and metal? How did you discover them?

My parents were young when they had my brother and me and were very much into rock and roll, so our television was always playing Rage ABC, an Australian music program. My earliest memories are of my brother and me, as babies, standing very close to the TV with pots and spoons and whatever else we could fashion into an instrument, rocking out to the music. The bands at the time were Faith No More, Green Jello and System of a Down. As some of the clips were scary, we’d drop our instruments and hide behind the sofa until it was “safe” to come out again.

How would you describe your music?

Hard rock infused with a glam and punk. Lots of blazing guitars and heavy drum beats.

What was it like touring with Ted Nugent? Any good stories?

It has been the most amazing learning experience. The Nugent crew runs an extremely tight ship, so it’s sink or swim. We are all learning about the nightly technical difficulties. Recently our van sprung an engine leak so we all had to wait for a whole day in the customer-service area. It was priceless seeing the looks on people’s faces when they would come in to wait for their car, seeing a mostly black-haired, tattooed smelly rock band sleeping all over the fancy sofas. They would turn on their heels and scuttle out immediately.

Since this is also our “back to school” issue, some school-related questions: How would you describe your school experience?

I found the environment to be extremely conservative and suppressive. We had to wear a uniform every day and it was more academic than creative. I can’t exactly say I’ve missed it.

What kind of student were you? A nerd or a troublemaker or somewhere in between?

I guess I was a cross between a nerd and a troublemaker. I used to annoy the teachers by constantly talking in class and distracting whoever was sitting nearby, but always got my work done. You could say I was involved in the appropriate amount of mischief.

What’s the worst trouble you got into while in school?

It was whilst I was involved in the school play when I was in 10th grade. I missed an entire semester of classes and rehearsals due to glandular fever, so when the first night of the play rolled around my character wasn’t very well fleshed out and quite boring as I had just done the bare minimum of learning my lines. On the second night, however, I experimented with my role by turning it into a larger-than-life character, which happened to turn the death scene of Les Miserables into a roaring comedy. It brought the house down, but the entire cast and all the teachers involved wouldn’t speak to me afterwards. I was banned from any plays or drama subjects for the remaining years of school.

Did you ever skip school due to hard rock or metal?

I missed an entire morning of school once because I was at my first Jet concert until late the night before. I kept the ticket as a souvenir, and let’s just say my parents were far from impressed when they found it.

Did you ever have any run-ins with bullies?

The fashionista girls at school were always having a dig at my clothes because I dressed like a rocker. Funny thing was that when that style came into fashion they were all wearing black T-shirts of bands that they had never heard of.

Did music help you get through school? If so, how?

Playing the guitar was always very therapeutic when I was stressed out. I used to spend a lot of my lunch times in the music room on the drums and bass guitar as well because I didn’t have any other access to play them.

 

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  • Brett Ramsey

    Good thing she is hot, otherwise she wouldn’t even be noticed.