Wild Belle

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Wild Belle
Wild Belle at Treasure Island Music Festival 2012.jpg
Wild Belle performing at the Treasure Island Music Festival in 2012
Background information
Origin Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Columbia
Website www.wildbelle.com
Members Elliot Bergman
Natalie Bergman

Wild Belle is an American band, composed of siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman, who grew up in and around Chicago. They appeared on Conan on November 26, 2012.[1] Their debut album, Isles, was released by Columbia Records on March 12, 2013.[2] They have released three songs from the album: "Keep You" in February,[2] "Backslider", and "It's Too Late".[1] Their song "Shine" was featured on the soundtrack of the 2013 movie The Way, Way Back and in Grey's Anatomy season 9, episode 13. Their song "Keep You" was played in the movie "Pitch Perfect". In 2015 Wild Belle worked with Diplo and DJEMBA DJEMBA to write "Be Together", which is the first track off Major Lazer's third album Peace Is the Mission. The song is about a potential, but unlikely relationship. The film clip for "Be Together" depicts a widow and her partners funeral, with flash backs to the day he dies in a motorcycle accident.

Background[edit]

Elliot and Natalie Bergman are two of four children born to musician parents, who brought them up in a house full of music. Elliot, the older sibling, is a multi-instrumentalist who studied at the University of Michigan where he started an Afrobeat band called Nomo. His younger sister, Natalie, started performing with Nomo, playing tambourine and singing backing vocals when she was sixteen.

This collaboration came about almost by accident. NOMO's Elliot Bergman had spent the better part of the summer building and recording electric kalimbas in Brooklyn, when label-mate, producer/multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee asked him to send over a kalimba track for his new album. Lee, based in London, added some funky drums, bass and a smattering of steel drums, and sent it back to Bergman. When Bergman's sister, Natalie, heard the instrumental track destined for Shawn's album, she decided that she had to add some vocals. She stayed up all night writing the tune and recorded the vocals in Garage Band. The happy result is a great groove called "Upside Down", and NOMO's first vocal tune in ages.[3] Elliott and Natalie decided to branch off with their own project and chose the name, Wild Belle.[4]

Career[edit]

2013: Isles[edit]

Their debut album, entitled Isles, was released on March 12, 2013. It received its title due to every track "resembling its own island", drawing in influences from reggae, soul, and jazz music.[4]

2015–present: Dreamland[edit]

On August 2, 2015 during an interview with radio station WXRT, they announced that their second studio album would be titled Dreamland.[5] The album was released on April 15, 2016.[6]

The lead single from Dreamland, "Giving Up on You" was released on September 16, 2015.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Isles (2013)
  • Dreamland (2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roffman, Michael (27 November 2012). "Video: Wild Belle on Conan". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Wild Belle Salute First Love in 'Keep You' - Premiere". Rolling Stone. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Wild Belle - 'Upside Down'". 
  4. ^ a b "Wild Belle - 'Isles'". NME. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wild Belle Announces New Album Title, Impromptu Adding Members To Their Band, and What It’s Like Growing Up In a Musical Family". WXRT. CBS Local. August 2, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ "New Album Coming Soon". January 27, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Giving Up on You - Single by Wild Belle on iTunes". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 

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