Interview with Eric Jayk from Wildstreet
This is the next interview with vocalist and leader of another great and very promising band “Wildstreet” from NYC that becomes more and more popular.
It’s the second time when “Wildstreet” is featured on eghts.com . I would like to tell something about them in a few words. Below there is my favorite and last video from Wildstreet, but I think you should also visit their YouTube channel and of course Facebook fan page 😀
Question: Hey Eric,
I love the last video you recorded, I mean “Easy Does It”. It reminds me a bit Motley Crue’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” video – but it seems that the whole inspiration lays only in a few elements (eg. girls appearance, 😛 ) and you decided to present something else and make completely different impression. Am I right with my interpretation?
Eric Jayk: First, I gotta thank you so much for watching the video and supporting the band!
Honestly, in the ‘Easy Does It’ video we were just trying to capture what it’s like to hang out with Wildstreet … We love and respect Crüe but have no interest in recreating what they already did 25 years ago…We’re Wildstreet and not trying to be anyone but us…
Q: The majority of people nowadays wants rather to “watch” than “listen”. It is a conclusion of the watching most popular videos on YouTube. I think that you did a great job with all your videos especially the last one – ass-kicking videos for ass-kicking music. I hope that it’s not your last work.
I would like to ask if you are going to record new spectacular “video-baits” in the future?
EJ: I promise you and all Wildstreet fans we will have many more music videos that will definitely kick ass!
Q: Are you rather “glam”,”hair” or “sleaze” metal band?
EJ: We consider ourselves to be “New York City Rock ‘n’ Roll.” NYC is unlike any other city in the world…diverse, artistic, sophisticated and tough, dirty, and sexy… Wildstreet is all that and more… We can play alongside “glam”,”hair” or “sleaze” metal bands and just as easily, play with punk bands (the Bouncing Souls) or metal bands (Avenged Sevenfold).
Q: When did you become a fan of glam metal music and what is your most favorite band from 80s decade?
EJ: When I was a child, I saw Aerosmith’s “Angel” video on MTV and told my mother I wanted to be that guy and that guy (pointing to Steven Tyler and Joe Perry)… 2 months later I convinced my parents to buy me a guitar and I started taking guitar lessons….to name a few of my favorite 70s/80s bands : Hanoi Rocks, The Cult, Cinderella, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, AC/DC, (early) Bon Jovi , Judas Priest, Dio but the list goes on…
Q: To balance out, do you listen to other new glam metal school bands. [If yes, what’s your favorite?]
EJ: My favorite “new” bands:
Black Tora, Lynam, The Last Vegas, Ragdoll, Diemonds, Sunset Riot
not so “new” bands: The Darkness, Airborne, Buckcherry, The 69Eyes, Crashdiet, Reckless Love, Hardcore Superstar…and so many more..
Q: When are you going to record and put out the next album?
EJ: That will be decided in the coming weeks… We’re definitely leaning towards releasing the cd around the new year, but as always there are a number of questions that need to be answered before we can say for sure..
Q: Have you ever thought about recording some covers of 80s/early 90s glam songs and releasing as a bonus tracks to the albums?
EJ: We have talked about releasing an EP of covers although not specifically “glam” songs (The covers we play live range from INXS to The Misfits to Cheap Trick)..
Q: There are lots of forgotten, “aggresive” songs and anthems from forgotten bands (Cats In Boots, Keel, Krokus, McQueen Street, Wildside, Child’s Play, …) and I am certain that it should bring a lot of attention to your new songs.
What do you think about new albums of “resurrected” 80s bands: Hardline, Great White, Beggars & Thieves, Trixter, Sebastian Bach and House Of Lords?
EJ: Some of them I really like, some not so much… Def Leppard’s last single “Undefeated” was unbelieveable!!