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Tuesday, March 26th 2013

Exclusive Interview: 5 Questions for Wild Cub

Formed in early 2012 by songwriter/composer Keegan DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock, Wild Cub’s upbeat music has earned the indie band kudos from the American and the UK press, and they’ve found at least one fan in fashion (though we suspect they have far more than one). The group had an integral role in the Rebecca Minkoff fall 2013 show, playing “Thunder Clatter,” from their latest album Youth, as models walked the runway.

We tapped the band to play a part in our Rebecca Minkoff lookbook, launched today, and the five fellas had a fine time with model Heather Marks. While on set, we snagged a few minutes with Keegan to talk tunes, fashion, and inspiration.

SHOPBOP: Wild Cub has a very unique, blended sound. How would you describe your music?
KEEGAN DEWITT: A summer night drive with the windows cracked, music playing. Someone sitting in the seat next to you staring out the window as the lights pass. A thousand things happening in your mind. Your stomach feels crazy. You're not heading anywhere specific. You're just driving and not wanting to stop.

SB: You have had a huge year, playing Bonnaroo, SXSW, and more. Did you ever expect to play a New York Fashion Week runway?
KD: It was surreal to say the least. Standing there with all the bright lights, everyone staring, and the blizzard beating down outside. We had just hopped off a redeye, no one had slept, and suddenly, cameras were rolling, models were walking. Felt a little insane.

That being said, our entire record is inspired by things other than music—film, photos, fashion. We were honored to be part of it.

Top: Jeremy Bullock and Keegan DeWitt (photo courtesy of Wild Cub). Above: The whole band with model Heather Marks, who is modeling pieces from Rebecca Minkoff’s spring collection.

SB: At the Rebecca Minkoff show, you preformed an extended version of “Thunder Clatter.” What is it about that song that played so well with her fall looks?
KD: "Thunder Clatter" is about that chaotic spark at the very beginning of something bigger than you. Staring into a wide open new world that wasn't there before—the bravery and the risk that goes with that. It's also about things coming into focus, things taking a new shape that you hadn't expected, and you just bravely walk forward and say "here we go." All of Rebecca's looks are so confident and forward, adventurous but really timeless. Classy and beautiful, but adventurous.

SB: Music is so often an inspiration for designers in the fashion world. Where do you draw inspiration from? Are there bands that influence your work?
KD: I'm really inspired by filmmakers and writers. Big favorites would be Wong Kar-Wai, Terrence Malick, and Claire Denis for film, and Philip Larkin, Walker Percy, and Frost for writers. We are also huge listeners in terms of music. We are all constantly digging for new stuff. There is a bunch of stuff that has been on regular circulation in the van and studio, big ones being Chairlift, Toro Y Moi, Disclosure, SBTRKT, and Little Dragon.

SB: If you could have written any song in history, which would it be?
KD: In HISTORY... That'd be either "Since I Fell For You" by Nina Simone or "Try A Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding. RECENTLY, I'd say "Sweet Nothing" by Calvin Harris.

Check out the Rebecca Minkoff lookbook featuring Wild Cub.
Visit the Wild Cub official website.
Wild Cub's album, Youth, is available. Buy it now on Amazon.com

Keegan’s playlist on Spotify:

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