Wiley Griffin has been tearing up the guitar since he was just 10 years old. He has played in various bands in the festival circuit including Mun before moving to Brooklyn-based band Teddy Midnight. Having only been in the “electro-dance-funk” band for a year, Wiley Griffin brings a whole new energy and range to their sound. We sat down with him right after a killer set at Disc Jam in Stephentown, NY earlier this month for light and fun interview to talk about the band, favorite collaborations, and breakfast food.
EC: What has the year been like since you joined Teddy Midnight back in August 2015?
WG: It’s been amazing! When we first got together that very first rehearsal we realized that more than one of us produces in the band on Ableton Live. We had like four or five tracks that we could just pump out right away that we had worked on separately before, had ideas and then just brought them to the table as a band so they kind of just went right away. So it was nice that right away we had a set and then we hit the road pretty hard. I think we’ve done 60+ shows since August, probably more. We’ve been everywhere. We’ve been in New Hampshire, Vermont a bunch. We’ve been playing at Nectar’s a lot. Everywhere. It’s been great!
EC: How has the experience been different than some of your past projects such as Mun?
WG: I’d say Teddy Midnight is a little more electronically based. We use backing tracks and do the livetronic thing. Other than that it’s just been…I can’t say one was better than the other but as far as where my artistic…I really like where Teddy Midnight is and what we are doing. I have a lot of fun working with these guys.
EC: So many bands have different goals. Some want to be festival headliners, others want to be Top 40 – I’m guessing that is not your intention. What is the goal of Teddy Midnight?
WG: It’s the number one goal to take over in 2017 (laughs). We have an album coming out. I spent all day yesterday editing our very first music video for “Turkish Silva” and that was awesome. We actually started that process last October so to have that 90 percent ready to go is a great feeling! Other than that it’s just, we’re pushing to get more of our artistic assets out. We have a lot of songs on the back burner. We rehearse a lot. We record a lot.
EC: When does the new album come out?
WG: We don’t have a date.
EC: Is there a theme to the album?
WG: Well I would say that when we first got together to play music and write songs, all the songs that were the impetus to Teddy Midnight are on that album. So I would say that was the theme; a new birth to the band. New music and a new sound.
EC: You’ve spent a lot of time in Albany but Teddy Midnight is a Brooklyn based band. What are your ties to Albany?
WG: So interestingly enough, we go way back. I can’t remember the name of this one bar…Jillian’s! So the first time I was ever in Albany I was in band called Mophat and that was like my hometown bar band. We opened up for Twiddle there I think in 2008 or 2009. I remember going there for the first time and it was just a ghost town but like a music ghost town because you could hear acoustic ramblings all up in the bar and in the distance. It’s just an awesome town, I really liked it. It reminded me of the old west except that it’s so far up north. So that was the first time I played at Jillian’s which is no longer there. So that was my first time there. But Adam, our drummer, is actually from Albany. So he has a lot of friends up there and ties there. For some reason Albany keeps coming up as far as where we book and it’s been great. It’s been a lot of fun.