Getting To Know... The Mild West

After establishing their sound with a wealth of bright and euphoric offerings these last few years, Chicago-based outfit The Mild West kick off their 2023 with the uplifting new delight 'Pathetic'.

Channelling the same broad and soaring energy as The 1975, 'Pathetic' makes for a wonderfully fun and joyous listen. With its fresh and upbeat textures, soaring atmosphere, and vibrant hooks layered throughout, they are certainly ones to keep a firm eye on for the years ahead.

So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with them to find out more about their origins and what has been inspiring them lately.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?


What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

Soundtracks (Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings)

What was the first album you remember owning?

Healing Rain - Michael W. Smith

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

Human - The Killers

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

Try and capture a feeling or experience with a sound. Start with experimenting across different instruments.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Cautious Clay, Palo Nutini, Abby Holliday.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

The Killers

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

Watching both strangers and friends sing along.

And what is the most frustrating part?

The lack of clear structure for artist development.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?

Create the songs that you wished existed but don’t yet exist. Those are the songs that only you can create and thus have a responsibility to create.


The Mild West's new single 'Pathetic' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.