Interview & Photos by Kalin Pham-Nguyen
What’s the story behind the name “Girl Wilde?
When I was younger, my mom would always say “girl you’re crazy, you’re wild”. And as a kid, it would always annoy me, but as an adult I chose to own it and that’s why I chose the name. And also, Girl Wilde because I feel like I am a mixture of both masculine and feminine energy and it was a way for me to combine the two of them.
What was your inspiration for your newest single, “Probably Crying”?
To be honest, I was having a terrible day, along with my co-writer, and so we had a bottle of Aperol and a bottle of Champagne and we wrote “Probably Crying”. It’s about learning to come to terms with unrealistic expectations in relationships. It reflects on how we usually want other people to make us feel better but sometimes we need to be that person for ourselves and let it out.
Who do you look up to when it comes to music?
I say I look up to a lot of people. Julia Michaels, I think she’s like the best songwriter ever, Paramore, Kacey Musgraves, she’s like one of the most fantastic artists ever, Maggie Rogers. Sonically, I’d say I’m inspired a lot by my old emo days, like Blink-182.
Who taught you music and why did you decide on this industry?
No one necessarily taught me. My mom’s a singer, and when I was little I would sing and my parents realized it was something I loved doing and that I could do it, and so it was something that they really supported and wanted to nurture that aspect of me.
When it comes to being in the media, what would you say has been your biggest sacrifice?
The fact that your friends have the ability to screenshot something you’ve said, and your private stuff isn’t always private. That’s the main thing, there’s no real sense of privacy.
What’s the weirdest encounter you’ve had with someone in the industry or a fan?
In the industry, this one time I met JC Chasez, and as a kid I was obsessed with NSYNC, and the first and only thing that came out of my mouth was “I have a blanket with your face on it”. He took it like a champ, but he definitely thought it was really weird and we just left it at that.
What’s your guilty pleasure song?
Definitely, “Who Knew” by P!NK and “Pieces of Me” by Ashley Simpson.