Festivals Pre-Pohoda Festival chats with Dream Wife

The ‘Wives have been hard at work in the studio after a Really Quite Busy year - now they’re excited to return to the road.

Liam Gallagher, The 1975 and Skepta are the big names at this year’s Pohoda Festival, with Mac DeMarco, Death Grips, Sofi Tukker, LIFE and Show Me The Body also all Slovakia-bound for a festival that also includes panels with titles such as ‘Humorous Backstage Talk’, ‘When You Want To Get Off Your Skin’ and ‘Adventure of a Flax Seed’.

We caught up with Dream Wife to find out more ahead of their set at this year’s festival!

Hello, Dream Wife! We’ve seen you’ve been in the studio - how is the new material coming along?

Yes we are! Last year started with us releasing our debut album, and we pretty much toured the whole year. It was a whirlwind. I think we counted it at Christmas, in total we’d played 150 shows all over the world. We met many people that we connected with through music and were inspired by conversations, experiences and just living this road life. We’ve now taken time off from touring to be able to put these ideas into songs and also to relax, see family and friends. When you can pause, breathe, that’s when the creative flow can start again. Writing again has been a pure joy and we’re excited for the next phase. We’re gonna keep on writing a bit more though, it’s too fun to stop just right now.

Presumably it’s been exciting to return to the stage?

Even though we’ve been enjoying writing and staying still we’re beyond excited for the summer festival runs to start! The live show is how we started and nothing really beats the energy, freedom, thrill of connecting with a live audience. Playing some of the new songs that are still in the early writing stages live for the first time to the crowds, testing out the feels, it’s a rush! We know it’s a good song if the audience is already singing along to it even though they’ve never heard it before, or a mosh pit has started and the energy levels are high! It’s the best way to see if they’ll make the cut to a record. The reaction we’ve had so far has really taken us by surprise, in a very good way.

Have you ever played in Slovakia before?

It’s our first time! Have always wanted to, so we’re thrilled we got invited. Bring it! Because we sure will.

The word ‘pohoda’ roughly translates to ‘relax’: what are Dream Wife’s favourite ways to relax?

We love hanging in parks with friends. There are so many nice green spaces around London. And of course the old graveyards. That’s a very nice way to relax: going to the graveyard for a picnic.

Pohoda Festival takes place in Trenčin, Slovakia from 11th-13th July.

Tags: Dream Wife, Pohoda, Festivals, Features, Interviews

As featured in the July 2019 issue of DIY, out now.

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