Indie rockers Wilderado didn’t set out to become an overnight success making music. They formed in 2015 and released their debut EP, Misty Shrub, in 2016. The same year, they found breakout success with their second EP, Latigo, when it garnered over 18 million streams on Spotify.
Since then, the band has had some incredible experiences including opening for Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac for over 20 shows. They also played the main stage at Lollapalooza. Hitting these milestones marked memorable “make it” moments in the LA-based group’s musical journey and the momentum is not lost on lead singer/guitarist Max Rainer.
He talked about the noticeable shift in the band’s popularity and evolution in a recent AXS interview during a BBVA Music Sessions performance in Austin.
“Honestly, building a fan base has just been getting out on the road, playing shows to 10 people, going back to that city and maybe there are 20 people next time,” Rainer explained. “For the past three years, we’ve been constantly on the road, grinding it out. Fortunately, we’ve reached the point where we’re starting to play to bigger crowds. People are coming for us. It’s been pretty natural, which has been awesome. It’s been a fun experience.”
Wilderado dropped their third EP, Favors, to critical acclaim last year. The Oklahoma native group released their new single, “Surefire,” this summer. Watch the band’s entire interview above.