Oduring his extensive and impressive career, Steve wynn has released more than 30 albums spread across his many projects. Along the way, he performed for audiences of all sizes around the world, toured with U2 and REM, composed scores for TV and film and spent time on a major record label. He has seen all sides of the music industry on stage for decades, and he did not want to change anything. Before he released influential and timeless albums with The dream syndicate, to have a successful solo career, and write super-specific sports songs with The baseball project, Wynn was a child -like a real child! -Played in short-lived youth outfits like The Light Bulbs and Sudden Death Overtime.
With more than 50 years of musical experience to spare, Wynn has lots of amazing stories to tell. Fortunately, he was willing to share some of them with My First Band host Tyler Maas before he started a trip to the United States next month. During the discussion, Wynn talked about his upcoming run of intimate solo shows (including one at URSA here in Milwaukee Saturday, September 11) and his excitement about performing live again after a pandemic-induced break. Of course, the conversation eventually went to Wynn’s upbringing in Los Angeles among other young artists, his formative creative years at UC Davis, the origins and immediate emergence of The Dream Syndicate, The Baseball Projects upcoming album, highlights from his long career and his gratitude for every step on the road.
My first band is sponsored by Mystery Room Mastering and Brewery by the sea. The show has been edited by Jared blohm. You can listen to My First Band on itunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and where else you get podcasts. You can also listen to reruns of previous My First Band episodes on WMSE every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 CST. The music used in this episode is courtesy of The devils’ teeth (“The Junction Street Eight Tigers”) and The Dream Syndicate (“Tell Me When It’s Over”).