Gypsy Wagyn Band has played almost 300 shows at close to 100 different venues across the Midwestern United States. With an ever-changing setlist and new material being written all the time the show is never the same way twice. Gypsy Wagyn Band plays a variety of music ranging from: Original Music, Cover Songs, Rock & Roll, Classic Rock, Folk, Blues, Funk, Americana, Country and more!
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
We consider our musical genre is best described as a blend of Psychedelic-Blues-Funk-Rock&Roll. While we can be very serious and summon emotions from the depths of your soul, we can also be lighthearted and fun depending on what song you are listening to. We have a sound unlike any other band because of the way Austin builds our songs using live-loop pedals combined with the sheer power of Robyn's vocals.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
There is always a story. Before we were "Gypsy Wagyn" we were just Robyn and Austin playing music. At one point, we almost called ourselves the "Abandoned Van Bandanna Band," but what a mouthful! We knew we would eventually take our show on the road and an opportunity presented itself in the shape of a second-hand 1984 Coachman motor-home. It was deliciously retro. Everything about this thing made us want to hit the road. We needed time and it needed work, it was perfect. On the way home for the first time Robyn, Austin and Daniel (Robyn's son) came up with the name Gypsy Wagon spelled with a Y because Robyn spells her name with a Y and, why not? So, in pencil, Daniel wrote "Gypsy Wagyn" on the inside passenger wall. From that moment on we have called ourselves the "Gypsy Wagyn Band."
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
A band's musical influences can shape not only the sound of the band but also each musician individually. Austin's past experiences have brought him from Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Rock&Roll and Blues to R&B, Folk and Original. Some of his greatest influences have been Jimmy Page, Joe Walsh, Derek Trucks, Gene Simmons and The Beatles. Robyn's classical background takes her through Opera, Gospel, R&B, Blues, Folk and Musical Theater. Some of her influences include Luciano Pavarotti, Janis Joplin, Freddie Mercury, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We have just completed self-producing two new albums: "Elements of the Unknown," and "Reflections," which we will be promoting on a self-directed tour across the US in the next year. The albums are both scheduled to be released just prior to our first red-carpet event at the Hard Rock Live, Las Vegas. We have been selected to receive the award for "Best of Las Vegas: Outstanding Musical Duo" at the Producers Choice Honors Awards Show Press Event on April 17th, where we have also been asked to perform a 13 minute set including a 2 song tribute to Mr. Ron Nevison and 1 original song. Look forward to hearing more about Gypsy Wagyn Band following this performance.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Our goal in the music industry is keep growing, learning and finding success. We are going to keep writing albums, touring and performing on a larger scale. We have a quality show, brand and product because the talent and passion is there. The show sells itself, and we are going to roll with it until someone picks us up and signs us.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
The favorite track to perform live changes as frequently as a new song is written. We both love playing a song that gets the crowd on their feet and having a good time. Other times we like to play something slower and thought provoking. Our new song "Hi Jolly" from the "Reflections" album might be the band favorite right now because of the fun, bouncy beat and catchy chorus. We might write a new song next week that will become the new favorite. The important thing here is that we get to perform our own music live, and that is the biggest part of the dream for us.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Every touring band faces challenges. One of the most difficult and time-consuming challenges we faced as a band was making a name for ourselves away from our home-base. Without any local support it can be difficult to book a paying gig. We had to be creative, patient and affordable to get our foot in the door of a lot of places.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
The thought that songwriting could ever be considered typical, or that there is a perfect process for writing that one person could explain to another seems to be almost impossible when composing or writing music. We have composed much of our original music through improvisation and fine tuning. Every band has their process.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media is a stronger force than we gave credit for. At first, we utilized our Facebook page primarily as a place to keep track of our shows and photos. As the page began to grow with interactive fans, we began to take it more seriously. Today, we post as often as we can and try to keep our friends and fans interested in what's happening with photos, songs and videos. It gives us a chance to connect with our audience on a different, and sometimes more personal level. At this time, we have over 10K online fans, subscribers and followers.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Our playlist, like our set-list is always changing, evolving and growing. At this moment we are listening to music that has been produced, mixed or engineered by Ron Nevison. These include artists such as Led Zepplin, Freddie Mercury, Kiss, Heart, Bad Company, The Who, Rolling Stones, Meatloaf and Lynryd Skynryd.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
It is hard to determine what was happening in our lives before music. Before Gypsy Wagyn was formed, we were both making music in other projects. Austin worked at various factories for income and Robyn was a bartender and full-time student. It was over a year of playing shows before we were comfortable working as musicians full-time.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
The world is full of advice. Be honest about who you are and what you want in the music world. Develop yourself, your show and your sound and promote yourself. Be patient, be persistent, be creative and most of all don't ever stop making music.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
We don't know the music industry well enough to say what should change if we were in charge, but we would be looking for artists like us. People who create music, take risks, compose and perform original music with a true talent and love of the art should be recognized for their contributions in music.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is what sets us apart from everyone else. Think about all the greats in your history. What was it about them that stands out in your mind? They were different. No one sounded like them, no one looked like them. They were the originals. Our definition of originality is that it is a concept that defines a person, song-writer, performer, band or group. It's like a guideline to remind you to be true to yourself. The feeling of creating something completely original, that no one has ever heard before, can be the most satisfying experience in the life of a musician.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
We just want our music to bring joy to people on a larger scale.
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