If you’re interested in knowing about the second coming of Janis Joplin or any other female powerhouse from the 60s, then look no further than JJ Wilde. The Canadian rocker shocked fans in 2020 when her single “The Rush” pushed its way onto mainstream rock playlists and active radio stations across Canada. She began breaking radio records previously held by Pearl Jam and captivated listeners with her raspy vocals and badass mentality. You can catch her now on tour with The Record Company and with The Glorious Sons in early 2022. Music Existence caught up with Wilde to discuss life back on the road, go-to road trip songs and more.
1. Best advice for life on the road?
JJ Wilde: Treat your space like it’s your home and do little rituals that feel comfortable and familiar. For example, I’ll clean the tour bus and light candles just to make the space nice and cozy. Give yourself breaks and try to stay healthy as much as you can. Also, try to get out and see new things! Whether you’re into parks or architecture, make a point to live like a tourist wherever you go to get the most out of it.
2. Go-to road trip song?
JJ Wilde: I have a few! “Masterpiece” by Big Thief is a big one for me when I’m on the road. Anything by Tom Petty, we’ve been blasting a lot of his music this entire tour. The band and I are currently obsessed with “Security” by Amyl and the Sniffers, that’s our tour song.
3. You can bring any new band with you on tour, who’s coming?
JJ Wilde: Monowhales! I love them, we’d have a great time on the road.
4. What’s something about touring you never thought you’d miss but did over lockdown?
JJ Wilde: Honestly, I missed all of it! Well, maybe not the venue showers. It’s funny how you miss home while on the road, but then I was at home consistently and got bored of it.
5. Who will YOU be catching live this year?
JJ Wilde: I haven’t thought too much about going to concerts, I’ve just thought about playing them myself! But I’d love to see Shakey Graves and Adele. I’d like to see Kings of Leon again. And Maren Morris – I love her.
Catch JJ Wilde on tour now! Tickets can be found here.
11/10 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre ^
11/11 – Des Moines, IA – Woolys ^
11/13 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre ^
11/14 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre ^
11/16 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory ^
11/17 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre ^
11/18 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre ^
11/20 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore ^
11/22 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom ^
06-Dec Paris, FR at La Maroquinerie (Headlining show)
1/20 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom =
1/21 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom =
1/22 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom =
1/25 – Vernon, BC – Performing Arts Centre =
1/28 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Convention Centre =
1/29 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall =
1/31 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s =
2/1 – Red Deer, AB – Bo’s =
2/3 – Lethbridge, AB – Enmax Centre =
2/5 – Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place =
2/9 – Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre =
2/10 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Place =
2/16 – Ottawa, ON – TD Place =
2/17 – Peterborough, ON – Memorial Centre =
2/19 – London, ON – Bud Gardens =
2/22 – Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square =
2/23 – Windsor, ON – Chrysler Theatre =
2/26 – St. Catharines, ON – Meridian Centre =
3/3 – Montreal, QC – Mtelus =
3/4 – Quebec City, QC – Impérial Bell =
30-May Leuven, BE at Het Depot (Headlining show)
31-May Cologne, DE at MTC (Headlining show)
01-Jun Amsterdam, NL at Paradiso (Headlining show)
06-Jun Berlin, DE at Badehaus (Headlining show)
09-Jun Nickelsdorf, AT at Nova Rock Festival
10-Jun Donnington, UK at Download Festival
14-Jun London, UK at The Lexington (Headlining show)
^ with The Record Company
= with The Glorious Sons