A seemingly effortless mastery of psychedelic reggae fused with cool, ’70s glamour made us fall hard for Chicago-based Wild Belle. Get to know half of the brother/sister act before catching the band this weekend at Treasure Island.
Describe your sound in five words or less.
From the soul and tropical.
Who are you most excited to see at Treasure Island?
Toro Y Moi. We’ve been listening to him in the van for the past few weeks. I love the sounds he creates on the record — and all of his funky, colorful artwork that walks beside the vibrant music.
What are your favorite outfits to wear while performing?
On this tour, I’ve been resorting to one blouse that reminds me of David Bowie during glam rock. And I have a dope pair of platform shoes that have glitter on them. I like to be colorful, but if I’m feeling dark, I’ll end up wearing only black.
What is the most unexpected item you never forget to pack?
An X-Acto knife. I carry a small toolbox with me that houses glue sticks, extra blades, stamps, ink, etc. I am a maniac for collaging, so I need the tools to create one wherever I go.
What is your spirit animal?
Perhaps, a hawk. We look high and wide for them when we’re driving. They seem to carry an importance and dignity as they soar. And after all, I’m an Aquarius, which is the zodiac element of air.
If you were a crayon in the Crayola 64 big box, what color would you be and why?
I’m not sure it’s in there, but I would absolutely be gold (or I’d blend colors together to try and create a similar color). Why? Because I like it; I tend to wear lots of it (bells, sequins, jewelry).
Wild Belle performs Sunday, at Treasure Island Music Festival, 291 Avenue of the Palms. To buy tickets ($130-$240), go to treasureislandfestival.com. For more information, go to wildbelle.com. Download Wild Belle tracks at itunes.com.
Photo: Caleb Condit / Courtesy of Wild Belle