Published on November 12th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


The Wild! Frontman Dylan Villain On The New Single “Playing With Fire,” Touring Canada & More

Without a record label, booking agent, or paid promotional team, in 2015 Canadian rock band The Wild! saw its first single “Roadhouse” hit the Canadian Active Rock radio charts. This gained The Wild! its booking agent, Ralph James, and the interest of producer Mike Fraser, who was offered frontman Dylan Villain’s ’65 Cadillac Deville to make the group’s first record. The band ultimately made a deal with North America’s biggest indie label Entertainment One (Ace Frehley, Funkmaster Flex).

The Wild!’s debut album, GxDxWxB, produced the Active Rock radio hit “Slow Burn,” which peaked at #5 in Canada. “Straight To Hell” and “What About You?” also cracked the Top 20. During this time, the band toured alongside the likes of Buckcherry, Godsmack, Korn, Rise Against, and Wolfmother.

In 2017, Wild At Heart — the second studio album by The Wild! — knocked Metallica out of the #2 spot on the iTunes Rock Charts when it debuted. “Ready To Roll” reached #4 at Active Rock radio in Canada and garnered the attention of American rock radio DJ and TV personality Eddie Trunk. This led to spots on major U.S. rock festivals Carolina Rebellion and Welcome To Rockville. Both headline and support tours also followed, this time alongside the likes of Airbourne, Steel Panther and Rose Tattoo.

“Playing With Fire” is the latest single by The Wild! — which consists of frontman Dylan Villain, guitarist/vocalist The Kid, bassist/vocalist Boozus and drummer Crash Anderson — and was its third collaboration with the aforementioned JUNO-Award winning producer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Slipknot). I had the pleasure of interviewing Dylan Villain by phone on October 21, 2019, and embedded below is audio from that conversation. More on Villain and his Wild! co-conspirators, including upcoming North American tour dates, can be found online at

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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