Vancouver-based artist Wild Dove recently unveiled his EP, Helicopter Leaves & Childhood Memories.
With Wild Dove’s second EP, Helicopter Leaves & Childhood Memories, we see Wild Dove expand his love of nostalgic songwriting coupled with uplifting melodies and life-affirming narratives. The EP opens with the title track, a 7-minute Abbey Road-inspired medley, co-produced by former Echo Nebraska member and WCMA-nominated audio engineer Andy Schinter (Sleepy Gonzales, Anna Katarina). “Soak up the Light” was produced by Jon Anderson (Ocie Elliot, Aidan Knight).
My name’s Devan Christodoulou. I live in New Westminster, BC. I’m engaged to be married. I’m a father. Outside of music, I enjoy regular exercise, Listening to podcasts, audiobooks, and Hockey Night in Canada. I started “Wild Dove” shortly after my previous band, Echo Nebraska, dissolved in 2019. I had no reason to stop writing and releasing music. I wanted to create a moniker that I could collaborate with different producers and musicians and write in various genres to create content with the intention of touching hearts.
Helicopter Leaves and Childhood Memories is a concept EP. One of my favourite albums of all time is Abbey Road by The Beatles. I’ve always wanted to release a medley. It just so happened that I had little pieces of songs that never found a home until I sat down and structured a medley. Andy Schichter of Park Sound Studios in North Van co-produced, engineered, and mixed the medley; he was instrumental in bringing everything together. I was fortunate enough to work with some talented artists to help glue the missing pieces together. The Medley reflects upon life, love, and childhood. There are themes of wilderness, escape, and loneliness throughout.
I’m inspired by life. Anything that happens to me, or things that happen to people around me. I have no issues writing in fiction to showcase some thoughts and ideas I have. I also will create from emotional expression. I tend to let my intuition take over. Oftentimes, I don’t know what a song is about until it’s already written. Melody usually comes first for me, and then the rest follows. However, I will use many songwriting techniques to help keep the creative juices flowing. I’m always reading and researching songwriters and how they find inspiration to write. There’s no wrong way. I’ve even tried a more focused, structured way of writing, starting with the title and writing the lyrics based on a specific theme. It’s all lovely.
April 20th, 2023, at Guilt and Co in Vancouver. I have some other events throughout the summer and fall. I look forward to scheduling some mini-tours and hitting up the brewery scene in Western Canada.
Ultimately, I want to create, express, and perform with integrity and passion. If I continue to improve in these areas, I’m hitting my goal every day. However, I have some songs mixed and mastered that I will release shortly. I also plan on heading back into the studio to record some new material.
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