Indie-Pop Duo WAYFARERS Open Up About New Music, Favorite Artists and More!
Posted On 25 Apr 2017
Wayfarers is an indie-pop duo formed by Katie Cecil, former guitarist of the Walt Disney / Buena Vista Records all-girl rock band KSM, and Anthony Purpura, who formerly played in bands such as For the Foxes and Stereo Skyline. They have been on the rise since the debut of “Just Our Style“ in 2015.
They recently unveiled a new infectious track called “KINGS.” It’s a wildly catchy tune of nostalgia, paying homage to the recklessness of our youth and love for music. The track is a more mature look into Wayfarers’ creative brain, while staying true to their upbeat, infectious roots. A more minimalistic approach to production than a few of the earlier songs, it leaves room for the melody to shine above all else.
On their music, Wayfarers stated:
“‘LET LOOSE. The world is yours. Our music is generally really positive and “feel-good,” with a fun beat you can dance and rock out to.” – Wayfarers
The duo met years ago while both were touring in other bands; Katie in a band called KSM which toured with acts like Demi Lovato, and Anthony in a band called For The Foxes, which toured with acts such as Echosmith. When their previous bands dissolved, Katie and Anthony were immediately drawn to each other creatively and formed Wayfarers. The band aspires to create positive songs with uplifting messages and melodies over upbeat guitar riffs. That formula, in addition to their love of indie-pop, makes for a sound that is uniquely their own without reinventing the wheel. Their music is quickly gaining people’s’ attention, with nearly 898K Spotify spins with more and more activity each day. In addition, the duo has had their infectious songs featured in ads by companies such as Shoedazzle, Facebook, Verizon, and more.
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Learn more about Wayfarers in the following All Access interview:
Hey there Wayfarers! Thank you for taking the time to share your musical journey with us, we are excited to learn more about you. Let’s start off by talking about your newest single, “KINGS”! Can you tell us about the inspiration and meaning behind the song?
“KINGS” is all about letting go, having fun and not letting anyone or anything hold you back. We wanted to make a song that gets people dancing.
How do you feel your sound has changed since the release of your debut single, “Just Our Style”?
Our sound has matured a little since then and the production has developed a lot. We’re experimenting with new sounds and with this song we’ve added in a little throwback feel.
I’d love to hear how the two of you (Katie Cecil and Anthony Purpura) came together after your time in KSM and For the Foxes?
Our former bands both ended years ago and since then we’ve both been pursuing music on our own. Anthony flew out to LA to visit a mutual friend of ours and we met at a party where everyone was playing music together – we joined in and everyone noticed how much we clicked musically. Our friends told us we should start a band, and we were like, “why not?!”
Can you tell us about your individual contributions to Wayfarers? What do you do Katie? What do you do Anthony?
Katie: I play the microphone.
Anthony: I play the guitar and dabble in a little bit of everything.
How would you describe your style of music? What can people expect when they listen to you?
Our music is upbeat, fun, “feel-good” music. People can expect to dance and have a good time!
Who are some of your biggest musical influences? What is it about them that most inspires you?
Katie: I’ve always been strongly influenced by Pink, Gwen Stefani and Katy Perry. I think they’re bad-ass women who take a lot of risks and aren’t afraid of what people may think of them – they each have a very unique style and personality that translates through their music and performances.
Anthony: Brand New, The Killers , and Fall Out Boy were my favorite bands growing up. Their songs tell stories, with deep lyrics and meaning and that was a big influence for me.
What musician would you most like to work with in the future? Why?
Katie: I’d love to collaborate with any of the females I listed above, I think they’d be great mentors. I also think Bruno Mars would be a dream to get into the studio with. His style is so cool. And I ALSO think it’d be really cool to have a big DJ do a sick remix of one of our songs.
Anthony: It’d be really cool if a DJ would remix one of our songs. Jon Bellion would be really cool to work with. His writing is incredible.
How do you approach songwriting? How do you capture the inspiration when it comes?
Ideas pop into our heads all the time, day or night – it’s helpful to write it down or sing it into your iPhone recorder app the second it comes along so you don’t forget it.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
Be sure to check out for our music video for “KINGS” coming VERY soon! We’re very excited, it was so much fun to make and we can’t wait to share it with everyone.