Wild Son is comprised of the funkiest drummer/bassist combination locked in with a high-energy violinist and a catchy singer-songwriter identity.

The band released a 4 track EP in January, 2013 and released their debut album December of 2015. With a busy Summer ahead expect to see an acoustic EP in the fall of 2016 as well as a follow up record In the Spring of 2017.

Wild Son has firmly established themselves as one of Western Canada’s breakout bands finishing number one in The Best of Kelowna in June of 2016. They began as a two-piece acoustic group in Winnipeg MB and have grown to become a four-piece must see band. The talented funk/folk rock group make high-quality, groove infused tunes that leave their fans wanting more. Living together on Okanagan Lake has given them the means to explore their artistic capabilities to the fullest.

Kieran McCaffrey

Kieran McCaffrey

Vocals / Guitar

Kieran@wildson.ca

Where are you from/grew up?
Kitchener, Ontario and Gimli, Manitoba
Why do you play music?
I began playing guitar near the end of high school and the songs came pouring out; so I decided to persue a career as a musician and songwriter.
What are your influences?
I was heavily influenced by Weezer, The Beatles, Goldfinger, Neil Young and Sublime to name a few, which allowed me to play by the fireside for many summers in Gimli MB.
What makes your sound unique?
Writing songs based on the way I feel and the scenarios that pass me by in life allows me to learn from and relate to all types of music, in turn broadening my horizons musically has helped me learn to control the dynamics of my vocal and song-writing approach. Recently, I have been known for my signature “growl tone,” which you will find prominent in one of our latest tracks, Whipped Cream.
Musical accomplishments?
– I have been flown to perform overseas and in the Canadian Territories.
– One of my songs, “Crystal Archives,” that we recorded with Wild Son is in regular rotation on the Bermudian Radio and CBC RadioWest is fond of our record.
-I have the 3 most talented musicians I’ve ever known in my band.
Favourite food?
Ham, Pineapple and Banana Pepper Pizza
Beverage of choice?
Jack Daniels or a Crisp Heineken
Why are you cool?
I’m well known to be a strong friend and a leader. After years of searching, I have created a very intense group around myself, known as Wild Son. Being dubbed an old soul by so many has made me realize how wide my musical influences have become, and that I can bring so many people together in music and laughter. Much Love, be kind to one another.

Mitch Howanyk

Mitch Howanyk

Violinist / Mandolin / Backing Vocals

Mitch@wildson.ca

Where are you from/grew up?
Born in Winnipeg and moved to Kelowna at the age of 6. Been a Kelownial Foot Soldier ever since.
Why do you play music?
Music has always found me. The violin found me when I was 6 and even through hardships or life changing moments, it has always come back as the most natural part of my life. Without music I would have half the confidence, no patience, no gratitude and a feeling of boredom. Music keeps me hungry, healthy, and out of trouble.
What are your influences?
Folk, roots and bluegrass have been around my family for generations. Melodic earworms and licks heard by bands such as The strokes, Cake, RHCP, have really influenced me when creating lead lines. Classical music has been and will always be the reason I strive to perfect my technique and refine my playing. However, it is through artists such as Chris Thile, Radiohead, Muse and the Punch Brothers that I am truly inspired to push the limits of classical technique, through the ability to “Genre Hop.”
What makes your sound unique?
I have been classically trained since the age of 6, however I have always learned primarily through my roots by using my ear and picking up on my surroundings. Being a lead violinist in a band nowadays is something that doesn’t really come with a “how to” manual. That being said, it has been my constant goal to tastefully push instrumentation and function of the violin through various styles/techniques.
Musical Accomplishments?
– Played violin for 21 years
– Grade 10 RCM of violin
– Alex Whyte Memorial Scholarship -Brandon University
Favorite food?
Any Butcher fresh farm fed local meat. Preferably Bison.
Beverage of choice?
Fresh Craft Beer. Usually IPA or unfiltered.
What makes you cool?
The violin has taught me to stay focused until the end, even if results aren’t immediate. To realize dreams and goals and to see them manifest into reality takes patience, peace of mind, focus and determination.

Aaron Desilva

Aaron Desilva

Bassist / Backing Vocals

Aaron@wildson.ca

Where are you from/grew up?
Kitchener, On
Why do you play music?
Music offers a never-ending challenge where I can express myself, while communicating with fans on an unexplainable level. Bass sounds/feels really cool.
What are your influences?
Hip-hop music and the original bassist from Incubus, Dirk Lance. I also love my ghetto funk/trap music.
What makes your sound unique?
I’ve spent ten years refining my bass tone, switching between guitars, amps and pedals regularly. I’m self taught, so “what sounds good” has always been the defining factor to my playing style. I’m a bass player who can lock in with a drummer and choose the best notes, at the best time, to fit the moment. Yes, I like to slap the bass :D
Musical accomplishments
– Performed as a bassist in over 10 bands between Canada and Bermuda.
– Has two DJ residencies, with performances at various venues and Center of Gravity festival, in Kelowna.
Favourite food?
Indian curries
Beverage of choice?
The hoppiest IPA you can find
Why are you cool?
I speak 2 languages fluently. English and Music. I have subwoofers in every corner of my life.

Cam@wildson.ca

Where are you from/grew up?
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Why do you play Music?
I have a strong attraction to the art form. Expressing myself through music, specifically in the world of rhythm, is a feeling that I’ve always loved.
What are your influences?
Punk Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Jazz, and Hip Hop are important genres which influenced my approach to playing music.
What makes your sound unique?
From playing punk rock music as a teenager, to taking a 5 year performance degree in jazz, I have experienced many musical settings through my career as a drummer. This background of multi-genre influence has given me an eclectic style of groove and feel on the drums.
Favourite food?
Chicken Caesar Salad
Beverage of choice?
Double rye and ginger ale press with two limes, short, and no straw please.
Why are you cool?
I’m cool because I let people talk. Cool, is the art of silence. Ask Miles Davis, king of silence… and cool.

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