Listen Now: Music Spotlight on The Garden

Listen Now: Music Spotlight on The Garden

This week's spotlight is on Wyatt and Fletcher Shears of The Garden, the fashionable twin duo favored by Hedi Slimane.

This week's spotlight is on Wyatt and Fletcher Shears of The Garden, the fashionable twin duo favored by Hedi Slimane.

Text: Christina Cacouris

Every week, V shines a spotlight on an up-and-coming artist or group. This week we're looking at Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, the twin duo who comprise The Garden. The two first caught the eye of Hedi Slimane during his Saint Laurent days, who immediately put them in front of his lens and on the catwalk. Since then, the twins have continued modeling, but are intent on pursuing their greater passion: music. As a duo, they are The Garden; on their own, they are Enjoy (Wyatt's personal musical project) and Puzzle (Fletcher's). We spoke with the two about their musical ventures and intriguing fashion sense.

Tell me about how you got into music if you weren’t coming from an experienced background.

Fletcher: Super natural, and spur-of-the-moment for the most part. I don’t think music was ever something we thought before like “wow, we’re going to do this and be musicians.” It was more just like it happened, and then it progressed. So obviously it didn’t start with where we’re at now, it started at a really primitive state. But now however many—probably over 10 years later, it is where it is now. That’s kind of our evolution as people I guess. But the music we make now, the next album, that really specifically reflects us.

Can you articulate the differences between your work together as The Garden, and then your side projects Enjoy and Puzzle? What do you explore in each one?

Wyatt: For the Garden, it’s been different a lot lately, but for the both of us, we try to make it as genuine as possible. For Enjoy, it’s not more personal necessarily, it may come off that way but they’re essentially the same thing. I’m just trying to make genuine music that you might go on a date to or be nostalgic to.

Fletcher: For me personally with Puzzle, it’s more of an up-front personal account, like a journal of some sorts. Like on my laptop, almost instead of writing thoughts down in a journal, I’m putting it all into music, versus the Garden which varies—it can be more political or more coded, but it always relates to something going on in our lives. I think a lot of people think it’s fiction. We don’t really do fictional music, but I think a lot of our fans think that what we do is made up stories. All of it is our normal life; sometimes it’s just abstracted.

Both of you mentioned that your individual projects are extremely personal to you, and almost like a diary, so what is the process like when you collaborate for The Garden?

Wyatt: It’s been sort of the same thing, it’s just as personal, it’s just as storytelling in that way. Lately we’ve been writing, and the feeling of making it is a lot more…

Fletcher: Lyrically expressive.

Wyatt: Yeah, it’s a lot more fun to make music together.

With The Garden, I’m curious how you would describe your own sound.

Wyatt: I don’t really know if we have a sound per se. I think for us, especially on the record we’re working on, we’re not thinking about sound. As you’ll hear, it’s a lot of different mixes. I think I would be missing the mark if I would say we’re going for one thing, because in reality it’s kind of whatever comes off the top of our head. If it works and it’s still natural, we’ll keep going with it.

Fletcher: The music is kind of like the lyrics in a way. They just come out of you, and however they end up, they end up. If we make a song that doesn’t sound like the last song, we make but we still really like it, then we’re of course going to keep it.

Tell me about your visuals. I’m assuming a lot of it is your own creative direction, so how important is it to you to be able to be in charge of everything from start to finish?

Wyatt: I think we used to rush visuals a lot more than we particularly would now. I think we had to take visuals a lot more seriously, we look at it like an important aspect of what we’re doing. Beforehand, we would do them spur of the moment, and half the time we would be happy with them and half the time we were just kind of eh about it, but I think now we are putting some more emphasis on that for sure.

And are there other creative venues you’re interested in exploring beyond just music, or do you think music is just what you’ll stick with?

Wyatt: I personally like drawing a lot, drawing on a pad on Photoshop, making little logos. As far as I can think of, that I like to do.

Fletcher: I like taking pictures a lot even though I know nothing about the actual craft of it, I don’t even know about the camera, I love taking pictures. I wouldn’t mind doing that.

Wyatt: But that’s the same with music too, we kind of started not really knowing the craft, we – it’s the kind of thing where you just try to make it your own. It’s great to … I think for me personally I like getting into it rather than reading up on it before.

Fletcher: Yeah sometimes if you just jump into something, that’s how you create your own style, from the beginning.

Speaking of style, the two of you have a very distinctive fashion sense, sometimes bordering on gender fluid. Is that a conscious choice?

Wyatt: I enjoy clothing and I just try to dress as if I were a character of some sort.

Fletcher: For me, personal style is just part of my life. It’s something I don’t think too hard about, it’s just an everyday thing—like taking a shower. I just wear whatever works. As far as having a ‘gender fluid’ sense of style… I don’t ever think about it like that. I just wear what I want, and move on with my day.

The Garden's latest release, "U Want The Scoop?" is out now. Stream the record below, and find Fletcher's Puzzle here, and Wyatt's Enjoy here.

Credits: PHOTO COURTESY OF Cheryl Georgette

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