Who is wilde?

Wilde is a Chicago-based rock band that is passionate about bringing people together by fostering conversation through music and live performance. Born out of wedlock in 2015, Wilde embraces the eclectic musical style of each member.  The melting pot of genres include Alternative, Blues and Americana, producing a unique song-to-song variation. Through maintaining this sonic diversity, Wilde communicates with every listener on a personal level – bringing fans to the dance floor with their high energy stage presence and snazzy refrains.

meet the band

Paul Palos

Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar


One of nine children, Paul grew up loud and energetic.  The first time he played in a band, at 13 years old, he was so bad that his bandmate unplugged his bass and told him to pretend to play.  Since then, Paul has become a better musician, “but not by much” – that’s what he’d tell you.

Steve Keider

 Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals


Steve picked up a bass guitar after being introduced to Primus around 2007.  Originally from Cleveland, he moved to Chicago in 2011 and met Paul selling tea together in 2013.  After college, he dedicated his focus once again on music and also releases electronic music as “The Nautilus.”

James Shine

Piano, Mandolin, Strings, Keys



Born and raised on the south side of Chicago and having grown up on a nutritious diet of traditional Irish, bluegrass and Beatles music (with occasional seasonings of everything else), James found his musical home with a baby fresh band called Wilde at its birth in 2015.  He likes coffee a lot.

Timmy Briones

Lead Guitar


Steve Timmy grew up with the nuisances of terrible punk rock and screaming solos of ’80s black metal.  He found his musical calling when his dad gave him an album by Booker T & the MGs, and he’s loved the blues ever since.  He generally likes cold showers and all things green.

Keenan Feller

Drums & Percussion

Keenan began playing the piano at age 4 and soon after developed an interest in drums.  He grew up listening to classic rock, ’90s alternative and jazz, and has since expanded his musical taste to include everything under the sun.  He proudly knows all the lyrics to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

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