Yesterday we checked out the new album from Wolf Colony, which you can read all about here, and we thought we’d have a chat with him about the choice behind his anonymity, the importance of it and how it affects his music.
First of all, tell us about the sort of music you make.
It’s very emotional, I write from my heart not my head. I actually don’t write my lyrics down at all, I hear them in melodies.
You work with producer Neal Sarin – how did you meet and decide to make music together?
We met in college, we became friends and shared a mutual love of music. Naturally that lead to us creating music together, he really pushed me and helped me to become an artist.
You write music under the pseudonym Wolf Colony and choose to remain anonymous – has it always been this way?
Yes, its the only music I ever made. Being anonymous liberates me.
How did you choose your pseudonym?
I relate to wolves and their dichotomy of character, being a lone wolf yet part of a wolf pack. And the colony includes my collaborators and fans, my personal wolf pack.
Some people suggest this is because you’re well known for something else and don’t want the two to crossover – what was you reasoning behind this choice?
That’s an interesting theory, although not true. If I am known for anything then it is Wolf Colony.
Do you think this choice affects how people interpret your work, without having a personality to relate the music to?
Yes I think it does, it affects it positively and sometimes negatively. I just do not want anyone to think it is a gimmick, it’s not. I have legitimate reasons for wearing a mask. One being the separation of my art from myself, the other is too personal to share.
How do you feel the internet has changed fans’ relationship with musicians in terms of knowing all about them through social media?
I miss the old days to be honest, although the internet has helped artists in many ways. But for me the mystery is always grandeur than the truth. These days there is an overflow of information.
How do you get around your anonymity at live shows, especially before and after when fans might want to meet you?
I am very strict about wearing my mask when I am on stage or in pictures, but before and after the show I love meeting people and talking openly.
I presume the album title, Unmasked, is lifted from penultimate track Fame, yet considering your choice to remain anonymous that seems quite paradoxical. Could you shed some light on this album title choice?
Well it’s a statement on how I can “unmask” my soul though my lyrics and music without showing my face. “Fame” takes that further. I do want to be successful and famous, but for my music and art and not for who I am as a person.
That track speaks of a lack of honesty in relation to fame – to what extent do you think the two are linked?
Your previous question about the internet is relevant, there is an overflow of information these days. This unfortunately distracts from the work itself. It can put people off or make them like you for the wrong reasons.
Have you had any particularly dishonest moments you could share?
That’s an interesting question, I try to be as honest as possible. But unfortunately, one has to hide the truth sometimes. I think I am dishonest about certain aspects of my life with certain people, but only when it has been necessary.
And, finally, what’re your plans for the rest of the year?
More music and more music videos. And hopefully touring the US this summer and Europe in the winter.