SHEWOLF is one of these bands that I have discovered thanks to Facebook. Read what they have to say for themselves and then keep checking them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What kind of vision did you have when you started and how has it changed over the years?
-We all came from different backgrounds, but with this band we wanted to bring back the raw, powerful edge that always made grunge great. We wanted to write simple, catchy songs performed with all our hearts and guts. And because we thought girls are still under represented in rock music, we decided to be a female band. The main vision is still there, but as the years go by we do our best to emancipate from the 90’s Seattle scene influence to sharpen our own style, our own sound, from there. We understood that we are at our best when we let our creativity lead us towards unwalked ways.
Does location mean anything today? We used to hear about how it was all location, location, location back in the days if you wanted to make it big?
-We live in the middle of the french countryside, in a 300 inhabitants village, and we are at our most efficient ! The internet and the phone allow us to do everything we need from booking shows to promoting online. Then when it comes to playing gigs, we just hit the road and do it ! We played a lot of shows in Paris, we toured France, played England and Germany. We are in contact with a few pros all over France. It used to be all about location, but we think it is now all about being able to move. This is precisely because we have this quiet, safe, focus friendly place that we can be so free to often move. We would be much more limited in our work and vulnerable if we lived in Paris.
What is it like to be a in a band and to get to tour all over the world? What kind of feelings do that bring about?
-It is definitely awesome, especially for us, considering we book tours ourselves. It is a great reward for all this work when you finally find yourself on the road. The feeling of freedom, the adrenaline, the power it gives you to think that you are through music you can reach anybody on the planet. However, beware not to idealize touring to much. It is not because a band shows a lot of touring dates that they are gonna play a huge venue with a crowd waiting for them in each town ! You have to be coherent and be ready for all the advertising job that goes along the booking, otherwise you might end up driving thousand miles to play in front of 5 people. That will happen anyway, that even happens to bands that you think are getting really big. But if you do the job properly, some bigger gigs would balance the small ones. It can also be tough when you have a little one waiting for you at home…or when tensions build up between band members.
What kind of feedback have you had on your music, your latest album and in general? How important is feedback?
-Really good feedback from the press and from the people who listened to it. We like the fact that the bloggers that follow us really closely are strongly pro independant, alternative, raw music. They like us for the good reasons ! Always feels good to be understood. Feedback is always important, people listen to our music with a fresh ear and can point out things we don’t necessarily realize by ourselves. We have a few friends whom we always ask the opinion to before releasing anything. We do take feedback into account but then it is also important to be confident and be able to trust your own opinions when you feel it.
How do you know that you have written a “hit” song? Is there a particular feeling you get when you know that this is the one, this is the big “make it song”?
-We have been really proud of a bunch of songs we have, we know the ones the audience like. We know it when a catchy melody stays in our minds for edges or when people sing it along. Then maybe we haven’t written THE song that would gather everyone, that would be the perfect mix of all SheWolf’s different edges, the irresistible song 😉 Not yet, but it is very likely to happen for the next album. Something is building.
As I am no musician I will never got to know the difference of analogue and digital. Can you explain the difference to me? what are the pros and cons of analogue V/S digital?
-The difference lies in the recording equipment and the sound resulting it. Recording “in analogue” means recording the music on magnetic tapes, which make the sound “imperfect” but really warm. It is still used nowadays even though it sounds “vintage” to some. The digital way treats the sound via a computer. The sound is colder. The main benefit of a digital recording is that it allows you to very easily adjust the the record at the post-production scale, which is more complicated in analog !
From there you can easily imagine the impact of digital recording on global music production !
What is it like to have people you never met liking your music and singing along to it at gigs?
– It is like it seems : awesome !
How important are lyrics to you guys? Do you have any messages that you want to get forward?
-Very important. Regarding their content and regarding the way they are put together. Two of us compose and write in the band. MC gets very political while Alice is more about digging the psyche. We put all the lyrics on our website : www.she-wolf.net
I love a really cool cover but I get the feeling that today with all this digital uploading/downloading people aren’t that concerned about artwork. How do you feel?
-We like a really good cover too, but it is not that easy to design one and to all agree on it ! It is so important yet, it is often the first contact anyone has with your music…
What does the future hold?
-We asked him but he said it is a surprise !