I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-I found the name to be interesting because it can be interpreted in many ways. All of which would be correct. Whether it’s representing the music to the listeners or the listener being judged by society, it’s all correct.
There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-I’d say I’m lucky. This music project tampers with multiple genres due to the subject matter of each song being inspired by a different culture, so I have a lot of freedom to change genres anytime. But it does always seem to fall back into a heavier riff or drive somehow. This is because metal has always been my choice of music for listening, so it just feels natural to push the music in that direction.
What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-In August of 2016, I had an opportunity to visit Israel for a little over a month. It was an experience I’ll never forget. I found it enlightening but not in the way you might expect. I was blown away how much segregation and race played into everything. The centuries old feud between Palestinians and Israelis exists in such a significant way there, it’s hard to ignore. While being surrounded by this segregation, I looked to the social media networks to remind myself of good friends and family and all I found was more hate and segregation. This was during the the Trump/Clinton push for the presidency so many were divided and ending relationships based on political views. It was horrible. I realized then, I needed to start a project that endorsed different cultures and beliefs rather than used them as a reason for hate. That drove me to begin, Unto the Wolves.
How important is it to have a message as a band?
-In general, I think each song automatically has a message so as a band, you can be as dynamic with your words as you are with your show.
Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-Absolutely! How you present yourself as a band should reflect what you want your audience to see.
How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-In my opinion, less important than we think. The truth is, most only see the album cover on their streaming device or only see a logo. The cover shouldn’t be ignored, but should not be more important than the music itself.
What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-A surprising amount. The few that know of my project have become almost instant supporters in some way or another.
How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-It’s incredible! When people become fans from places I’ve never been or seen, I know they heard about it through the online world of connections. Whether it be word of mouth or online marketing, it still requires effort on the listeners side to actually check it out. When they show that effort, it makes me want to work harder.
Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Yes, big time. This project is all online so never before have I been more aware the advantages of creating a connection in person rather just online.
What does the future have in its womb?
-I record and release new songs every month on patreon.comuntothewolves
At the end of another year, I release year two and keep going. All the while, exploring the cultures that the songs are inspired by on Patreon. What’s next, more exploring and more tunes.