Mat: First of all I just want to say thanx
for agreeing to this interview :-). For starters - can you in short just
tell us something about how and when Wolf was formed and if there's been
some changes in what you had in mind since the beginning. Did it start
out just as a hobby-project or did you at once decide to really go for
Nick: Ever since I was a kid I've always played
music for my own enjoyment and I'm sure it goes for the other members
of the band also. When we realized that we had found something good
we knew that we were going to make an album.
We didn't have a record deal but we started to make songs for an album
to be and was quite conviced that some record company would be interested.
We're still playing music mainly for our own enjoyment but of course
we are really going for it. It's greater fun to play at Wacken than
at the local pub with old laidies telling us that we suck! It has
happened, you know...
Mat: I know you have an up-coming gig as
support to Paul DiAnno at Anchor, Stockholm on March 3:rd and this sounds
like a killer-concert if any.But was it Paul DiAnno himself who chose
you as support due to your Iron Maiden influences, or did it happen in
any other way?
Mat: The tour with Pain is obviously over
but besides the gig with DiAnno you're also playing in Sandviken the day
before. But do have any other gigs planned in Sweden? If not at the moment
anything in the nearest future and do you even have a longer tour abroad
planned as well? And if that should be the case - with which other band/bands?
Any festival gigs even?
Mat: And continuing on the subject: What
would your ideal tour-partner/partners be if you could choose anyone you
wanted and why them?
Nick: Paul DiAnno is great, because he has
inspired us so much with his work with Iron Maiden.
Judas Priest, Halford, Blaze, Iron Maiden, King Diamond or Mercyful
Fate shouldn't that bad either. We very much would like to play live
as much as possible and if we can support some of our childhood heroes
at the same time, it would be a great bonus!
Mat: Your new release Black Wings is a
real killer in my opinion, but what are the overall reactions from fans
and critics so far?
Is this in accordance to what you expected or is there even something
you couldn't foresee? Of course you can't anticipate everything but has
there been any surprises or such on this matter?
Nick: We really didn't know what the reactions
would be. The debut had great reviews, but this album isn't as catchy
as the debut so I was prepared for lower grades, even though this
certanly is a better album if you listen to it closely.
I'm very pleased that this album have received even better reviews
by most people than our first album.
Mat: What are your own feelings regarding
Black Wings? Are you content with the result or is there anything you
would like to change? If so, can we expect some of that on your next release?
Nick: Concerning the songwriting we are still
very pleased. We worked hard and did our best to do a better album
than the last one in less time. When it was finnished I think that
we succeded, so I am very pleased. My main concern now is to make
the next album better than this one. No rest for the wicked...
Mat: You're also having regular jobs on
the side but do you plan to try to make a livin' on music alone in the
future? And if that should be the case does this only involve Wolf or
are there also any side projects you want to realize?
Nick: We all have some side projects that we
try to make happen, but so far none of us had had the time. I wouldn't
mind making a living on our
music as long we still had the artistic freedom that we have today.
But we do music that we like ourselves and not music that we think
will sell. If we did, we probably would make really, really bad records.
But hey, really bad music seems to sell really well...
Mat: And finally - any words of wisdom or
funny facts about the nearest future
you want to share with the readers?
That was all I had for now, Nick - the staff at metalcovenant.com
wish you all the very best for the future, and we sincerely want to thank
you for keeping the spirit of Metal alive!
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