What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Azure Wolf has had a fast and transformative year. It started out as a solo acoustic/folk project (Victoria Backle). After doing some open mics and local acoustic shows, it didn’t take long for people to take notice of the project. Eventually, it turned into a four-piece folk band which included Isaac Foltz on the lead guitar. The band performed well in the DC and NOVA area but it wasn’t until the band went through some changes and added Tommy Moore on the drums and Sean Spencer to the bass did the band find their true sound. Now, Azure Wolf is a four-piece dark-indie rock band with a huge sound. We feel like we finally found that sound we’ve been looking for. – Victoria
I had the great fortune of talented musical friends I’d met through high school, the orchestra, or in my neighborhood, and got into the jam session scene. That helped introduce me to tons of new music and practice learning music in the moment. Basically since I had the chance to play music with someone else, I’ve been eager for opportunities to collaborate and create with all the talented folks in this craft, and every single one of those times has pushed me to where I am as a musician now. – Sean
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
“Love, Mother” is a song written from the perspective of the Earth. It’s a dark and ambient experience and we wanted to make the song seem urgent and angry.
This song was initially written for a benefit event we planned in DC for the Australian wildfires. We wanted an Earth-centered song and it just ended up exploding into something amazing from there. – Victoria
“Love, Mother” was actually the first song concept I heard when looking into linking up with Azure Wolf, and it blew me away from the first play. There’s a compassion mixed with urgency that I think really captures so much about our generation’s challenges, and the way it’s delivered in that song is chilling. – Sean
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
The way Dave Keuning from The Killers plays guitar and writes always stood out to me. He understands the perfect blend between rhythm and lead parts that make a song complete. – Isaac
Fleetwood Mac, Alt-J, David Lynch, Turnover, Slowdive. – Tommy
Alt-J, Stevie Nicks, John Mayer, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Carl Sagan, many, many more. – Victoria
Music-wise, I learn the most from delving into the jazz/funk fusion scene. There is an incredible amount of creativity and barrier-pushing going on in that realm. Lettuce, Snarky Puppy, Thank You Scientist, Little Tybee. I am also constantly inspired by the independent producers and creators on YouTube or streaming, like Marc Rebillet and Red Means Recording (Jeremy Blake). So much access to so much originality these days, it’s awesome. – Sean
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
Azure Wolf has this awesome ambiguity of new creation. So much of the music we play channels that perfect mix of new, vulnerable exploration with the classic iterations of attachment, purpose, observation, and loss. Really, it’s an incredible thing to hear them both interact, and I think listeners will feel like they’ve heard these songs before in their own hearts, and relate to them on that personal level. – Sean
I think the biggest strength this band has is the diversity among all of us. Tommy brings a hard rock edge with his drums, Isaac’s lead guitar is airy and dream-like, Sean has a funky jam-band background that he brings to his bass playing and I tend to lean towards folk/singer-songwriter vibes. Between the four of us, I think we really combine into something special and unique. – Victoria
I feel like most of the songs start out as folk songs and then the rest of the band reworks it into something bigger. We get bored really easily so we are always looking to do something different than the last time we wrote something. A lot of “Love, Mother” was combining ideas that everyone always wanted to play in a song and trying to compromise and mold those ideas together. – Tommy
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
Sam’s Town by The Killers, Boyhood (Movie), Stories Don’t End by Dawes. – Isaac
Albums: In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson, Declaration of Dependance by Kings of Convenience, Harmony of Difference by Kamazi Washington. Movies: Cloud Atlas, The Godfather, Interstellar. Books: The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Food of the Gods by Terrence McKenna. – Sean
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Live is always fun because depending on where you play you always sound a little different. I think the challenge is always trying to sound consistent no matter where you play, so we enjoy that challenge every time we play somewhere. Also there’s nothing like an audience-band connection. – Tommy
Live performances, hands down. I greatly appreciate the art of crafting something so attentively in the studio, but a live performance has an interactivity that is impossible to feel anywhere else… and it’s great no matter which side of the stage you’re on! – Sean
I honestly prefer the studio because that’s where you’re really able to get creative and turn nothing into something. I love being able to layer songs and by the end of the day have a tangible result. It’s a great feeling. – Victoria
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Black Fur (will be released March 22nd). It started out as a loose idea. It wasn’t working as a hard rock song in the chorus and we all knew it. Basically we worked it to death and we were never happy with it. Eventually, we took a step and said let’s do the opposite of what we were trying to do and somehow that worked. We are pretty militant when it comes to song writing, we will play a song repeatedly until we get it right and no one complains. – Tommy
I think Black Fur is among my favorite tracks. The song itself feels like a journey, and the chorus is one of the more pensive portions of the track, which is unique. – Sean
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
A whole lot of shows to meet a whole lot of people and share a whole lot of new music!! – Sean
I can say that I hope we are touring in the next year and getting to do what we love full time. I think we have something incredible here and I want the world to be a part of it. – Victoria
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
Who would I like to share the stage with most?
I’d love to share the stage with St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Those guys know how to put on a jaw-dropping show, and I would be incredibly honored. – Sean
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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