Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
BMU: First of all thanks for the invitation Pete! Well, as I like all kinds of metal and do not have any special preferences, I wanted to do a Death/Black Metal Album. The background here is that I already played in several bands who were mainly into Thrash, Power, Pagan, Melodic Metal so I had to fill up the gap of evil music with a own project ;-). The description of the “Fall into Oblivion” record would probably be “In your face Death/Black Metal with borderless variety”
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
BMU: I am Josef, actually playing in Wolfchant, grewing up in small village in Bavaria, Germany. My oldest brother introduced me in my early years to bands like Slayer, Dismember and Unleashed and also forced me to learn the guitar when I was about six years old as he had no talent for it 😉 I quickly started to learn e.g. Metallica songs by my own and this is how everything started…
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
BMU: Of course there are a lot of bands who inspire me, depends on the music I want to create. But mainly I would say these are bands like Wintersun, Misery Index, Hypocrisy, In Slumber, Dimmu Borgir, Dismember, etc. But honestly spoken I´d say that I don´t want to cover any bands I like. Therefore it mainly depends on my mood. So when I´m in a bad mood you can imagine that then the more evill sounding parts are created.
Lyrically I don´t like to write any satanic or religious stuff. Most of my lyrics are based on my own experiences with relationships, daily business and also social criticism. The Song “Camp 14” is also a good example for us, the western people, who are always complaining about nonsense small things meanwhile in other parts of the world people really suffer from torture, fear, persecution etc.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
BMU: For me music is a passion and I love being on stage as well as sitting in my home studio and writing new stuff. With Wolfchant we already entered big stages. This is always a lot of fun! But I also have my family and as a proud father I enjoy being at home on the weekends. Therefore I like how it´s running currently.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
BMU: Releasing a new record is always a proud moment. Probably being in the line up of the 70000 tons cruise was one of the best experiences as this was only fun!
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
BMU: That´s completely true. I can remember that back in the days being in a band was something special. Nowadays it feels like everybody in the audience has it´s own band. But for me there´s nothing wrong. There are a lot of new bands I love to listen to and digitalization gives us the easy access for creating new music very fast. I also benefit from the evolution e.g. creating orchestral melodies in my home studio.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
“Bavaustrian Metalbrothers United” is a studio project with lots of friends involved. Maybed someday there will be a second record. But as it would be to complicated and time consuming to setup a live line up there will probably be now live show… Even I was asked several times until now. But how knows maybe I change my mind regarding this issue 😉
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Well there are more aspects you have to consider when you talk about this. For me I still like to hold a record in my hands, means I like to buy CDs, Vinyl, etc. But when you want to listen to various artists I also like to have playlists while I´m e.g. outside for a run.
The most disgusting point regarding Spotify etc. is that for my feeling the song structures are no more based on an individual idea. Means there are no more intros or cool suspenses. Each song already starts with the main hookline to reach more listeners and gaining numbers. So hopefully this trend will come to an end and songwriters are more creative.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
This is very hard to answer. There are a lot of incredible songs out there. From Classics like “Stargazer” (Rainbow) or more modern stuff like “Kings of the Carnival Creation” by Dimmu Borgir. The last one I love because of his variety, evilness and epicness. If this one was from me I would have also add a nice guitar lead 😉
Probably I would go with the Wintersun Song “Sons of winter and stars”. Even I dislike Jari more and more because of his behaviour towards the Wintersun fans, I can´t ignore that he is a musical genious. This song combines everything from great guitar work, to amazing melody lines and epic orchestration. I love it.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
This goes probably in the same direction like my answer regarding Spotify and other streaming platforms. I dislike the fact that each song structure is the same and that there is no individual proceeding. It´s all about money and this destroys the musical progress. Instead of making a step forward musical quality is decreasing. But of course this is not related to all bands out there. It´s just a personal feeling about the quality of the more famous music.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Currently we´re working on a new Wolfchant record. We will release new music very soon which will be independend from a full album but I´m really looking forward to this.
Furthermore a famous austrian Death Metal singer/guitarist and me have set up a new project together which I´m really excited of. It will be really heavy and also very epic. I´m looking forward to release the first songs but at the moment we decided to keep it secret so I can´t give you more information by now 😉
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Just type in “Bavaustrian Metalbrothers United” and you´ll find us on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. If you want to buy our songs in good quality I recommend to visit our Bandcamp page: