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Wolfcross – Interview


Interview with J. B. Vorgoth of Wolfcross and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

J.B. Vorgoth: Wolfcross is a black metal band pure and simple.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

J.B. Vorgoth: I am from Sweden, which has always been a stronghold for metal music of all sorts. Growing up within the metal scene here you get exposed to alot of extreme bands already at a young age and if you stay true to this path through your teenage years it is quite a natural progression to eventually start playing metal yourself.

 

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?

J.B. Vorgoth: Basically anything that makes me go “That’s fucking metal!” inspire me as a songwriter. 

As for the content of the lyrics they are in many ways an extension of myself and deal with subjects that interest me, speak to me on a personal level or express my own opinions.

Almost all my lyrics are based on some kind of source material, I’m not much for writing random little horror stories or whatever.

There are of course exceptions but in those cases it is very much a deliberate choice.  

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

J.B. Vorgoth: To write, release and perform the music I want to without compromises.

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

J.B. Vorgoth: I am very proud of the effort we as a band put into the making of From The North and the end result we achieved.

 

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?

J.B. Vorgoth: Competition within the metal scene is extreme these days. Even the smallest and totally unknown local bands are often very good and the level of skill of musicianship is very high. To me this is a good thing. It forces everyone to up their game and the result is that there is alot of great metal however it is also easy to get lost in the shuffle.

I never really worried about that though because I believe in our music and concept as a band and if people like it then they will check it out themselves. 

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

J.B. Vorgoth: We are currently looking to book shows and we already have a few in the works for next year. Having an album out will help in that regard.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

J.B. Vorgoth: I still buy the music I listen to on CD or Vinyl. I cannot say this enough, if you like a bands music then buy it!

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

J.B. Vorgoth: I never really thought about that. On one hand it would have been nice to have been around in the early days of black metal and been one of the pioneering bands but on the other hand I never felt a need to re-invent the wheel either. I grew up in a world where metal was already established and I wanted to be part of that and now here we are.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

J.B. Vorgoth: I would love if the internet disappeared tomorrow so we could go back to buying records again. And also I would like to see it become the norm to actually pay bands for their performances. Most venues and festivals today expect small and up and coming bands to play for free and if you dont agree to that then you wont play and there are 50 other bands willing to take your place. The amount of time and money and effort it already takes to run a band, even on the smallest level, is not something to be taken lightly.

I feel music has lost it’s worth today and I would love for it to get that back.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

J.B. Vorgoth: The next Wolfcross album of course!

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

J.B. Vorgoth: Follow Wolfcross on Facebook and Instagram. We do not have an online store, we sell merch at our shows.

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Band/Artist location – Stockholm, Sweden
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