INTERVIEW: Starwolf

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi! We’re doing well. Just making our way through the pandemic one day at a time. 

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Bad Feeling”?

The song is about having an ominous feeling creep into your life and take control. We were fortunate enough to have the legend Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Empire of the Sun) record some of the bass parts on the song.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The song’s about the paranoid ending of a long term relationship. I think there’s moments in everyone’s lives where things feel off, whether it be in a relationship, or the environment that you’re in, etc. It’s a feeling that things don’t seem right, even if you can’t quite put your finger on why that is. And, this song is more about how that feeling can slowly creep up on you.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We came up with the storyline ourselves, and worked with a fantastic animator named Kam Szewczuk. She really understood what we were going for, so it made the process pretty easy (at least on our end ha).

The single comes off your new album Astro Lobo – what’s the story behind the title?

Astro Lobo is Spanish for Starwolf. So, we thought that was fitting.

How was the recording and writing process?

We wrote and recorded it over the span of a year and half. We wrote dozens of songs, and then picked the ones that resonated the most with us. Typically, we write and record a lot of random ideas/parts and then focus in on the ones that speak to us the most. 

What was it like to work with Jason Kingsland and how did that relationship develop?

Working with Jason is the best. He understands what we’re going for with our sound, and he helps us accomplish that while also surprising us with ideas and directions that are a little out of our typical comfort zone. 

We worked with Jason on our first songs back in 2016. He played a major role in helping us develop our sound, so working with him again was a no-brainer.

How much did he get to influence the album?

Even though this whole mixing/producing process has been remote, Jason had a big influence on the album. We sent a lot of ideas back and forth with him over the span of a few months. We had let some of the songs go by the wayside, and he convinced us to bring them back to life. 

What role does rural Illinois play in your music?

Well, before we started Starwolf we used to be a cover band that would play in small town bars. We usually covered bands that we liked (Talking Heads, Tears for Fears) and in more rural places that didn’t always go over well. I remember at one show a lady walked up to me while we were setting up and asked if we were playing any Bon Jovi. When I said no she looked absolutely shocked and asked “Well then what are you playing?” I think moments like that pushed us away from being a cover band, and more towards writing our own songs. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The themes that go throughout the EP are love, loss, paranoia, desire, and regret. And, we were listening to a lot of music from Kleeer, International Soleil Band, The Meters, Swamp Dogg, and Huey Lewis.

What else is happening next in Starwolf’s world?

We’ll be releasing another single in September, as well as a few more music videos. Then our EP, Astro Lobo, will be released on October 16th. Once the pandemic goes away we’ll be back to playing as many shows as possible. 

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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