How did you guys become a band?
We were all attempting to break into the songwriting and production world, and we all met each other that way. Marc and I (Rocky) had done some sessions together, and I met Sean at the ASCAP Expo back in 2015. One day Marc and I were working on some songs for pitch, and Marc looked at me and said, “Man…I really just want to be in a band.” We decided to take the plunge together, and I brought in my buddy Sean, and WOLVES was officially born.
Whats the meaning of the name WOLVES?
The name has taken on a meaning the further we get into the project. At first we just couldn’t believe it wasn’t taken yet! Overall, it embodies the spirit of our band: the good of the group over the good of the individual—like a wolf pack. Over the past couple of years, we’ve gone through a lot of ups and downs that have brought us closer together as friends and as bandmates. Time and life have definitely put the name to the test.
Can you tell us a little something about each of you?
Marc is a ham and one of the most positive people I’ve ever met in my life. Obviously we love his voice, but he’s much more than the way he looks and sounds. HE’s a loyal friend, and he always brings a lot of light with him wherever he goes. We’re lucky to have him as our frontman—he really entertains the crowd whenever we play live.
Sean is all smiles, and the level-headed glue that keeps the band together. Quite often, he’s the mediator who keeps Marc and I from ripping each others’ heads off sometimes (all in good fun). He’s an insane musician with the deepest well of music theory knowledge I’ve ever come across in my life. To speak frankly, he always brings the secret sauce that makes our songs special.
As for me, I’m a pretty simple guy—I enjoy reading, working, and I get angry when I don’t eat. Oh, and I’m pretty sarcastic. You can ask the other two guys for some more detailed perspective on the next interview. 😉
How would you describe your musical style as a band?
Unlike anything you’ve heard before! If I were to put a label on it, I’d call it stadium-filling, earth-shaking, foot-stomping, crowd-chanting, endorphins-pumping, lightning-splitting urban/pop/rock.
What artists/bands are you influenced by?
It’s funny—we have so many eclectic influences, and it’s interesting to see how they manifest in the music we make. Based on the way we sound, I’d say our biggest influences are Coldplay, the Eagles, Michael Jackson, and Kendrick Lamar. Oh—can’t forget about Lil Yachty and Milli Vanilli.
What’s the difference from your band and all bands that have come before you?
The way we look is an obvious difference—we pretty much check each “ethnicity” box between all of us. More importantly, the way we sound sets us apart. Or, at least, I’d like to think it does.
You guys recently released your new single, “Shoulder to Shoulder”. Can you tell us how this song came about and the meaning of the song?
It all started with the vocal sample that you hear in the beginning. One day I sat down at the piano and it just came out of me. Sean and I linked up the next day and built the whole track. Lyrically, we always try to go where the music is telling us. Most of our songs are about love and sex (what else is there, at the end of the day?)—but we felt that there was a message in this one. We feel fortunate enough to be able to spread a positive message through music at a time when the world really needs it.
Do you guys have a creative say in your music and videos?
Of course! Everything you see and hear starts and ends with the three of us. Also, quick shoutout to the full time staff of 400 employees we have working in our underground sweatshop, though. Mad respect.
What do you hope to gain out of your music careers?
I think the heart of why we do what we do is that we just want to connect with people. Hopefully, we can make someone out there feel better, and if we do, that’s a gift in of itself.
What’s the feeling you guys get when performing in front of your fans?
I suppose it’s a lot like walking on a cloud and holding hands with God.
Does your fanbase have a name?
I don’t know if it does yet! But if it did, I suppose the obvious choice would be “The Wolfpack.”
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
We don’t really consider our fans as “fans.” As far as we’re concerned, anyone who supports us is a part of our lives, and that makes them friends. If they are so moved to listen to our music and actually like it, the three of us are the lucky ones.
What social media platform do you guys use most to stay connected to your fans?
Definitely Instagram. Follow us and say hey—we’ll say hi back! @thebandwolves
What was the craziest fan encounter you guys have had?
About a week ago, I was doing some shopping at Target in downtown Los Angeles at like 8 in the morning on a Sunday. I hadn’t yet had my morning coffee, and I felt like one of the zombies in The Walking Dead. When I got halfway into the toilet paper isle and picked up one of those packs of 64 rolls (to stock up for the apocalypse), this guy walked up to me and asked, “Hey! You’re in the band WOLVES, right? I love you guys!” I thought that was pretty cool and pretty funny, all things considered.
Will there be an ep/album out soon?
We hope so! Our goal is to release a full length album sometime around May or June. Stay tuned.
What’s an average day for “WOLVES” look like?
We all have full time jobs, so a lot of our days center around that. However, we still find time to get together a couple of times of week. When we do, we either rehearse, talk strategy, or work on new music. To be candid, we haven’t had the chance to make new music in a while! We’re excited to jump back on that horse very soon.
Where do you guys hope the band is in 5 years?
Hopefully we’ll be touring and making a living solely off our music. Who knows what the future holds? 5 years is a long time—anything can happen.
Do you guys have any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Two simple words: THANK YOU!!! And please, stay in touch with us on social media! You can find us at @thebandwolves on all platforms. Okay, that was way more than two words—sorry (but not really).
Thank you guys for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions.
Thank YOU for asking them! 🙂