Some bands take years to release good music. For the Chicago one-mand band WILDER FALOTICO, this is not the case. He challenged himself to release one metal EP on bandcamp each month last year. This is an absurd amount of work considering how complex and well produced are his songs. Read this interview with this great guitar player and don’t forget to check his music out, it’s definitely worth it!
Please, describe the music and aesthetics of Wilder?
Exploration, experimentation, and constant movement. It’s a demonstration of my flexibility, open-mindedness, and love of wide variation.
Your project have a very distinctive approach. You aim to release one free EP every month. Where did you get this from? How do you get so many ideas to make it? Is it some sort of challenge for you?
The project idea was given to me by my long time guitar/recording instructor. I was writing full songs within a matter of days. He challenged me to release a small album or EP a month for one year as a CRAZY experiment and a very rapid method of throwing my music out into the world.
I’ve always wanted to have a quirky project that was all over the place, genre-wise. Because I enjoy all kinds of metal sub-genres, I felt sticking to a single style would be neglecting the open-mindedness I feel that I have. I also write inconsistently. It’s hard to write four/five death metal, black metal, or even folk metal songs in a row because of how far my mind wanders! Each month seems to bring about a new ‘favorite style/band’ I’m influenced by. One month it’s Behemoth, the next it’s Opeth, then Entombed, Old Man’s Child, Pestilence, Edge of Sanity, and so forth. I used that inconsistency as a strength for “Wilder”.
It most definitely was a challenge. I’ve found myself under pressure at times to keep to the project’s motto, “One-Free-Metal-EP a month for a year”, true. No slacking, even during my college classes.
I have actually fulfilled the “One-Free-Metal-EP a month for a year” experiment. It was concluded November of 2014 with “Nytesyth No. 2” I might do it again later on, but for now, it’s time to relax and focus on my other band.
I am do my best to avoid repeating.
There ‘is’ a sort of first wave/second wave pattern in the releases. There are 2 Folk-metal EPs, 2 Black-metal, 2 Death metal, 2 Progressive, etc. The two “Nytesyth” EPs are an exception as they were rehashed songs from a long dead project.
The only reason there are duplicate genres is because I felt I could do better on the second time around.
Even being a one man band, the quality of the recording, mixing and even playing are amazing, and no lofi at all. What’s your background and what equipment do you use?
I first started out with electric guitar when I was 10 years old, and it has been my main instrument for 11 years. I didn’t start playing bass guitar until two years ago, and drums this last year.
I write the drums on a real kit, and then program them into “Superior Drummer 2.0”. I can’t perform drums well enough behind microphones to save my life, hahahah!
My arsenal for recording is a Digidesign 003 rack that runs into the DAW, “Logic 9”. My instruments are my prized U.S.A. Jackson guitar and Warwick RockBass, not to mention Superior Drummer 2.0.
How long does it take to write, record and release an monthly EP? Exactly one month or do you start to work in advance?
Each EP is the work of a month. The writing takes a bit more than half a month to get a structure down with the rhythm guitars in place. Drums, leads, bass, synthesizers and vocals follow.
Mixing and mastering is the toughest part, as I only have the remainder of the month to finish the polishing. I’m picky about mixing a song to a genre’s identity. Dirty and reverby mix for Black-metal, clean mix for Progressive, and overwhelming for Death-metal.
You claim that you have a progressive approach but not necessarily a progressive sound. What’s your main influences when doing this music? I can hear some echoes from the late Emperor and a little bit of Death as well.
There are two kinds of progressive that I think of. There’s a ‘Prog’ sound, like Dream Theater, Yes, Rush, and then there’s the sort of progressive I identify as, which is thinking outside of the box, like the band Akercocke.
My largest, largest influences are both Opeth and Emperor. There are my inspiration to be progressive, as they never write in the same fashion. Opeth is all over the place with song structures, very in depth and emotional, where as each Emperor release had an entirely new sound-scape and atmospheric texture.
You’re from Chicago, a city that is known for being very musical, be it on alternative rock, jazz, post rock/metal, etc. What about extreme metal? What would you recommend?
From what I have seen, Chicago has huge hardcore/metalcore and thrash-metal scenes. There’s a lot of death metal and black metal, but I just notice more thrash.
What would I recommend after sharing the stage with two particular bands that blew me away, musically and in stage-presence are:
A melodic/symphonic black metal band named . I appreciate their use of atmospheric keyboards, riff structures, and vocals. I invited their lead guitarist to play a solo on the EP, “Church of Cold” .
“Against The Plagues”
A symphonic black/death metal band, I have played with twice. Absolutely crushing, tight, and brutal. Their lead guitarist and I have become good friends.
Do you plan to play these songs live? How would you manage that?
Playing live might be difficult. I’m conflicted between finding a drummer or letting a drum track roll behind the live members I can find and myself. I’m not able to perform vocals while executing my riffs. I definitely, definitely need to work on that. I’ll admit I’m mainly a studio musician.
Thanks for the interview, now you can speak what you want.
I’m happy MondoSatania was able to find “Wilder” amongst the endless amount of bands in the world. I publish my music in order to reach people who share my taste in music and have them spread the experience with others. I think making my experimental EPs free-of-charge helps with that.
Keep writing, keep exploring, and listen to everything, good or bad! The good stuff inspires. The bad stuff keeps you from writing stuff you hate.
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