with Indie Band, Joyous Wolf
March/April 2015 Edition
MusicSUBMIT Weekly Music Series
Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
Photo Provided by Nick Reese
Singer/Songwriter Nick Reese led the indie band Carnival Seasons to great heights in the three years he spent as front man for the group. Today, Nick has a new gig, and one that this publication is extremely excited about at the moment. Meet the latest sensation to hit the Indie Music Circuit: Joyous Wolf. Members Nick Reese (vocals), Blake Allard (guitar), Sam Mulder (bass), and Robert Sodaro (drums) have collaboratively joined forces to create something that will certainly make others take notice. As always, Nick’s strong male vocals are beautifully laced to electrifying guitar and insane drums that make this publication proud to call Joyous Wolf one of the best new indie bands currently out. Here is a recent spotlight with the members of Joyous Wolf as we get the 411 of who they are. Enjoy!
Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain Joyous Wolf’s sound in 5 words:
Nick: Loud, Swampy, Dynamic, Melodic, Power.
Blake: Sexy, Passionate, Groovy, Disco, Rock.
Robert: Soul, Rock, Blues, Energy, Power.
Sam: Big, jumpy, dirty, flowing, deep.
Isaac: A question for Nick. You built up quite the following as the lead singer of your former band, Carnival Seasons. What was the main reason you decided to leave the band and what do you take from your experiences with Carnival Seasons that you believe will help you with your new band, Joyous Wolf.
Nick: It wasn’t so much me leaving but realizing I wasn’t going to be able to keep the ship from sinking. A member of the band decided to leave at a very poor time, and it just proved to be too much of a blow to come back from. So I figured it was pretty much starting over anyways, so might as well just start a new chapter somewhere else. The overall knowledge of the industry I’ve gained over the last 4 years would be my biggest take away from the experience. I know what to expect and I can easily see when something could be a potential problem before it happens. You know, because I’ve probably seen it before.
Isaac: (QN) With respect to your fans, how are they enjoying your new gig? How about your former band members?
Nick: I think there is a bit of letting go more than a few of them need to do still. Can tell a lot of them are hesitant, but the ones who have given it a chance love it. All my band members except one, have given me some sort of blessing on the project like “This is really good”. I value their opinions over my own.
Isaac: Speaking of Joyous Wolf, I am digging the name! Where did the name come from and what is its meaning?
Nick: We just sort of threw around 1000 names during after practice dinners, and random text conversations. I wish there was a better story haha.
Blake: The name stuck out to us after spit balling for a few days, we just liked the way the name looked, sounded, and figured there’s a joyous wolf in everyone.
Robert: The name just kind of happened; I like the idea of having some huge riff being represented by this little wolf.
Sam: I’ve always liked animal names in bands so thought I might keep it going.
Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?
Nick: Jack White in any format whether it’s The White Stripes, Raconteurs, His Solo Stuff, etc. The Strokes, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Muse, Nirvana, Van Morrison, The Kinks, Brian Wilson, The Ramones, AC/DC, Queen, Judas Priest, The Who, I could go on but I’ll stop there haha.
Blake: Dave Grohl, Michael Jackson, Dick Dale, Freddy Mercury, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix.
Robert: Stevie wonder, Benny Greb, Chris Coleman, Steve Jordan, Matt Cameron, Tom Morello, Keith Carlock, Jojo Mayer, Matt Garstka, Chris Cornell.
Sam: Victor Wooten, Soundgarden, Kyuss, Deftones, Slayer.
Isaac: I am interested to know who you’re listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now? Who do you think deserves the spotlight?
Nick: I’m a huge fan of a band Blake actually turned me onto called “Crobot” They have this amazing song out called “Legend of The Space Born Killer” Also The Virginmary’s are one kickass modern rock band that really does it for me. Audioslave, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rage Against The Machine, Van Morrison, and anything Jack White is involved with. I could go on forever.
Blake: I am constantly listening to Queens of the Stone Age, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zella Day, Them Crooked Vultures, Wilco.
Robert: I am perpetually listening to Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains, Them Crooked vultures, Audioslave, The Pillows, Primus, Steely Dan, Snarky Puppy and Radiohead. Them Crooked Vultures has put out some of the most innovative rock music that has come out in the past couple years (and a new album).
Sam: Soundgarden, Primus, anything from Devin Townshend.
Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?
Nick: I usually just work with what Blake, Bob, and Sam throw at me. I try to capture the mood of the music, what it makes me feel, the sound grabs me and takes me somewhere. I like to think that it makes the song even better when both the instrumentation and vocalization are coming from the same place but from many different resources. Probably the whole journey of making the song, you build it brick by brick until it’s a skyscraper of sound unique to you.
Blake: I draw inspiration from things in my life that I cannot control; music lets me come up with an artistic solution. My favorite part is when everyone is playing their own part and it all comes together in a process of beautiful symmetry.
Robert: My favorite part has to be when someone just plays something or someone comes up with some random idea and it then the song becomes way more awesome than anticipated.
Sam: When someone comes up with a riff or beat we build off of that and from the vibe I get from the guys leads me to the next transition.
Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now, who would it be?
Nick: Muse they are just such an enormous group, to open up for them would be a privilege.
Blake: Foo Fighters because Dave Grohl is basically God.
Robert: QOTSA, Muse, or The Shaggs.
Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?
Nick: I’m all about adventure, so anywhere I haven’t been is where I want to go, just travel around and see as much as possible.
Blake: I love going on road trips around the west coast and partying with the best people a guy could ask for.
Robert: Eating food with friends/hang out with friends.
Sam: Riding my bike, eating dank food!
Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?
Nick: Really Good Food, Copious amounts of sleep, MUSIC!, Performing, and Women.
Blake: 1. My funky shirts, 2. Pony tail holders, 3. Netflix, 4. The gym, 5. Chipotle.
Robert: Food, water, sleep, music, those that are close to me.
Sam: My bike, the Outdoors, My animals, Friends, a good drink.
Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into while you were performing or on the road, that you can let us in on?
Nick: I remember vividly, early on in my last band we had not been able to get the presale money for one of these lousy club shows in Anaheim. We decided that we had enough of the production companies bullshit and got our stuff and left. We were dodging phone calls for months! We never played there again and to be honest it was only a good thing.
Blake: We ran a stop sign one time…
Robert: I played a show with a different band about a year and a half ago at a small ice cream shop. The show we prepared for was a full electric show, the room was incredibly small I set up my drums and we played hard. People ordering ice cream and their kids stood 2 feet away from my cymbals and drums, we realized we were supposed to do an acoustic set afterwards. That being said… It was a good show.
Sam: We got kicked out of a venue because a bandmate had knocked down a door.
Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?
Nick: Oh yeah I’m way too stubborn to give up; I’d just make sure to be a bit better equipped the next time around.
Sam: Yes but with a smarter approach.
Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?
Nick: I’m a science major in college, so believe it or not I’d probably go into Astro-Physics, or A professional wrestler….or a Jedi…Yeah a Jedi.
Blake: Be homeless, because music is life.
Robert: Something in business, medicine, or chemistry. Because those are my main interests in school I.E. Money, Medicine, and Chemistry.
Sam: Any kind of racing.
Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
Nick: “Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine”.
Blake: “Anyone can make the simple complicated; genius is making the complicated simply”.
Robert: “Death is always near and fear is your enemy”.
Sam: “Treat others how you’d like to be treated” It’s worked for me so far.
Isaac: Ten years from now you will be…
Nick: On the back of a Milk carton, the have you seen this person box, possibly selling Viagra door to door. I don’t know that’s up for the universe to decide. Hopefully, making music with the guys, or at least making music somewhere.
Blake: Hopefully a musician who can make a living doing what he loves, nothing more, nothing less.
Robert: 29 and much older.
Sam: Playing shows and making good money, possibly a family of my own.
Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.
Nick: I transferred to a different high school half way through my senior year. I owe it to that place for pretty much every musical experience I’ve ever had. Everybody there seemed to play guitar or be in band at least the people I hung around that is. I picked up a guitar there for the first time, tried to make some pleasant sounding noise for the first time. I started to sing all the time even though it was horribly off key and drove my parents insane. I learned how to write songs there from the musicians I knew. I played my very first performance there, I only knew 3 chords and couldn’t even sing and play at the same time very well, but I sang my song on stage sitting in chair hot lights beaming down on me. I put all my nerves into those 3 minutes, and when the crowd erupted I couldn’t contain myself. I walked off stage and fell into my friends arms I couldn’t walk right because my legs were jelly. I’ll never forget that, that moment was the most defining in my entire life.
Blake: After finishing a solo, looking out to a crowd of people screaming enthusiastically to what I had just given them was without a doubt more than I could have ever asked for. And since that very moment, I’ve been addicted to it.
Robert: One of the most significant moments in my life was actually not in a band but rather in an orchestra. I’ve played violin all my life and we were performing Adagio for Strings in Segerstrom Hall conducted by the amazingly passionate and spectacular Maxim Eshkenazy. That moment will stay with me forever hitting the great climax of the song and playing the last note and hearing it ring through the hall. I will never forget it.
Sam: I was playing at the Jumping Turtle in San Marcos and while we were playing this old guy was bobbin his head the whole time with a beer in his hand. After we had finished he came up to me and said that was some of the best stuff he’s heard since the 70’s. For some reason it always stuck with me.
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