Vulture Introduces: GodWolf

If ever there was a day to have a chat with the boys of GodWolf then Good Friday had to be it, right? Religious connections aside, Tom and Joe are the two lads behind this two-piece DJ act, bringing a game-changing approach to the way music is listened to. We caught up with the duo to celebrate the release of their latest single “Resist” but sincerely apologise for not having a cake. How inconsiderate of us. We promise we will have one at the release of your EP.

Vulture Magazine: Who is GodWolf?
Tom Armstrong: I’m Tom. I’m the producer and songwriter and Joe’s the songwriter, producer and singer as well. So he’s three bits and I’m two bits and that’s how we make 100%.

VM: Can you describe your sound for our readers?
TA: It’s electronica but on the indie side of it. It’s a very singer-songwriter sort of electronic music – it’s not based around drops; it’s based around verses and choruses and traditional song writing.

VM: Considering you describe your sound as indie-electronica, what is your opinion on genre-blurring these days?
TA: It’s crazy isn’t it? There’s no such thing as a genre anymore.

Joe Kosky: The thing is, to an artist genres don’t matter. They used to because it used to restrict the way you could or couldn’t write. I think it means a lot to a listener because it’s all about being cool. It’s not just about what you like listening to; it’s about a culture. You can’t pigeonhole yourself as an artist with a specific genre anymore because tomorrow that genre will be gone and there’ll be a new one. Genres are trends now because they’re so embedded within our culture.

VM: So we’re here to celebrate “Resist”.
TA: Where’s the cake at!?

VM: How have your fans responded so far?
TA: Really well. It’s got a lot of online traction and it’s started to pick up more. Today is a week since we released it and it just hit 14K on SoundCloud.

JK: Obviously our biggest fan base is in Australia but the city that has listened to “Resist” the most is Santa Monica. More and more we’re getting an equal fan base in the US.

VM: What is the song about?
JK: It’s really interesting because it means something different to us now than when we wrote it. It’s hard to articulate but I thought of this saying the other day, which encapsulates it pretty well: always look up even if it’s just to see how far you’ve fallen. So, no matter how far you’ve fallen, or how far you’ve gone backwards, just keep that mentality of looking up and moving forward. It’s upsetting subject matter but with our music we always try and achieve that dichotomy of dark subject matter captured in a positive way or bringing a dark element to positive subject matter.

VM: What are you guys working on at the moment?
TA: We want to follow up this single really quickly with another in about a month. And then a month or two after that an EP which will have “Resist”, this next single and then four other tracks. Then we’ll start writing an album after that. We’re in a contract with our label etcetc for an EP and two albums so we want to do that. We’ve got a long-term deal with them and we’re in a beautiful position where we can think about a couple of albums. We like writing lots of songs. We’re not a one-song sort of pony.

VM: What’s the big plan and big dream for GodWolf?
JK: Just a causal yacht and a couple of mansions. I’m not being too ambitious. Na, we’re not those guys. We’re pretty humble in our lifestyles. If I can afford to eat brunch out everyday for the rest of my life I’d be wrapped.

TA: I’d really like to build a studio in my house and if GodWolf can do well enough that I can own a house with a studio in it and see a bit of the world, then that’d be amazing.

VM: What do you think about Future Music ending?
JK: I think in Australia what we’re starting to see more and more in the music industry in terms of festivals is that they’re on the rise within Australia when they’re supporting local and national bands. There’s a massive independent music scene here. It’s a culture. It’s fashionable to like indie bands. Pop music will always have a place but there’s a sprouting of all these indie festivals and they’re thriving.

Kara Bertoncini

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