EMQ’s with Nocturne Wulf
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Glasgow, Scotland based Heavy Metal band Nocturne Wulf. Huge thanks to guitarist Jamie Paterson for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I’m Jamie and I play rhythm guitar in the band Nocturne Wulf. We formed originally as a rock cover band, playing in pubs and small events. Eventually we all decided to move onto doing our own original material. Taking influence from bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica and Iced Earth, we wrote our debut album. Our career highlights include, getting to the 2018 Metal To The Masses Scotland Final in 2018, headlining King Tut’s Wah Wah hut, becoming part of Reaction Management and playing the Wildfire Festival in 2019.
How did you come up with your band name?
We wanted something to do with Wolves because wolves are pretty badass. We thought that using the term Wulf would be better as it was a bit different and was old English. Nocturne tends to favour dark creatures, so we put the two together and created Nocturne Wulf.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are based in Glasgow, Scotland. The scene in Scotland is great, but Glasgow is very good. A lot of other fantastic bands play in the City, such as Victorius, Darkness Divine, Sundrown and Titan Breed. The city has a great scene, and we love being part of it.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Since our debut album last year NW, we have recorded a brand-new song titled ‘Silver Hand’. This song will be released on the 11th July 2020, and will have a lyric video that will go along with it! This will be the first recording with our new singer David Yates and new drummer Steven Strachan.
Who have been your greatest influences?
I think that in terms of guitar playing, it is no surprise to anyone that my biggest influence is James Hetfield from Metallica. Since I play mostly rhythm guitar in the band, I tend to focus more on the riff heavy players.
What first got you into music?
I was given the chance to play acoustic guitar in secondary school, and really enjoyed learning the classical pieces that I had to play for my guitar grades. After a few years of acoustic playing I moved onto playing electric guitar playing and from there, the rest is history!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would love to work with Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth, as I feel his guitar playing skills and song writing is razor tight. His vision for his own music can only be a great thing, and it would just be great to meet him!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Obviously in the United Kingdom we have Download Festival and Bloodstock, both amazing places to play and go to as a music lover, but the number one place to play would be Wacken! So many amazing bands have graced this festivals fields, it would be amazing to be part of it.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
To be honest, we all find it really humbling and amazing when fans come up to us and talk about how they enjoyed the show or how they like our music. It’s a very surreal situation to be put in, but we are all so thankful for it!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
We always love to interact with our Wulfpack, and we love to play gigs around the UK! If you see us at a gig, come and say hello, we are a friendly bunch!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Dimebag Darrell, as he was the best guitar player of all time, hands down.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Playing music is amazing and playing live is one of the best feelings in the world, the whole band will agree with that. What is not so great, is when bands enter competitions, and music is competing against each other. Music should not really be competed against as its not sport, but sadly that seems to be the world we live in.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
It would be nice to have more rock and metal have a stronger presence in the mainstream. Since it mostly gets forgotten about, a lot of people miss some great songs that they might absolutely love.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
I think that as a band we would probably choose “Ride The Lightning” by Metallica and “Number Of The Beast” by Iron Maiden. There are so many fantastic albums that it is hard to choose one.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I grew up with CD’s, and I used to go into music shops and buy albums based on their front covers. It’s a shame that due to CD’s not being as popular as they once were, people don’t get to see the amazing artwork on albums.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
All of us would say that the best gig we have played so far would have been The Cathouse rock club to raise money for the Australian Bush Fires. It was a great night and we all had a great time.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Well as it happens, when I am not playing on stage, I am actually a Nurse, so I guess I have to say that!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Good question. It would have to be Stone Cold Steve Austin from WWE, Gary Holt form Exodus/Slayer, Lemmy from Motorhead, Jack Bauer from 24 and John Rambo. Might get a bit rowdy!
What’s next for the band?
We have been working really hard on writing new material, so hopefully once lockdown has been lifted, we can start to work on new material and move towards new recordings!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We have a great network with The Doomsday Report, who film a lot of local bands in Glasgow. We are super fortunate that most of our Glasgow shows get filmed so we can share them with everyone on our Facebook page!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Surely the name is in the answers? Cakes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (They don’t crunch when you eat them how can they be biscuits!?!?!)
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for asking us for this interview! The questions have been great, but the Jaffa cake one has managed a split choice in the band!
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