EMQ’s with WILDERUN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with stunning Boston, MA based Progressive Metal band Wilderun. Huge thanks to bassist Dan Müller 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?
My name is Dan Müller and I play bass and do orchestrations for Wilderun. We started out in 2012 when we independently released our first album, “Olden Tales and Deathly Trails”. We then spent time touring and writing our sophomore record, “Sleep at the Edge of the Earth”, which we released independently in 2015. After 4 years of continuing the cycle we released our latest record, Veil of Imagination in 2019, which was then picked up by Century Media this year for a re-release in July.
How did you come up with your band name?
The name is actually the name of a region in the Elfstones of Shannara book. Evan picked the name because it essentially represented the Wild West of the world and thought it would be a fitting name for the band.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from around Boston, Massachusetts and the scene has changed a lot over the years but there seems to always have been a small but strong scene of heavy bands here. It’s always been a tough time finding venues to play though because it seems like smaller clubs and bars around here that will host metal shows don’t seem to be able to stay open for very long. The scene seems to have persisted all this time though.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“Veil of Imagination” was our latest full-length record but we released a rearrangement of a song off our second record called ‘Hope and Shadow’ on our YouTube channel a couple months ago.
Hope & Shadow (Quarantine Session)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Dream Theater was probably the most influential for me because hearing them for the first time when I was 14. It was the moment I realized what was even possible on bass and in music as a whole. They were the first metal band I became a fan of.
What first got you into music?
My parents actually. They had me start taking piano lessons when I was about 6 or 7 years old and I stuck with it until I first picked up a bass at 14.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I think I would want to collaborate with Fleet Foxes. They have such an organic vibe that I love and they really know how to arrange their songs in a way that is simultaneously vast in sound and concise in composition.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I have always dreamed of playing Wacken so that would fulfil a bucket list item for me but more recently I found out about the Fire in the Mountains Festival in the mountains of Wyoming which I think would be the perfect atmosphere to play a Wilderun set.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Not necessarily the weirdest gift now but we got a loose bag of weed in Oregon once. That was a new one for us.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Spend some time outside. We’re not meant to be cooped up in buildings all day.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Scott Walker. That guy made some of the craziest, most interesting music I have ever heard and I was devastated when I learned of his passing.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy being on stage and playing a good show the most. There’s nothing comparable to that feeling of playing in front of an excited crowd singing along to your songs. However, I hate almost everything that happens before and after that moment haha. Touring and eating garbage food is rough on the body.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would hope one day that labels would get behind more interesting bands more often. Yes, bands who play run-of-the-mill material sell well but I think that’s mostly because that’s what’s being shoved in people’s faces most often. People are much deeper than a lot of labels give them credit for.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Last Rights” by Skinny Puppy
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I’m personally a high-quality WAV downloads guy myself. As much as I appreciate physical media, I like to keep my home fairly minimalist.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Definitely 70,000 Tons of Metal earlier this year. That was an unforgettable experience playing to a packed crowd at 4:30 in the morning in the middle of the ocean.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably more hunting and fishing. I love getting up early and spending time outdoors even though that schedule runs very opposite of a typical night-owl musician’s schedule.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
The rest of Wilderun and my wife. They’re just the best people out there.
What’s next for the band?
We’re currently working on a follow-up record that we hope to record sometime next year if all goes well. We also just got confirmed for an opening slot on Soilwork’s upcoming tour in the fall of 2021.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We mostly try to promote our website, http://wilderun.com as it has all the links to everything we’re currently doing on there.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They’re Jaffe Cakes!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I hope everyone is doing okay and getting through these weird times alright. We’ll get back to tearing up stages across the world soon.
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