The Wring Interview
Interview with Wormholedeath signed band , The Wring.
𝟏. 𝐓𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 "𝐒𝐢𝐧𝐬"
SINS is the 3rd single from ‘Spectra’, which is the 3rd album from The Wring! The song is an observation that the Devil is becoming obsolete because humans are responsible for so much pain and atrocity. Much of that atrocity is committed in the name of one religion or another, so faith is as poisonous as it is comforting… I love the main riff in this song; the time is a bit unusual but Chandler Mogel did a great job with the vocals to smooth it out. I should also mention that 0x1 Studio did a very cool lyric video for it!
𝟐. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜?
Music is a very personal thing; every person hears and feels something different. For those that like a challenge, my music has some complex parts and playing. For those that like to think, I believe the lyrics & stories are interesting. And for those that just like to rock out, there are plenty of heavy guitars, bass and drums!! This is why I decided to call the new album ‘Spectra’ because it touched on many themes, genres and approaches.
𝟑. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤?
Practice!! My songs are not easy to play so I need to really know the parts well. I usually double or quadruple track the rhythm guitars and double the solos so if the performances are not tight, it sounds very messy. Everything is very composed, even the solos, so it’s just a matter of finding the right notes and then playing them correctly every time! The musicians I used for this album are outrageously talented and they delivered an incredible backdrop for my musical stories.
𝟒. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞?
There are so many things! Of course the biggest thing is continuing to write new music. I never seem to get tired of that. I work on new stuff every day (most of the next album is written). I find listening to great players and recordings is always inspiring. Also, as a guitar player, I am constantly trying to get better on a technical level, which can occupy many hours in a day. And there is also the matter of gear…. I love guitars and amps. I am always buying or selling something. A new instrument can provide a lot of inspiration!!
𝟓. 𝐖𝐡𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐮𝐩 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮?
I love a lot of different types of music but it always has to have guitar!! Major influences would be Rush (of course), Opeth, Tool, Mastodon and older Megadeth plus many other metal bands. I am drawn to music that is interesting and inspired. I’ve also been listening to a lot of cool recordings by 70’s bands like King Crimson and Steely Dan. They are certainly not metal, but have amazing songs and, of course, great guitar players! Generally the guys I dig the most don’t care what people think, they just make the best music they can. This is also what I try to do.
𝟔. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜 𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞?
The first Wring album was released in 2017 and the latest one in 2022, so it hasn’t really been that long but I do think that I am getting better at a lot of things. I think the compositions on Spectra are certainly tighter and more succinct. I also think that I am getting better at the production side – how I choose musicians and how I instruct their performances; how I approach the recording and mixing. There is always something to improve and I enjoy getting better at things. It’s tough to be objective about your own music so I just try to be honest and as original as I can be.
𝟕. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡?
Carlo and Naty at Wormholedeath have been great. The Wring is currently a studio project so without any tours to support the music I need as much marketing as possible. WHD has a lot of bands and a lot of reach so they are able to put my music in ears that would not otherwise be available to me. It’s still pretty tough to find an audience because there are just so many bands and all forms of media are super overloaded. Finding industry professionals really helps.
𝟖. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐚𝐥?
Releasing 3 albums that have received really great reviews and support and having guys like Marc Bonilla or Marco Minnemann play on my songs is already a dream come true. To get picked up by a label, even for a distribution deal, is also amazing. It’s so hard to know what’s possible so I just work every day to keep pushing things along. I think I have a lot more to say with my music and I have great people around to help get it out there, not sure what could be better?
Don Dewulf, The Wring
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