theaussieword.com meets The White Wolves.
Give us an introduction. THE WHITE WOLVES consist of two members Todd Burman and Chuck Feltner. Our model showcases a first in constant collaboration. We only cut “singles” and with every new single we use a different featured frontman, along with the featured musicians that bring their unique sound for that single.
How did it all begin? We were brought together through mutual friends. We had gone through Similar turmoil in our lives, it gave us an instant bond and became the foundation for our friendship. THE WHITE WOLVES is a byproduct of us communicating our experiences through the art of a song.
What had you first interested in music? Chuck – I was first interested in music after growing up listening to my uncle play guitar around the house. Then for my 12th birthday he gave me my very own guitar. From that moment i played down the game controller and picked up any instrument i could get my hands on.
Todd – for me it was seeing a guitar in a music shop at age ten and being absolutely fascinated by it. Then I became obsessed with watching music videos on the weekend “Rage” on ABC. The videos changed my life, such a great era to grow up with watching great pop and rock videos!
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music? What motivates us is the constant desire to leave a legacy. We want our songs to stand the test of time. As song writers it is our job to create something out of nothing, and that creation is what you are remembered for. We believe in the process of the art and every time we record its brand new as we have a routing roster of singers and featured musicians, so essentially we are trying to capture the lightning in a bottle. We are trying to create a sense of musical community, a part of our wolf pack. The White Wolves allows us to have no boundaries with how we create songs. We have the ability to constantly push the boundaries creatively and that can only lead to better music. Each time we go into the studio the people in the room have never worked together!
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist? To give back to the music community as much that has been given to us. To inspire one person with our music in a positive way.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour? We will be releasing our first single “BURNING IT DOWN” accompanied by a music video. We have just finished recording our second single “Revolution” which we will also be shooting a video for in August.
Tell us a bit about your first single and how would you best describe your music? Our first single “Burning it down” is about the internal struggle of not letting your past relationships affect future relationships. Its about burning down those internal defence mechanisms your heart puts in place, with the hope of being able to love unconditionally again.
Success, what is the secret to it? Create great content and treat people right. Success will not come without one or the other.
What has been your biggest career highlight? I would say it would be the opportunity to work with such talented musicians. For instance on our first single “BURNING IT DOWN” we had the honor to record alongside our Engineer Chet Roberts from (3 DOORS DOWN). We had Jasin Todd, formally (SHINEDOWN) on lead guitar and producer. Brad Pemberton on drums (RYAN ADAMS/ STEVE EARLE). And Terry McDermott (DRIVEBLIND/ LOTUS CRUSH) as our featured frontman.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring? Honestly anyone who has the guts to try and make it in the music business. It is a cut throat world.
Any new projects in the pipeline? We are in the process of recording our second single “REVOLUTION”
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?Creating new music with new emerging artist. Touring the globe.
Name a few of your favourite Aussie artists. Todd – everything from INXS to Midnight Oil to The Butterfly Effect. Love Electric Mary! So many great musicians in Melbourne. I miss the Espy being open! So sad to see so many live music venues closing down.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye? Social media has forced artists to be more transparent and accessible to the fans. We think that is a great thing. It keeps the artist more accountable for their actions, and allows them to be more in touch with their fans. At the end of the day we do this for the fans, and for the music. The consumer can listen to anything for free now. So artist do not have any excuse not to create and release new content. It has never been cheaper for artist to do so.
Thanks for the interview! What final message do you have for us today? Follow us on our social platforms to stay up to date! We would love to get to know you guys! ROCK ON!