Werewolves In Siberia’s Chris Cavoretto
WiS: Yeah, it's been awhile. We're all just busy doing what we do. I'm glad your site's doing well and that we're finally getting a chance to catch up. I've got plenty going on.
I just put out a more sci-fi inspired two-song called "Werewolves in Cyberia"... see what I did there? It's up for a buck on my bandcamp page. Another new one is the cover I did of Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight". I've always wanted to cover it because it's so dark. It was a total experiment doing it. It's also the first WIS thing I've done with vocals and the first time I've done vocals at all for a couple years. I thought it turned out well enough to put out there, so it's up free at the bandcamp page.
I also just contributed a couple tracks to a new comp called "The Pack" with AloneWolf and Wulf. Seven tracks in total with a couple exclusives for it. I have two songs on it, one was only available as a bonus download when people got The Rising on cassette from Graveyard Calling Records and the other is an alternate mix of Blood Moon from The Rising. Both of those other guys have some seriously great synthwave they do. It was cool being included.
At the moment, one of the big things I'm working on is a soundtrack to sort of accompany an 80's slasher movie-style comic book. This is a really fun project and it's just getting going. Dave Scheidt and Aaron Pittman are the guys behind it. Dave writes about comics for Huffington Post and has a couple fun indie comics he's done, as well. He's a pretty witty guy and it's awesome when he starts explaining stuff, he just gets so into it. And for anyone not familiar with Aaron's work, he's an amazing artist. Everything I've seen him do, no matter what style, is just awesome. I don't want to give anything away so I'll stop there but be on the lookout for the name "Slice" early in 2015. It's gonna be killer! That pun is totally intended, too.
We noticed more than a slight European cult movie, mostly Fulci, influence on your Beyond the City of the Dead release, do you have plans to release anything else in a similar style?
WiS: Fabio Frizzi's music he did for Fulci's movies is a huge inspiration on what I'm doing. I really don't plan on going in a specific direction when I write stuff though. It just kind of all falls into place as I'm doing it. I think the artists I take inspiration from end up showing through here and there.
TDBS: Do you have a favorite director and/or movie, though I think I have an idea of what it might be? How would you say that has this influenced your music?
WiS: John Carpenter. I'm sure that was your guess. For starters, I think his movies are great but the music he uses and, so many times, composes and plays himself, is just completely awesome too. I try to have my own sound but his stuff is a huge influence for sure.
WiS: I haven't necessarily switched labels. It's more like I have another label I'm working with now. I still plan on working with Graveyard Calling in the future for sure. Actually trying to get a new song together for their second annual Halloween comp right now.
Fangoria's label is really new. I was one of the first signees. It all came about sort of through Colin J McCracken, who has run ZombieHamster.com for years. He does a lot of writing for various publications, including Fangoria. We struck up a bit of a friendship after he heard my music. As soon as they mentioned starting the label, Colin told me and I sent them my stuff. They thought it was perfect for what they wanted to showcase and that was that. It was a really easy process. They're just starting on getting the word out with ads in the magazine so it's all really in the infancy stages still. I'm hoping things pick up for the label itself and they decide to keep it going. They have so many things going on, if I do well, I'm sure they'll continue.
Have you released anything supported by Fangoria yet and where might our readers be able to hear any recent recordings? (Psst Feind snuck it in up top there!)
WiS: We did a collection of my stuff that we immediately had up on Fangoria. It's a great introduction to Werewolves in Siberia for anyone not unfamiliar with my stuff. It's 10 tracks that were mostly previously released on The Rising and Beyond the City of the Dead. It's only $3 so I'm hoping people really start to check it out and interest grows among Fangoria's huge fan base.
TDBS: Well we certainly hope our readers will check it out.
Have you had any band experience before Werewolves In Siberia? How does this project compare to any past ones? I can only imagine it's much more difficult being a one man outfit though in the same respect perhaps easier at times dealing with only the one ego (laughs) *Laugh it up Cult, I know where you live!
WiS: Oh yeah, I played in mostly metal and hardcore bands from age 14 on. One of my bands had a showcase at the Whisky-A-Go-Go for a bunch of labels. Long story short, that didn't work out but we learned a lot about the music industry and how shitty it really is.
I ended up starting my own punk and metal label and did fairly well with it. I knew between family, work and getting that itch to play my own stuff again, my interest in the label was waning after awhile so I sold it.
As far as doing WIS, it's so much easier, especially at this stage in my life. I don't have to worry about getting a bunch of people together for practice or how dedicated everyone else is or if everyone's on the same page. I write and record what I want, when I want and don't have to worry about anyone else.
It's funny that you mention the ego thing because it's totally true! I'm old enough now that I don't give a shit. It used to be that I wanted everything my way and I was writing it all and playing guitar and doing vocals... it was my stuff, but I wanted to play it off like I wasn't an egomaniac. Truth be told though, if I wasn't the guy in control, it felt like maybe I was testing myself but never like it was my thing. This is mine, it's totally different than anything I've done before and it fits the schedule of my personal life perfectly.
Do you have any plans to take the Werewolves 'brand' on the road? I can't think of any act that might be able to support your unique style, do you have any acts in mind that you'd like to play alongside, support or have support you on any such tour? Any notables that you have toured with?
WiS: The first band that comes to mind is Zombi. They were the first band that made me think I might be able to do music like this. It was never even a thought before I heard them. They're probably the biggest influence overall on what I've done.
If I did get a live show together, I don't think I'd care too much about who else played on the bill. Cool rock, punk and metal bands would be fine with me.
As it is right now, I have ideas for live shows but it's not a priority. With WIS just being me, I know a lot has to go into a show that would hold people's interest. If I wouldn't be entertained by what I'm doing, I'm not going to subject others to it. Don't count it out entirely for the future, but I'm just focusing on the music itself right now.
In other bands, I didn't do any real tours. Some out of town shows but never like a full on tour. Some of the bigger bands I played shows with were Hatebreed (several times), Suicidal Tendencies, Stuck Mojo, Skinlab, Cannibal Corpse, DRI... I know there are plenty more but those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head.
Do you have any plans or have you been approached to write the score for any movies and/or commercials? If so, how was the experience and how would you say it differs from creating an album?
WiS: Yeah, I've talked with a couple independent horror directors about working together. One is under way right now though with the UK's Monkey Puzzle Cinema. The movie is called Post|Human and it's in post-production right now. I've done a few pieces for it already. There's a trailer on YouTube with my song "Ghosts" written specifically for the movie. I'm planning on diving into it heavily here over the next few months. I literally got a new cut sent to me this morning so I'm pretty excited to get rolling on that.
It's different in the aspect that usually, I'm writing with only horror in mind, not a scenario. That scenario usually comes to me while I'm writing. I have to write to what's in front of me with a soundtrack or score. I have to think outside the box a lot more too. Sometimes something less synthy-sounding is what's needed to get a scene feeling the way it should. There's a lot of like, "okay, how do I make this sound bigger? How can I make this scene have the intensity it really needs." That's when it's thinking outside the box. There's a lot of that for Post|Human. It's got a deeper feeling to it so I have to do things I haven't done before to not kill the film.
Is there a specific genre/era of Horror cinema that you would say you are partial to? Any particular reason why that is the case?
WiS: Not really a genre, but I really like the 70's and 80's stuff because of the look and feel it has. That gritty film works so well with horror. The synthy scores to the 80's horror movies are really fun and obviously a huge influence... so many times they're better than the movies themselves. But those awesome scores really seemed to start in the late 70's. I also really like the 50's creature features. Some awesome monsters and horror icons came from that era.
WiS: Domination! That album is so heavy and it's blend of groove and blast beats just gets the blood flowing. I haven't been into anything of theirs since David Vincent left. His vocals were brutal and perfect for MA. I saw something that he's back now but I haven't heard any of it.
I'll admit, I've never been a huge Maiden fan. I've never had any issues with them, but just never really listened to a lot. Powerslave was a great album from front to back though. That's the one that actually grabbed me.
Favorite Slayer album is Reign in Blood, of course, but Seasons [in the Abyss] and Divine Intervention are right behind it. They're the kings of thrash for a reason. I don't know what the hell they're doing now with their in-fighting and Lombardo issues and I don't think they can put out the same music without Hanneman's (RIP) input but they put out some definite thrash masterpieces.
My favorite Cannibal Corpse album is The Bleeding. I'm into Corpsegrinder's vocals more than Chris Barnes' but everything came together just right on The Bleeding.
I'd probably pick Far Beyond Driven for my favorite Pantera album. That one hit me like a ton of bricks when it came out. I couldn't get enough of it.
Do you have a favorite artist or album? Is there any genre of metal or music in general that you prefer or would say is your biggest influence?
WiS: All-time favorite is probably The Misfits. The Danzig years, of course. My taste goes in waves though. I'll get really stoked about a band for a little bit, then move on to something else for awhile. One week it's metal, the next its soul, then punk rock, then new wave, then old rock and roll, then synth stuff... It's just always in waves.
As far as metal genres. I like the old thrash stuff like Slayer, Anthrax and (old) Metallica. And I like the throwback thrash stuff that sounds like it came from 1984. Stuff like Municipal Waste. I like a lot of the more "stoner" metal stuff too. Down, COC and Vista Chino. I kind of consider them more rock but it all works. The melodic death that At the Gates kind of spearheaded is really great.
I really only kind of pick out a few bands that stand out to me and listen to them rather than picking a million bands that are doing what their genre's doing. I'm really all over the board with what I listen to and I think I draw influence from most of it with my music. I don't think there's any one set genre.
Do you listen to or watch anything for inspiration when you compose?
WiS: I really don't. I find myself picking up on ideas while watching things once in awhile now. But, for the most part, I just let it fly as it comes to me. More often than not, I end up deciding on a title after the song's somewhat constructed and I have a clear idea of what visions it brings to my mind.
TDBS: Again I think we share a bit of a creative mind, I write the same way 90% of the time again can’t speak for Cult on that one.
Aside from making music do you have any other artistic talents you pursue or a hobby perhaps?
WiS: No. I suck at everything else. Hahaha. In all actuality, I think I've got a fairly creative mind. Music is just the place it's easiest for me to translate my thoughts or visions to a completed form. I can fake a little art here and there. I'm sure I could take some time to learn but I don't have a whole lot of patience. When I write a song or even hear someone else's song, I can pretty much put a movie around it. I have all these thoughts that just translate that way. Actually making a movie though, I don't know the first thing about that. Having the patience to sit down and figure out all the specifics is a whole different story. Maybe one day, I'll sit down and write out one of these movies in my head and give it to someone who knows how to make it work.
WiS: You know, I just really like good, strong beer. The craft beers. Give me a good, flavorful IPA, porter or imperial stout and I'm good. I like whiskey, vodka or rum (especially spiced black rum) on occasion, but I usually just go for a good beer.
TDBS: Also on that note do you have a favorite inspirational food like cold pizza or perhaps a favorite restaurant your adoring fans can harass you at?
WiS: Pizza... Pizza always inspires! I really like all kinds of food, especially Mexican but pizza is always number one. If I have any adoring fans, they're not around here so I won't have to worry about the harassment but, just in case, I'll keep my favorite spot to myself.
WiS: I hope your readers will check out my music. I know it's not for everybody. It's not metal, but its fun and I think people into all sorts of different styles of music can get into it. You can find the Dawn of the Flesheaters collection exclusive for Fangoria at Fangoria.com, then you can find everything I've done at my bandcamp page. Graveyard Calling has limited edition cassettes of both The Rising and Beyond the City of the Dead. They come with digital downloads plus some bonus content. As of right now, I think there are only 3 copies of The Rising left. I'd love to see those get sold out soon. Their site can be found here. The Pack compilation can be found at bandcamp.
If anyone out there is on Facebook, I could really use some more "likes" to the page. I'm on Twitter and the official website. I think that's all my album and website plugs. Haha. Aside from that, yeah, look out for "Slice" and "Post|Human", hopefully both hit next year and do well.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. It's awesome that there are a few people out there that take an interest in what I'm doing with Werewolves in Siberia.