Q&A: FANGORIA Musick Artist, Werewolves in Siberia
Imagine John Carpenter’s signature fat, deep analog electro synth sound thrown into an aural blender and fed to a cyborg lycanthrope. You have the basic idea of how WEREWOLVES IN SIBERIA sounds. Seriously, the band sounds like that.
WEREWOLVES IN SIBERIA was the second project to align itself with our fledgling digital record label FANGORIA Musick, joining other great new artists like THE VARP, THRONE OF ANGUISH and SciFiSol (see interview here).
The alter ego of composer Chris Cavoretto, WIS is slinky, dangerous and designed to make you dance in the darkest corners. Like all the music signed to Musick, Cavoretto’s sounds are designed to serve as the soundtrack to reading our magazines or simply dissolving into the reels of a movie that you make in your mind.
FANGORIA: How would you define the WIS sound?
CHRIS CAVORETTO: I think it’s kind of a throwback to the 70s and 80s horror film scores but with a slightly updated sound. I take a lot of influences from a lot of other genres and throw them all together. It still comes out like horror synth, but I like to think it sets itself apart a bit.
FANG: How about your own personal process? Where is your head at when you sit down to create?
CAVORETTO: Usually, I’ll get a melody in my head and I’ll work that out. From there, I just build. I try not to over-think anything and just let it evolve naturally. Sometimes, I’ll have a song done in a couple hours. Other times, I might sit on a piece for months before I get more ideas, but forcing it doesn’t help the song.
FANG: Of course, the first thing that grabbed us about the project…was the name! What a great name for a band…
CAVORETTO: Thinking of a band name is always hard, so I’m always trying to keep a few ideas in the back of my mind for whenever it’s needed next. I was really into that SyFy show, “Destination Truth.” While I was doing a marathon session of watching and thinking about starting a horror rock band or something, I was brainstorming band name ideas. I liked the idea of incorporating a “Lobizón” into a name but nothing seemed to work. When I watched the Siberian Yeti episode, it just hit me. When I came to the realization that I probably didn’t have time to start a new band, and I started messing with synth sounds, I knew the name would still fit this project. It just felt perfect. Even if I am just one guy, the plural just feels right to say.
FANG: Besides our door, where has the project taken you thus far?
CAVORETTO: It’s more or less gotten me in touch with a worldwide horror community. Twitter really helped with that. Though I assume only a small percentage of my followers have actually listened to the music, it’s really gotten the Werewolves in Siberia name out there. Independent horror directors from the US and the UK have contacted me about the possibility of working on scores for their movies in the future. It’s really been a bunch of small milestones.
First, it was releasing an album digitally; then, having the startup UK cassette label, Graveyard Calling, putting out limited edition cassettes. The quality of the horror sites, like ZombieHamster and UKHorrorScen which did reviews, helped spread the word really helped get more people interested, too. From there it was FANGORIA. I know the FANGORIA Musick label is in its infancy stages, but I think it’s going to open a lot of doors and get some really cool horror music noticed.
FANG: What’s next for you, both with WEREWOLVES and other work?
CAVORETTO: I really don’t have any set timeline for anything. I always have a bunch of musical projects I want to do, but I keep coming back to Werewolves in Siberia because it’s so much fun. I’ve been working on the score to a UK sci-fi horror movie called POST/HUMAN. I’ve also been in talks about doing a companion score to an independent horror comic. I’m always working on material for a new album. As of right now, there’s not much but I’m in no hurry.
I’ve got a family and, unlike most people, I actually like my full time job. So, I’m happy taking it all in stride. I’m just having fun; definitely not trying to become a millionaire or anything. If I were, I wouldn’t be making music like this. So, I guess, I’m just going with the flow and hoping more people take the time to listen to the music and tell their friends about it.
To explore the world of WEREWOLVES IN SIBERIA and their exclusive FANGORIA Musick album “Dawn of the Flesheaters,” head here. And to discover even more great FANGORIA Musick check out our other artists here.