Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with WVM.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about yourself:
WVM: I’m a multi-instrumentalist, visual artist from Los Angeles, I like creating music that blends genres into hard to classify songs.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
WVM: That’s a tough question. I love Aphex Twin, David Bowie, Death Grips, Behemoth, Philip Glass, and Micheal Jackson.
METAL ANARCHY: What can you say about your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
WVM: “After the Fall” “Duel” and “CRA” are my latest singles. “After the Fall’ is a unique mixture of electro and rock, I didn’t care about genres really, nor generic song structures, I just wanted to create something I wanted to hear. The genre clashing just happened that way, it wasn’t premeditated. In a way, I suppose it’s my subconscious combating people’s need to classify everything. Things have to fit a certain mold, I don’t want to fit any mold. I just want to create for my sanity. I create because I need to do it… there is no other way. The thing about “Duel” is it started from my anger at the situation below but when I write I like writing on a micro and macro level so the micro level was the harassment from racial profiling but then the rest of it morphed into the bigger picture, frustrations in general with all the injustices in world not just about race but about how messed up the world can be. How “Duel” started was from an incident when I was racially profiled for just walking down the street. 2 cops stopped me as I was walking for no reason other than the color of my skin. They flashed a light in my face and went through the whole process only to let me go since I have no record. But that’s where the lyric “take away that spotlight from my eyes, nothing can shield you from your lies” comes from. The shield part is the typical police badge etc. So they let me go and I continued walking only to come across the same police officers again 5 minutes later as I was crossing the street. The cop car actually accelerated as if to run me down, the cop driving stuck his head out of the window and laughed and then drove off. I went home after that and started writing “Duel” but I took my anger in that situation and started getting really angry at the injustices of this world. Most of the album is more electronics based and like “After the Fall” this song really defies genres and generic song structures. This is my song structure, don’t get me wrong, I write songs that are verse chorus verse chorus, but I really enjoy writing songs like this, where there are no 2 sections alike. It’s sort of like walking in a house and visiting each room only once even though you may like it. The only way to visit that room again is to walk back in the front door and do it over, with this song if you like a section the only way to revisit is to hear the entire song again. This kind of song structure is unique to me, it’s my signature. “CRA” is a neo-classical orchestral piece, I plan on releasing a number of songs in this genre.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
WVM: At the moment it’s just me, but I am expanding it to include a drummer soon. I think what people can expect is a raw release of emotion and creativity, I want to unload.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
WVM: Well I’ve been playing around with day trading and doing very well with it, so I see myself massively fucking wealthy. I got this on lock down. But also true success for me is the ability to express my thoughts and creativity, so I see myself very successful in that regard, I have a lot to offer and I am going to push as hard as I can to get my music out there to as many people as possible. I have a voice I want to share and I am going to push like a motherfucker to get it out there.