Electronic Music Artist, Wavewulf (Nicholas Long), based in New Jersey, has been playing synthesizers since he was in middle school. Long was first inspired to play synthesizers when he saw Depeche Mode in concert in 1991. During high school and college, Long was able to hone his skills as a synth player in local bands, starting to compose music himself using his hardware synthesizers, midi and a sequencer, which he then recorded on a Tascam 4-track.
After graduating from college in 2000, Long moved to Boston in 2001, and then to New York City in 2006 (and across the river to New Jersey in 2016). Wavewulf was founded in 2017, after Long graduated from graduate school, and he used new and vintage equipment to record his first album, Oscillation. Oscillation came out in January of 2019. Since Oscillation, Wavewulf has expanded his synthesizer collection (Moogs, Korgs, ARPs, etc.) and decided to contact an old friend from his college band days, Christopher John Donato, to play drums and sing vocals on his recent album Green Decay, which came out on Feb. 5th, 2020.
Wavewulf recorded Green Decay partly out of frustration with the current political environment in the US (and around the world), especially regarding the current path political leaders are on toward the destruction of our precious planet. Besides the more obvious environmental and political themes in his music, Wavewulf explores the complicated questions of life, death, love, the universe and spirituality.
Where are you based?
In West New York, New Jersey, USA (just across the Hudson River from NYC)
How long have you been making music?
Since I was a kid, I got my first (real) synthesizer, a Roland Juno 106 when I was in 5th grade.
What genre would you consider your music to be?
Electronic mostly, but with also quite a bit of dream pop or shoegazer influence too.
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
I just love music… I have wanted to pursue a career in music since I was a teenager. I only recently, nevertheless, started to release albums officially (a few years ago). I think this is probably because I had always heard how difficult a career in music was. I the long run, however, I decided that making music is a must for me from a creative, emotional, and even spiritual perspective, so I started recording and putting out albums.
What are your biggest musical influences?
Primarily bands/artists like Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, David Bowie (esp. the Berlin Trilogy era), New Order, Tangerene Dream, Pink Floyd, Goldfrapp, Röyksopp and such. Also, some perhaps unexpected influences for an electronic artist, such as Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello.
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
I’m currently an independent artist but I wouldn’t mind being singed by a reputable label.
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
Honestly, it’s the money aspect of it. Trying to make enough money to even fund recording, getting mixed/mastered, and putting out music/albums.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
2 (officially) so far, but I’m working on a third album that will be titled “Space Art and Angels”, which is probably going to be released late this year (2020) or early next year (2021).
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
Yes, as I said in my bio, I recorded Green Decay largely out of frustration with the current political environment in the US (and around the world), especially regarding the current path political leaders are on toward the destruction of our planet. Besides the more obvious environmental and political themes in my music, I try to explore the very complicated questions of life, death, love, and spirituality.
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
Yes, as I said before, I’m working on my third album now, which will be titled “Space Art and Angels” and is set to be released late this year (2020) or early next year (2021). Stay tuned!