This week, I bring you an interview with Andy Davidson, AKA Feed Your Wolves
Tell us about you, who are you and what are you about?
My name is Andy Davidson and I’m a singer/songwriter/musician from Teesside in the North East of England. I’m very passionate about music, for this project I have done everything myself from the recording, production, mastering, website building, merch design and all artwork.
Feed Your Wolves is an interesting name for you as a solo artist, where did it come from and why did you choose this over your own name?
I decided I didn’t want to release these records under my own name and eventually decided on ‘Feed Your Wolves’ because of a quote I had read. It goes like this…
There are two wolves always fighting inside me. One is filled with anger, hate, jealousy, shame and lies. The other wolf is filled with love, joy, truth and peace. The battle rages inside of you and everyone. Which wolf will win?
The one you feed.
Your latest EP is Hurricane – what was the inspiration behind the title?
Hurricane is about the chaotic whirlwind of mixed emotions that no one can see. It is the destruction of your soul, your heartache feelings which rip away every piece of you until you literally can’t breathe.
“It’s like a hurricane that never fades away and it’s Killing me. Can’t you see?”
Who would you say are your biggest influences?
I’m Influenced mainly by people around me, people who are passionate enough to dedicate their life to something. Musically I’m influenced by a range of music and genres particularly Bon Iver, Taking Back Sunday, Death Cab For Cutie, Coldplay and the Kings of Leon.
What is your proudest musical achievement so far?
I have done many musical things throughout my life so far but being able to throw myself into my music and lyrics under this most recent project has to be the most satisfying for me. I can’t ever explain the feeling I get when I see someone has played a song, or bought a CD. Something that never existed and I created from scratch. It’s a feeling like no other. It’s self satisfaction, it’s humbling… it’s happiness.
For anyone that hasn’t heard your music before, how would you describe your sound?
I think if I was pigeon holed, I would come under Indie Rock, but if you look a little deeper, you will find heart spilled lyrics telling the story of loss and hope. You will find raw acoustic tracks, fast paced energetic tracks, and underlying stories that you will feel.
What is your favourite track to play live and why?
Unfortunately I was just getting started with this project as we hit lockdown, but I am very much looking forward to playing live and I have to say I’m looking forward to playing ‘Let’s Start Over’ taken from my debut album. There’s something about that track for me which just resonates.
“I’m surrounded by the darkness. Not a hope or glimpse of light, with little voices saying ‘You should disappear’
I pretend that I can’t hear them, I will never let them win.
I’ve got to find something to change the way I live”
How do you think 2020 would have been different for you if Coronavirus hadn’t happened?
2020 would have definitely been very different. I had my first gigs lined up for Feed Your Wolves which all had to be cancelled, let alone my full time job as a singer/entertainer in a cover band came to a halt. It’s been a rough year, but hey I’m healthy and hungry to get back out and do what makes me happy. I can go on about how bad this Virus and restrictions have affected me but ultimately, I’m on of the lucky ones. It’s just been such a sad time for so many people I wish I could make a difference to their lives.
If you were headlining a gig and had to pick three other upcoming artists to support – who would you choose and why?
Great question. There are a lot of unsigned and amazing artists out there even local to us. Patrick Jordan would be a great choice, some really nice songs but mainly his passion for music and generosity in sharing tips and techniques for recording. I recently came across an artist called Jamie Grey who sounds really good so would be nice to share a stage with him, and finally I would say a band called ‘The Balcony’. Some really nice sounds coming from those guys.
What’s next for you?
What’s next? I’m currently working on my latest track called ‘Yours’ but it’s on hold for a short while as I upgrade my home studio setup. I’m hoping that the country will start opening up again very soon which means normal can resume with regard to my job and hopefully get those debut gigs booked in for Feed Your Wolves. When we are all up and running again I will definitely be working on my next album. I’m going to be using a lot more strings and piano on this one. It would be nice to collaborate with some different people with it too.
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