Interview with the Band Circus Wolves (UK)

By Mick Michaels

The Cosmick View: Hello, and welcome to The Cosmick View/MBM Ten Pounder! Thanks for taking some time to chat with us!

CV: Describe your definition of the band’s sound and style and how does that definition uniquely describe the music?

Circus Wolves: We like to think of ourselves as a good mixture of indie, rock and roll and punk. We pride ourselves on our live shows, the melody we put into our tunes and the time we spend together to make each song meaningful. 

CV: Today, everyone talks about artist and audience connection. Is such a level of connection actually achievable for an artist and if so, how have you made the connection to your fans?
Circus Wolves: Again, our live shows tend to be the connector between us and the audience, we like to think our energy and showmanship is appealing, as much as the songs themselves. 

Obviously the past year has made developing those relationships tough, but hopefully we’ll be back out playing shows before too long.  
CV: Is fan interaction an important part of the band’s inner culture?
Circus Wolves: It’s a big part of what we do, but we also are quite single minded in our way of working. We constantly try to walk that line and manage expectations externally with our own internal ambitions/priorities.

CV: Can a band truly interact with its fans and still maintain a level of personal privacy without crossing the line and giving up their “personal space” in your opinion?
Circus Wolves: I think we show the side of ourselves that we choose to show, and that means we can keep certain things to ourselves, which is hugely important.

CV: Is music, and its value, viewed differently around the world in your opinion?  If so, what do you see as the biggest difference in such multiple views among various cultures?
Circus Wolves: Music is music. We can only draw on what we’ve seen in the UK but thankfully we’re in a pretty good scene here in Manchester. 

CV: Do you feel that a band that has an international appeal, will tend to connect more so to American audiences? Would they be more enticed or intrigued to see the band over indigenous acts because of the foreign flavor?
Circus Wolves: Whether that’s true or not, we try and stay true to ourselves. The bands we really love, the classic indie bands of the 80s such as Joy Division, The Stone Roses and The Smiths never Americanized their sound, and we don’t feel we have to or should do either. 

CV: Has modern-day digital technology made everyone an artist on some level in your opinion? Have the actual lines of what really is an artist been blurred?
Circus Wolves: I think the ability of people to have some creative outlet is fantastic, and the more technology we as a society have access to the better.

CV: How would you describe the difference between an artist who follows trends and one who sets them?
Circus Wolves: I think that kind of stuff is hyped more from the outside than within. We aren’t really interested in that kind of difference; we just like creating what feels natural to us. 

CV: Has music overall been splintered into too many sub-genres in an effort to appease fan tastes in your opinion? And has such fan appeasements, in actuality, weakened music’s impact as a whole by dividing audiences?
Circus Wolves: Again, not to labor on the point but we’re very much of the opinion that whatever comes naturally to an artist is correct. Don’t get me wrong, we’re not saying we love how music is currently, but who are we to say that what we create is any better than what anyone else does. Assuming the artist creates the material, no one can complain.

CV: What can fans except to see coming next from you?
Circus Wolves: We released our new EP in November, we have a number of tunes in the pipeline and hopefully some live shows, as well as a couple of videos. 

CV: Thanks again for taking some time and talking. It is greatly appreciated.  

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