Do talk about your new album Resurrection After-Party for a
bit, and how would you describe its specific sound and feel?
I broke it up into 3 parts. If you get the EP you wouldn't know it, but
the CD back cover gives somewhat of an explanation. There are 9 songs, the
first are the most aggressive, then it goes to a happy medium, then the
last 3 are more methodical and cerebral tracks at the end. I like music to
sound powerful yet beautiful. Whenever I write that's what I go for.
were your initial inspirations for recording the album?
husband Shane Wolfe (he is my production mentor) is my biggest influence
and inspiration. His music is very different from mine but it has that
power and beauty I admire. But other than that colors and my emotions
create music inside of me, before I realise it. If I am extremely sad or
happy there is music in my head. Sometimes it's piano or violins, but
there is almost a constant mental soundtrack in my head. I used to hate it
but have learned to embrace it now.
can you tell us about your production process?
write music first... sometimes it comes to me in a flood all at once.
Sometimes it begins with just one sound that builds and builds until it's
a complete creation. The process is magical, it's extremely addictive.
When you are in the 'zone' you don't want any interuptions it's like a
religious experience with God. You don't want to break communion with it
because it's a special experience that you can't will... it happens when
it happens like lightning.
about your collaborators for a bit, and what did they bring to the
I wrote and produced the entire album. Except for Something
Wicked, which was produced by my husband, you can hear the
genius that I so admire in that song. He did not intend that song for
me... but when I heard it, I was like "That's my song. It speaks to me,
I gotta have it." And luckily he allowed me to write lyrics for it
and track my vocals.
The $64-question of course, where is the album
It will be available in physical CD form on
Valentine's Day. This year. The EP is already available on Amazon, Itunes
and over 30 different online stores. Most major ones and a few illegal
international sites as well. I won't see a penny of that but I am
flattered they want to steal it so it's all good. The physical CD will
only be available on reverbnation.com - search for
Chipped Polish Records on Reverbnation.com.
Anything you can tell us about audience
and critical reception of Resurrection After-Party so far yet?
main fanbase is in Cali and UK. I have no idea why that is... the cover is
amazing and I have had great feedback on the image of a Zombie smoking a
cigarette. That is not a drawing btw, that is an actor in full
professional costume, and special effects make-up. As far as my music, my
supporters keep me going... they keep me writing and sharing. This album
is my best work, over 4 years. My first full album and I am really proud
of it... I hope others like it but nothing can make me feel bad about
something I wrote from my heart. It's me... in music form. So if you like
me... you will like the music that was scooped from me. Ya know? It's the
same stuff! :P
got you into making music to begin with, and did you receive any kind of
formal education on the subject?
I come from a long line of
wonderful musicians and vocalists. I grew up with so many instruments
around my house. My formal training began as a vocalist and actress first.
Being good musically was something I did to make me a better actress for
musicals. I wrote my first song when I was 14, but I can remember as a
toddler pointing to music notes and trying to make music... I would sing
or hum aloud. That always felt very natural to me. Now I realize music is
my calling even though acting was my first love.
do talk about your approach to making music for a bit!
think of a visual aid first... like cotton candy or a feeling like the
word 'spooky' that is if I am writing for someone else or for a set goal.
That's how I try to begin by capturing the essence of something tangible.
If I am writing just to write... it just flows from me like poetry... I
let it control me, instead of trying to control 'it'.
What can you tell us
about your releases prior to Resurrection After-Party?
briefly released an EP a couple of years ago, but then quickly retracted
it. I realized I was just releasing it just to release something... this
time quality was really important to me. I did not rush anything... I
wanted it to be something special and memorable. A real album, a keeper.
So this is my best... no song on this album is just crap I layed out for
fun. Each one is a masterpiece for me... that's how hard I worked on each
song, every single pause... every note. I took absolutely nothing for
granted... I wanted to respect my listeners, their time. The time they
give me is a gift, and I want to give them a blessing in a way for
choosing my music at that moment. Because a musician wants to be heard...
validated. I heard it in my head but I put on an album so I could share it
with you & the world. So if my work isn't heard then it was all in
vain in a way... so any time a person listens they give me a gift. And I
never want to take that for granted... ever.
a studio session/a live show with Stephanie Wolfe usually like?
live show varies... for some reason the more people the more energy I
have. I feel more electric. I put alot of thought into the order of songs
because I want to take the listener away... I want to transport you to my
world. A magical musical world where you can let go and feel safe for a
while. I love seeing people dance and sing with me. I try to do one or two
covers because I love it when people sing along. It's very engaging to see
someone singing with me... it makes me feel like they are on stage right
The studio is a different story... I am nervous...
high energy. Focused and intense. That's a darker crazier place.
Especially if I am singing an emotional song... sometimes I cry. I don't
care if I sound good... I just want to make sure my voice is telling the
truth... that I am not acting, that the emotion is raw and real.
of course also have to talk about your project Paw Cinematic Indie
Network, which promises to be a great interface between indie music
and indie movies, for a bit!
Thanks for asking about it!
Paw Cinematic is a non-profit organization in which Indie filmmakers
contact me with their musical needs and I send out the word to indie
musicians then I take all submissions and forward them to the filmmakers
to let them decide. Right now actually I need a techo song for a trailer
and my friend Char Hardin is looking for a theme song for her podcast. So
if you are a musician reading this send me what you got
Musicians who inspire you?
and my husband Shane Wolfe. I wake up sometimes and hear Beethoven aloud
as if someone is in the next room. I don't know if I am dreaming but it's
so loud and clear, also beautiful. I have ear problems, hearing issues and
actually wonder if I knew Beethoven in past life or something... but the
music he wrote was special. Powerful and beautiful which is my cup-o-tea!
since this is first and foremost a film website: Your favourite movies?
like period movies, sci-fi as well. I go for story line vs special
effects. I dig The Wizard of
Oz, the original one. I love Terminator 1
and 2, don't count the other ones they made... hated them. I also LOVE
Les Miserable, the one with Liam Neeson not the musical version (have not seen
it). I will pretty much watch anything with Samuel L. Jackson, or Liam
Neeson in it just to see/hear them act. I love their voices. Voices
are very important to me. If I don't like someone's voice it's hard to
finish watching the film... Jennifer Lopez has an annoying voice to me,
it's hard to watch her films for me at least. Sean Connery has a wonderful
tone, so does Morgan Freeman which are other actors I could just listen to
forever. Angelina Jolie also has a soothing voice... I don't really care
for her acting but for movies her voice is pleasant.
and of course, films you really deplore?
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Terminator 3 is
the worst movie ever made and I absolutely can't stand Mel Gibson movies
like Braveheart. Not into bloody macho stuff. I also really disliked
The Passion, I wish I could undo seeing it. Waste of film.
album's website, Facebook, whatever else?
For the physical CD or EP as well.
you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
I am glad you asked... I am currently producing a film I wrote called Blood &
Stone, it is a crime thriller. I am very excited about it and
trying to fund it. Here is the fanpage for it.
for the interview!