Joff Oddie, Joel Amey and Theo Ellis were special guests at BIMM Manchester for a Masterclass hosted by Matt Parker, Course Leader for Music Journalism. The young men in question are of course three-quarters of Mercury-nominated Wolf Alice, and they treated students to a terrific session featuring great advice and an exciting look at the life of a successful band.
Joff, Joel and Theo traced the history of Wolf Alice, from a folk duo in 2010 to their current four-piece incarnation. They discussed the early days of rehearsing, writing together for the first time, and reaching their own sound by melding diverse musical influences – everything from Miles Davis to Green Day.
As usual, the BIMM crowd had smart questions at the ready, including how to get gigs, how to deal with negative attention, the process of recording videos, the importance of image and more. The band were happy to answer and also discussed topics like tricky aspects of the recording process and some of the difficulties when working with producers.
Discussing their attitude to live performance, they said:
Joff also spoke honestly about the transition when coming off stage; he said:
When asked about being part of a female-fronted band, they offered:
The guys gave motivational advice to the students about getting out there and getting your music heard and spoke of the importance of looking after yourself while touring, and the importance of taking a rest “Don’t let yourself burn out”.
When asked about their biggest sacrifices in aid of their music, they answered;
There were plenty of other great soundbites of advice:
Student, Miriam Rahimov reported back:
Joseph Glencross told us:
Michael Craig agreed:
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