On one snowy November night we got immersed into the chill downtempo world of Only Wolf music. Talking with him was like floating in a river, all the way through the woods and mountains to the very heart of music creation. Discover his world with #kkchumans
I vividly remember the day I started making music. The day before was pretty significant for me. I was up in the mountains, doing some work — suddenly, I saw a pair of red eyes looking at me from the woods. I tried breaking a tree branch to use as a weapon, but instead I managed to break my nose. I stood there, my white t-shirt covered with blood as a pack of wolfs came out of the forest, trying to surround me. I started crying, yelling at the wolfs that they can’t eat me. At that moment I was sorry for being such a piece of shit, for not doing the right thing with my life. I ran away, trying to save myself at any cost as I jumped off a cliff. I survived, but my leg hurt badly. I ran trough the trees and mountains, as fast as I could. Wolfs were still chasing me. I was an easy prey, like a rabbit or a deer on Discovery channel. While running, I was thinking about my mother and the pathetic life I’ve been living. I decided. If I get away I will do what I really want to do in my life. I managed to get on the road and a random driver drove me to the hospital.
In the next few days I started making music around the hypnotic loops. Music was the only way to get over the tension I felt. The title of my first song was “Mr. Wolf”. Now I think that those wolfs were quite friendly, they actually let me go. It was one of the most stressful moments of my life, very significant and scary — that’s why my music is so fucking chill. When people ask me what is my life goal or motivation is, I always have one answer “Trying not to be eaten”.
Now I’m based in Spain, where I moved in March and set up my studio in two weeks. I had this moment of inspiration, wrote all the music and recorded it in one day. Each song was done in one-take. I always work like that: if it doesn’t happen, i’m not recording it. I believe in first-takes because there is something very sincere about it. I like my mistakes and am not ashamed of them. For example, the second song is a total improvisation, I didn’t have any lyrics. I can’t tell how much I love this song, because it’s a real purity of that one moment. That makes my music very “human”.
I do everything backwards: I first record the music and then learn it, practicing for the performance. I’ve already rehearsed 10 000 times, and I only have my own music on my iPod right now. It sounds a bit insane, like “I’m so into me”, but the truth is — I’m very passionate about it, I love what I’m doing. It’s important to be passionate, to stand for what you do, no matter what it is. If you don’t, then why are you doing it?