Backroads With Phyllis Episode Seven: Autumn Wolf Is Not A Fucking DJ

AutumnWolfWritten by Mel Says and Nathan Ryall 

It is very easy to forget the breadth of Detroit music when we are sloshing around in back rooms of cramped bars, listening to the thrilling sounds of high flying guitars and slamming bass drums But when we can take a step back from that explosion of energy, we remember the likes of Aretha Franklin and the Jackson Five, The Supremes and Marvin Gaye, all the way down to Eminem and Uncle Ted; acts that put Detroit on the map as a melting pot of musical mastery.

It is the depth of this influence that has bred music into our souls, like the blood, sweat, tears and hard work that go into a life on the line at an automotive plant. And it is out of this primordial ooze that something new has been born. Something as unique as the invention of the production line; that something is Autumn Wolf.

Comprised solely of creative mastermind Alex Kaye, Autumn Wolf is a combination of electronica, R&B, and even a little rap, with a solid backbone in good old fashioned Detroit rock and roll. Autumn Wolf is the modern day equivalent of a one-man-band, sans hokey musical apparatus, plus drum pads, looping machines and a plethora of other electronics that would normally be associated with an electronic act, but Autumn Wolf is not a fucking DJ.

The way it works is that each individual track is recorded before the track is muted and Kaye plays over a backing track while providing the majority of the vocals. Kaye’s live show is a massive juggling act that involves playing guitar, keyboard and his myriad of electronic doo-dads with seamless precision and copious amounts of skill. But this is not necessarily Kaye’s end-game, who says that he would love to play with a full band, and would especially love to have a drummer.

Kaye, or “The Wolf”, as he is affectionately called by his friends, can definitely be categorized as a workaholic as we found ourselves sharing a few beers and jamming some new tracks at “The Wolf Den,” Kaye’s home studio, on a Saturday night just after seeing one of his shows at UDetroit Cafe. He is currently working on releasing his third effort, just mere months after the release of The Wild Child EP, the record that landed Kaye a very exciting licensing contract. Few details could be shared about this deal but it nonetheless proves that Autumn Wolf is making moves and catching the ears of just the right people.

Don’t miss Autumn Wolf March 2nd at The Magic Bag, where he will share the stage with some of Detroit’s electro-fueled favorites; Phantasmagoria and FLASH CLASH. Big things are in store for Autumn Wolf and we’re honored to be accepted into his Wolf Pack.

 

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