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Interview with We Are WolvesArticle and Interview by Mélanie Araveyn Lessard
Mélanie : How does We Are Wolves approach creation?
Alexander Ortiz: I’d say the connection happens and it transcends you, you can’t know where it comes from, it stems from life experience.
Vincent Lévesque: It’s just like when we are in the jam space, when it happens, you just know it works, it feels right.
A.O.: I don’t agree with it completely, when something good shows up, it becomes pernicious; it takes a whole other dimension. It becomes psycho-analytical, for me. You’re not sure how it happened and start wondering how it even appeared.
You’re always questioning the origin of those inspired glimpses afterwards?
A.O.: Yes, and I am always surprised by how right it feels, how comfortable I am with it. Yet. I won’t just accept it as plainly perfect, it feels right to reassess it. I don’t take it as being struck by the “Thunder of God” ! (laughs)
V.L.: To me it’s obvious that the songs on the albums, all happened from the right place.
A.O.: I believe most of it happens this way, but there is a lot of hard work involved; I work on it at home, I rethink things through. Six months later, you listen to it and it’s as if it had always been this way; the track stands on its own. You can’t even tell insomnia was involved!
Pierre-Luc Bégin: It’s like a puzzle you have to put togheter, and then it eventually falls into place.
A.O.: That’s it! And then you get to catch your breath! (laughs)
What would you say are the recurring themes in your vision with We Are Wolves?
V.L.: The themes you experience are not taken to the first degree, yet are very connected. For example, I like architecture, its something I naturally notice. It puts me in a state of mind conducive to creation. It is something that appears to be silent, but I perceive it to be particularly eloquent. It puts me in a place where I can experience emotions. But, of course, we don’t sing about architecture!! (laughs)
A.O.: There are great philosophies coming from the architectural thought structure, the origin of all mathematical structures. The implication of humanity within it makes it alive, it adds motion and life to it.
P-L.B.: I agree with what’s been said; to me, it’s nothing tangible either, it’s more of a flow I feel, I rarely can isolate moments or situations where I could say:”THAT’S when I got inspired”. It’s a very spontaneous thing, the way I experience it, I am careful not to add filters. Taking it from the present moment.
A.O.: I really enjoy the interaction between spontaneity and reflection; how through reflection, there always are accidental moments that can bring an entirely different vision, taking everything in a different direction. It happens quite often, when I work on a riff at home, I then bring it to the band and as we play it, a “mistake” happens, outside of our usual patterns, which will then create an interesting tension, that grabs our attention. We take time to live it through, spontaneously, to then reflect on it, craft it, turn it into something more.
V.L.: When this happens, we usually will all hear it, it gets to us. We then isolate it so we can approach it again, plan it.
A.O.: Allowing parameters, the appropriate space for the instant to exist to use it to your advantage; allowing it to hurt you to make you feel the power of existence.
So this is all part of the emotional range where your creativity comes from; life itself, yet anxiety and pain are still very much part of it.
A.O.: Absolutely. That’s what life is; falling in love with love; believing in love brings a lot of suffering, envy, jealousy. We are fascinated by this instant, this tiny light, the euphoria it creates. Its the delirium love creates! (laughs) Everybody is crazy about love! But we are all well aware that it can tear us up.