Electronic Music Artist, Wavewulf (Nicholas Long), based in New Jersey, has been playing synthesizers since he was in middle school. Long was first inspired to play synthesizers when he saw Depeche Mode in concert in 1991. During high school and college, Long was able to hone his skills as a synth player in local bands, starting to compose music himself using his hardware synthesizers, midi and a sequencer, which he then recorded on a Tascam 4-track.
After graduating from college in 2000, Long moved to Boston in 2001, and then to New York City in 2006 (and across the river to New Jersey in 2016). Wavewulf was founded in 2017, after Long graduated from graduate school, and he used new and vintage equipment to record his first album, Oscillation. Oscillation came out in January of 2019. Since Oscillation, Wavewulf has expanded his synthesizer collection (Moogs, Korgs, ARPs, etc.) and decided to contact an old friend from his college band days, Christopher John Donato, to play drums and sing vocals on his recent album Green Decay, which came out on Feb. 5th, 2020.
Wavewulf recorded Green Decay partly out of frustration with the current political environment in the US (and around the world), especially regarding the current path political leaders are on toward the destruction of our precious planet. Besides the more obvious environmental and political themes in his music, Wavewulf explores the complicated questions of life, death, love, the universe and spirituality.
Where are you based?
West New York, New Jersey (just across the Hudson River from New York City)
How long have you been making music?
Since I was in middle school, about 5th grade (so about 30 years now).
What genre would you consider your music to be?
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
Probably a combination of my father being a musician and recording engineer and seeing several electronic acts from when I was in Junior High School (and through High School and College and beyond).
What are your biggest musical influences?
Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode, New Order, Brian Eno, David Bowie (esp. Berlin Trilogy era), Tangerene Dream, Wendy Carlos, Neu!, Can, Ulrich Schnauss, the Cocteau Twins, many others.
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
I’m an independent artist (but, I would not mind being signed to a good label).
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
Well, to be honest, getting the money together to make and promote music on a limited budget as an independent artist.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
Green Decay is my second album, my debut album Oscillation came out in January of 2019. I’m in the process of working on my third album which will probably be titled “Space Art and Angels”. It will likely be released late this year or early next year (2021).
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
Green Decay was made partly out of frustration with the current political situation in the United States (and around the world really) and the destruction of our precious planet by pollution and climate change.
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
Like I mentioned before, I’m in the process of working on my third album, which will likely be titles “Space Art and Angels” and be released late this year or early next year.