Get set for a wild and adventurous ride of epic fantasy synthwave. Star Wolf is the solo project from Visigoth guitarist Lee Campana and with the release of his cassette we asked some questions to the intergalatic wolf-man himself.
Explain us a little bit how you work on music.
The way that i work on music for Star Wolf is probably pretty similar to many other electronic artists. My DAW of choice is of course FL studio which seems to have the most efficient flow for drawing all of the midi in each song for me…although I do not record any synthesizers live I do often write using an electric guitar and sort of cross back and forth between working out a particular melody with the guitar and drawing the midi lines on the computer and vice-versa. On tracks The First StarFighter and the particularity guitar laden bonus track for this release Avernum this can easily be heard. All mixing and mastering is done within FL Studio as well.
What is your music history, have you played in other projects, bands, solo performances before?
My music history lies primarily in the genre of hard rock and classic metal…my first love was the guitar and I became obsessed with the sound and raw energy of it which eventually led me into metal music and so forth. The other main project that I currently write songs, the instrumental music and perform lead guitar for is Visigoth also out of Salt Lake City, Utah…my route into electronic music was somewhat accidental in that I’d always loved videogame and movie soundtracks that had a heavily synthesized score, one day out of sheer curiosity I got FL Studio installed on my home PC and quickly I realised the possibilities and limits to what can be done working with this program and synthesizers in general was far beyond what I anticipated and I was immediately sucked in. I self taught myself with YouTube videos and spending countless ours into the early morning playing around with the program when it was too late to be recording guitar…I’m still pretty sure I do not use the program anywhere near exactly as it was intended since many songs are a single “pattern” and I don’t ever really use the loop function haha. I have also collaborated as a session guitarist for other slc based projects and recorded the guitar solos for Caladan Brood and Gallowbraid as well as scoring some student videogame and animation projects from the University of Utah.
What is the feeling/idea you want to portray with this album?
For this first album I think one of the main feelings I wanted to portray was that of an adventure or going on a journey of some epic proportion and the feeling of an epic setting. The songs switch between a fantasy adventure melodies like in dungeon planet and Avernum to more sci fi feelings like The First Star Fighter and The Ballad of Star Wolf with lots of clearly familiar videogame melodies and motifs. I suppose I’ve imagined Star Wolf to be a kind of ambiguous character or hero that exists in the context of each song and takes on an imaginary challenge in my head to the feeling each of the songs gives as opposed to me being the one who is Star Wolf exactly. Of course the name of the project comes from the Nintendo game Starfox from one of the villains and although I do love that game immensely this project isn’t necessarily about the antagonist character Star Wolf from that game but maybe more of a bootleg spin off story of a hero named Star Wolf that can take on multiple different contexts and settings…haha, I apologise if my own over analysis gets in the way of anyone listenings idea, certainly the album tries to tell a story of an adventure which I think can be I interpreted in many different ways.
Well, all we have left to say is STAR WOLF RULES! Listen below to the Star Wolf album and check out the shop section on this site or Bandcamp for more info.