Introducing Box of Wolves //
Frankly, I’m not sure how or when I first heard of Canadian music blogger/producer Gabriel Akinrinmade, aka Box of Wolves. All I can recall is that he runs a pretty awesome indie music blog called The Venom Blog, and that we’re Twitter buddies. Then, as recent as two days ago, he mentioned me in one of his tweets, along with a link to download his Courtship EP for free. Well, who doesn’t like free shit? So off I went and grabbed it. And guess what, my mind was blown away. All of the sudden I was reminded of his mixes (juxtapositionally themed 22°C and Shades) he put on Soundcloud a few months ago. It’s these collections of shimmery, hazy chillwave tunes… something along the lines of what you’ll hear from Courtship, which, by the way, has officially made it to my “sex playlist.” Yes, it’s THAT good. This man deserves to be heard and known, so here I am, catching up with the brains behind Box of Wolves for a bit of a tete-a-tete casual. Dig it.
You’re something of a mystique. The internet doesn’t really contain your information (except for that brief bio on Twitter), do you mind telling us briefly about yourself?
Haha! Hmm, I haven’t really been good at describing myself. I guess that’s why I just stick with the short bio. In real life, I’m a web programmer. I do a lot of art also. You may not have noticed, but these skills are what makes it easier for me to design my blog and pages adding a little “cool factor” and also making it easy for user to use. I don’t need to describe how much I love music ‘cause you already know that. I started an electronic/chillwave project as Box of Wolves about 3 months ago and the sounds just recently started seeing daylight. Apart from Box of Wolves, there are few small projects on the DL that will surface soon.
When did you start making music?
I started making music in 2006. Although back then I wasn’t really sure what direction I wanted to go because I listen to all kinds of music (except mainstream). I made a few rap records. I made an underground electronic/rap EP in 2008 titled A Nerdy Session which basically as the title suggests “nerd rap’! Oh and I was dared to do it by the way. I made a few beats after that but was getting distracted from school so I took a break from music and just focused on blogging up until I graduated the university last year in October.
I’m a huge fan of chillwave. I listen to a lot of it which kinda pushed every track I’ve made in the last five months in that direction. Although, my sounds aren’t going to be always chillwave but it will always have a hint. Future tracks are starting to sound more electronic, dancey and dream. Don’t worry, it’ll still sound like my current tracks, just more advanced.
You also run a music blog called The Venom Blog, how and when did that happen?
The blog is a result of convenience (at first for myself ) back in 2009. Every time I traveled or at school or work I don’t have access to my music library so I post songs on the blog and with the help of stream pad, I can listen to just jams I’m really digging at the moment anywhere I am. But within the last two year the fans of the blog have grown on tumblr and I’ve realized that the blog is as useful to other indie fans, just it was to me. It’s one of the reasons why I try to stick to that routine of just audio posts, no need for editorial. Just music and maybe a download link.
What’s the indie music scene in Canada like at the moment?
Just like everywhere else, pretty moderate. There’s always 10 or 15% of the population in a area interested in indie music. Majority of these people are also people I have found to be very passionate about music. I saw a bunch of shows these last three months and I could not contain my excitement. The bands always stop by and for reason ticket prices too.
What song’s gaining the most plays on your iPod right now?
Hmm… “Ant Empire” by Gorillaz. I just found myself listening to that a lot lately.
Your Courtship EP has just come out, and it’s fantastic. What’s the story behind it? What was the inspiration?
Phew! I was avoiding this part. As the title suggests—courtship. During the time I was putting together tracks for the EP, I was going on a lot of dates and each song on this EP is kind of like a description, tones and visualizations of this dating process. After I made “Go Together,” I already knew I was going to stick with that atmosphere with the rest tracks after it. By the way, I didn’t put the actual “Courtship” song in this EP.
Gabriel has also done some pretty sick remixes for people like Heartsrevolution and Childish Gambino, so be sure to check that out as well!