CODY WOLFE Interview
When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I was only about 3 years old and I was singing along to "Me and Bobby Mcgee" in the shower I knew I wanted to be a something right then and there, later on I learned songs by Bob Dylan and at only 6 years old began performing them, "Blowing In The Wind" was one of my favorites the lyrics were so deep and meaningful.
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
I have a TON of them so this is a hard question, Bob Dylan mostly when it comes to writing music, many Nashville producers compared my writing to Dylans, at first I asked if it was bad, as if they were telling me it wasn't current. Then I realised what a true blessing and gift that is Dyan is truly the greatest songwriter in the world. Brad Paisley and John Fogerty most definitely when it comes to performing, they both know how to put on a show, and vocally always been a fan of Blake Shelton, Brantley Gilbert and Adam Lambert.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
Big Train guy right here has been on almost every passenger railroad on the east coast, funny the first country music singers were actually railroad workers, not cowboys. But you didn't know that did you?
What song of yours best describes you and why?
I really like "Better Without You" because growing up in highschool I was ALWAYS made fun of, teased and bullied. This is like a big in your face to every single person that treated me bad. Its almost like a modern day "How Do You Like Me Now" vibe to it kinda like a Toby Keith thing but way more salty.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
One of my dreams came true when I played at Simsbury Meadows HUGE 10,000 seat outdoor venue in my home state, night of the fireworks too Septemberfest, loved that one also enjoyed sharing a weekend with Colt Ford one time up at The Goshen Stampede!
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
Oof tough one, I'd pick different venues for different reasons, probably Greensboro Coliseum for its sheer size, Madison Square Garden because my grandfather said I'd never play there, Xfinity Center just so I could give it to my home state and Red Rocks because its legendary.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
Probably landing my name on Billboards site, I saw that as a really big milestone I used to watch the charts everyday as a kid and dream about being on them, my name on their site is a step closer because now I see it, its not in my head anymore. Its there and it can be done. I hope for my first Billboard charting number one song in the future as well as a gold record. Platinum records are cool too but the gold one is really special because that is like your first big milestone as an artist.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
Hey now what happens backstage stays backstage lmaoo well there was this one time in Boston all I remember is I met this chick and woke up to a room full of cats. Infinity Hall in CT had a great backstage area, dressing rooms, showers I recall a buffet too and I signed my name on the wall next to Dicky Betts and Pure Prairie League pretty cool.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
Love the performing aspect of it, although lately we haven't done much of that. Of course I love being chased by the ladies, thats happened a lot more than it ever used to and they seem to be getting more and more beautiful the more and more I release music.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I'd do something in music, producer, digital marketing specialist or something on the business side of things always wanted to be a CEO.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
Well one time, I was working for a golf cart taxi company in Nashville and couldn't afford to go see the biggest concert of the year, which just so happened to be The Rolling Stones, with Joe Walsh, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. Hell of a line up isn't it? Well as luck would have it these two beautiful girls had an extra ticket, I valeted the golf cart and got in with them. Amazing.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
CCR, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Hendrix, Elvis Presley, The Band, The Eagles, Janis Joplin, The Who, The Beetles, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jenning, Conway Twitty, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, KISS, Areosmith, ACDC, Justin Bieber, Brad Paisley, Hank Williams, Cody Wolfe, Queen, Eddie Van Halen, Taylor Swift and Morgan Wallen.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Write songs, As many as possible
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Food makes me happy, I love food traveling is fun too love adventures. Hate complaining and excuses from everyone girlfriends, people I work with in music. I am always driven towards amazing things. They should be too no excuses, more excuses you make the less gets done and the more time is wasted.
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
Kiss girls. Lol but mostly Write music. I'm never away from music, I'm always thinking about the next song and who its about.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry? I'd like to go back to when music was music, we were just in the studio talking the other day talent isn't a thing. Hasn't been since the 80s. I miss talent, I miss how records used to be made, the actual tape echo of the old machines, how you used to have to be a great singer because they didn't have tuning back then, doubletrackers I miss the plate reverbs and the hum of a 60s strat plugged into a Marshall. Now its "oh lets see this video on Tik Tok" it blows up for three days maybe a couple weeks if your lucky and is gone and forgotten about, I miss when music had value and wasn't instant gratification. When number ones were number one for weeks and months at a time and songs paid and artists were paid well. Its gotten so cheap and so generic. Lost a lot of its true art and meaning along the way and now the wrong people seem to make it while the right people with talent are cast aside. If I could trade every Twitter follower I had for a record sale, I would be very very happy because back when music was music, we'd be gold.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
Its becoming far less important, because people want someone they can relate to, sure the models were a big fad a few years back but the business has changed a lot. I've been telling labels this for years, that they needed someone relatable, no one listens, too busy signing the model type of people like Sam Hunt and Chase Rice. Love those guys but music is also about the real people, real people can be artists too and real people relate to other real people. They are finally waking up and finding that out, I knew it for years look how good Luke Combs is doing. Why? Because hes relatable!
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
Come from a very christan family, no tattoos for me.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
For one I'd take all the money being wasted and give it to people that actually need it, maybe in a HUGE stimulus check bigger then any presidents ever done before. I would make country music great again, cancel a certain DJ from the airwaves that has violated the US Payola law and make sure he's held accountable for his actions, I would also rehire Tige and Daniel as hosts of the morning show on The Big 98 and give Adam Sanders his first #1 under his own name. I'd also tell Wal-mart pack their bags and do everything I can to make them go out of business and put more funding towards American made factories and businesses.
What would your ideal day consist of?
Social Media, Email list research, Digital Marketing work, SEO work and researching breaking down analytics analyzing target market demographics, branding and merch options, Answering emails hiring contractors, producers, engineers, film crew ect, organizing a backing band, writing music, co-producing music and recording music, live streams, and tons and tons of marketing tricks breaking down trends and learning algorithms. Also reaching ideal brand presents, business perspective partnership opportunities and sending and replying to hundreds of tweets, tik tok comments, interviews and messages.
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
It hasn't affected me at all really, I was able to shoot a music video and do a ton of things during COVID, from traveling to hiking and going to an amazing spring in florida where the water is so clear you can see down hundreds of feet, I went to Memphis and saw Graceland and even went home for a bit, wrote a lot of songs and did a song a day challenge on Instagram where I'd write a song every day and post it.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Wanna say thank you I have seen a lot of people come together in a crazy time for the world all to help me out by buying my song or sharing it. Really means a lot to me to have fans like that.
How would you answer the question Who is Cody Wolfe and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
Its funny because most people only see you as one thing, either a star or a normal person hard to get people to see you for both. Being a star is the more confident side of me, I wake up and feel like I can accomplish anything. I have my downs too though, days where its like why do I even wanna do this? It gets hard sometimes, and a lot of people don't understand it at all.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
"Mud On The Tires" by Brad Paisley really hit me in highschool, mostly the guitar solo, I remember hearing him and just being blown away by it.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Its a really really really hard and unfair business, think twice and if there is something you want more do that, don't do music if you aren't willing to give it your entire life.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
John Fogerty easily feel like I'd learn a lot and he'd have some amazing stories.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
"Friends In Low Places" I mean how can anyone top that?
Or Maybe Amazing Grace, amazing story on how that was written.
What things make you uncomfortable?
Flying oddly enough still freaks me out a bit, I'm also not a huge fan of amusement rides.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
Probably my story of my life I went from living in a car to chartering a private jet and having everyone's attention in the entire music business. Feels really good.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
I hope some live shows are the works would love to play live again, and fingers crossed I would really like to have my first number one song, not sure if it will happen or not though.