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A Dirty Dozen with MELISSA WOLFE from SEPSISS – August 2020

| 17 August 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Sepsiss is a female fronted metal band from Manchester, NH, founded in 2011 by Melissa Wolfe and William Savant. Together, the band combines a traditional heavy metal sound with modern rhythms, light synths, and a blend of urban hardcore. Melissa sings clean vocals while William adds harsher vocal pieces. Cam Loud and William blend guitar roles for a unique shred fest. Mr. Goodbars plays haunting keyboards complementing Johnny Impact on bass.” We get Melissa to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

All of us being huge fans of video games, we have a Halo gaming community called “Immaculate Connection Gaming.” William is a huge fan of the story-line series and lore. So many of our electronic influences are reminiscent and similar to sounds you would hear throughout the Halo series.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I grew up in a household surrounded by music and performers. My father is a guitar player and he used to have a band when I was just a child. It didn’t take me long to realize I wanted a band of my own. So by the time I was in my teens, I ran off on my own adventure and formed Sepsiss along the way.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Growing up, I listened to a lot of Evanescence and I really looked up to Amy Lee. I would say, at first, that really was a big stepping stone towards the way my voice was defined.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Speaking for myself… Evanescence, Halestorm, Michael Jackson, Alesana, and Asking Alexandria.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

When it comes to collaborations, I feel that this career is still pretty new to us. We still have so far to go and should really be staying focused on our own goals. So if we were going to collaborate, that person would really have to fit along with our own sound.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Our music is kind of like if you took a giant melting pot, grabbed the best pieces of every genre, and mashed it all together like that. You’ve got electrifying guitars lead by melodic vocals, dance-able drum beats, atmospheric keyboard and down-tuned grueling bass. It just doesn’t get any better then that. Without mentioning names, despite landing sevens and eights on our demo-review, this one particular publication went as far to say that our entire ensemble was unoriginal and transparent/ boring. To be honest, the temperature of his frustration made the article amusing when comparing it to the presentation itself. One thing we have never been called is “unoriginal.” You gotta take the good with the bad.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

William Savant is the band chef, without a doubt! lol. But lately he has been teaching me how to cook a few things as well… I can make a pretty mean chicken dinner now! Haha. Cam Loud is the one who is first to break out the drinks in any situation. William is definitely the first person to have an instrument. He doesn’t go anywhere without his guitar. You’ll catch him sometimes walking with the acoustic down the street, no strap, like he was born with the instrument attached to his hip.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Sadly I’ve never had the chance to see his show in person or meet him, but it is definitely Michael Jackson still to this day.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part about being a musician is the hard work. Because it is just that…hard work! You put in all this time and effort, and only YOU can create your results. You have to do something about it and make it a reality by “doing” in order to become successful. Your reality is totally up to you. If i couldn’t be a musician… I wouldn’t call it a dream job. I suppose I would have to be a model/ artist. I already do that anyway, but if I wasn’t doing music for whatever reason, those things would have to take the reigns.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I really don’t know what I would ask as an interviewer, I’m completely blindsided. However, we get asked about collaborations a lot. I would rather skip questions about collabs and questions like “who do you sound like?”, It’s not because it’s in bad taste… the questions themselves are fine. When I tend to think of making art, I don’t forget my influences, but i don’t channel them either.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

I do not feel like there is anything in the world I would change. I wouldn’t want to go back in time. Things often happen for a reason so I’ll let life take its course.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I tip my hat to the greats, and I’m on the learning course. So far most of my experience has been truly my own. I can’t recall a moment in rock and roll that I would want to be a part of other than living in the moment.




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