TED WULFERS Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

TED
WULFERS Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka: 
Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about
you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music
you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Wulfers: Well,
my name is Ted Wulfers and I’m a singer/songwriter,
multi-instrumentalist and touring musician in the Rock &
Roll/Folk/Pop/Americana/Jam genres. I’ve just released my 9
th
studio album called
Tremolo
Moon

and I perform as a solo artist or with my full band depending on the
tour. During my performances, besides singing, I often switch
between Guitars, Bass, Ukulele, Pedal Steel, Harmonica and Keyboards
and in the studio, I play a number of other instruments including
Piano, Organ, Drums, Lap Steel, Dobro, Mandolin, Banjo, Cello,
Percussion and more. I was born and raised in the Chicago, IL USA
area and when I’m not on the road, I live in Los Angeles, CA USA.

As
a recording artist, besides releasing 9 studio albums, a video from
one of
Tremolo
Moon’s

songs has gone viral and is currently studied at universities and
included in keynote speeches, I’ve had an official 2017 Record Store
Day vinyl release that went into the Baseball Hall of Fame, several
of my songs have been on the radio over the years including #1s and
top 40 singles in certain markets and several of my songs have been
in TV and film. My song
“San
Luis Obispo (Take it SLO)”

is considered by many around the world as the official song of the
city of San Luis Obispo. I’ve played over 1000 shows on tour in 43
US states and 5 countries, and several other artists have covered my
songs on their own albums. I’ve also co-written several songs with
artists that have gained TV licenses or radio play.

As
a composer, I’ve scored and performed the music for several award
winning films, TV shows and video games. As a music producer, I’ve
produced/recorded/engineered/mixed dozens of albums and singles for a
myriad of artists and singer/songwriters out of my 663 Sound
recording studio, and I am currently directing a documentary film on
the Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar inspired by
Bob
Dylan

renting my J-45 the other year.

I’ve
had several special guests on a number of my albums your readers will
be familiar with such as
Kenny
Aronoff

(John Mellancamp/John Fogerty),
Rami
Jaffee

(Foo Fighters/Wallflowers),
John
Payne

(ASIA),
LP
(Pop Superstar),
Matt
Walker

(Smashing Pumpkins/Garbage),
Jessy
Greene

(Pink/Foo Fighters),
Gia
Ciambotti

(Bruce Springsteen/Lucinda Williams),
Eric
Rigler

(Titanic/Braveheart),
Doug
Pettibone

(Lucinda Williams/John Mayer),
Katie
Ferrara

(Pop Superstar),
Paulie
Cerra

(Joe Bonamassa/Larry Carlton),
Carey
Deadman

(Frank Sinatra/The Producers)…just to name a few and…

I
cannot wait to get back to Europe for more shows as soon as possible!

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Lamitschka: 
How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Wulfers:
Musically
speaking, 2019 has been a really great year for me. I wrote, scored
and performed all the music for a TV Series called
Vendors
that won a bunch of awards at festivals. I’ve produced several
albums and singles for a number of artists and singer songwriters out
of my 663 Sound recording studio and the BIG news is that I’ve just
released my ninth original studio album,
Tremolo
Moon
.

I’m
so proud of
Tremolo
Moon

and the sounds and songs that came together for this new album. I
produced and recorded it all at my 663 Sound studio and then Grammy
Award winner
Malcolm
Burn

(Daniel Lanois/Bob Dylan/Emmy Lou Harris) mixed it and Grammy Award
winner
Richard
Dodd

(Tom Petty
Wildflowers/Traveling
Wilburys/Dixie Chicks) mastered it. For the vinyl version, Grammy
Award nominee
Ian
Sefchick

cut the vinyl at Capitol Studios in Hollywood on the very same lathe
as
Pink
Floyd’s

Dark
Side of The Moon

was cut on. Pretty cool!

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Lamitschka: 
What is your latest CD and how’s it doing?

Wulfers:
Tremolo
Moon

is my latest CD and soon to be released on vinyl this autumn. The
record is doing great and having a fantastic reaction with those who
have heard it. The video for
“Thoughts
& Prayers”

has already gone viral and several universities are studying the song
and including it in keynote speeches. People are telling me it’s my
most interesting album to date due to some of the sounds, sonics,
instrumentation, production style and lyrical subject. I’m really
proud of that!

Fans
have also really reacted to the cover art as well!
Wout
Wynants
,
an acclaimed Belgian artist, painted it. The cover art was inspired
by a truly paranormal adventure Wout and I had while hiking through a
cemetery near Bruges, Belgium and my rock ‘n roll colleague
Erik
Nielsen

did a fantastic job with the layout and art direction of the album as
well as the photography.

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Lamitschka: 
How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story
behind the name?

Wulfers: Well,
I’ve put out several albums in a row that are pretty rocking or super
happy/upbeat and even though
Tremolo
Moon
,
has some big fun and rocking songs, the record definitely has a
mellow feel to it. I struggled on choosing a title for a while
because I wanted the name to really reflect the music and then it
became so clear. I had recorded most of these songs during phases of
full moons, I wanted the expression “mellow” in the title
and tremolo is one of my favorite musical effects and treatments.
Thus,
Tremolo
Moon
.
The songs deal with some pretty heavy subject matter about life
and death and the upheaval of our modern world. So the definition of
tremolo is also very fitting sonically as well as philosophically –
“a wavering effect in a musical tone”

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Lamitschka: 
Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding
the songs for your CD?

Wulfers: I
write all the songs on all my albums and with
Tremolo
Moon
,
these are 12 new original songs. Some of these tunes were written
spontaneously in one-take during recording sessions and a couple of
these, I’ve played live on tour beforehand. I produced, recorded
and engineered all these songs and recording sessions as well. I
really love writing a song and having it recorded within minutes of
the original idea. You capture the moment while it’s fresh and most
powerful.
Malcolm
Burn

did such a great job mixing these recordings and working together, we
really gave this record a sound!

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Lamitschka: 
Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Wulfers: On
this album, I was really influenced by world events, my own world
travels, walking late at night and I wanted the sounds to soar,
shimmer and shake around the lyrics.
“The
Ghosts”

is a haunting and ethereal song about losing those closest to you.
“Sego
Canyon”

is a science fiction epic that questions whether or not we are alone
in the universe. The song is also inspired by my real life encounter
I had at Sego Canyon by happenstance.
“Fall
In Love”

explores the mystical mood and feeling of going out on the town late
at night in search of love, lust and whatever the evening will bring.
“1980s
Movie (John Hughes)”

is an autobiographical tale of a romantic adventure I had that
unraveled as if it were straight out of a John Hughes film. I wrote
“Thoughts
& Prayers”

a few days after the horrible Las Vegas, Nevada mass shooting as my
reaction to the epidemic of gun violence in the United States and
“World
I Knew”

is a study of how humanity keeps slipping back into unfortunate
behaviors and mindsets…especially in regards to nuclear war and
climate change. It’s a hopeful love ditty really just set in a world
gone wrong.

“Anna,
Queen of Bruges”

came to me after I had the most remarkable and delightful wander in
Bruges, Belgium. I tried my best to write something as beautiful and
sweet as that city is!
“Die
In My Sleep”

is a sultry, sweaty, slow song that helps to inspire the desire to
seize the day.
“Fleur
De Lis”
and
“Summertime
Festival Girl”

were spontaneous first-takes singing and playing guitar. Both are
such fun and sexy songs and I really love when impromptu jams become
wonderful songs and album cuts.
“Desert
Driver”

was a one-take lap steel meditation that I added one-take of bass to
and then
Rob
Humphreys

dropped on one-take of drums. And
“Red
Shoes”
….
I have no idea what
“Red
Shoes”

is about or where it came from. It’s a tune I sang to myself in the
shower over and over again for a week, so I recorded it!
(Laughs)

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Lamitschka: 
What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Wulfers: Well,
to answer that, I would say mood and sound. My last release was the
single I wrote about the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series and
that was a 7″ single on vinyl as an official 2017 Record Store
Day release. However, my last full album/CD is called
You
Are Here
.
It’s a fun, beachy, rock ‘n roll ukulele album. Around 2012, I had
collected quite a large number of ukuleles and wrote a batch of songs
that fit them perfectly and recorded that album in 2013 at my 663
Sound recording studio in Los Angeles. Several songs from that album
wound up getting radio play and one song,
“San
Luis Obispo (Take It SLO)”

had a music video nominated for several awards and that song has had
a bunch of TV airplay and as I mentioned before, considered by people
around the world as the official song of the city of San Luis Obispo
in California. The songs
“Find
Some Peace,”

“Earth
Tones,”

“Play
The Ukulele”

and
“Lau
wiliwili nukunuku ʻoiʻoi’”

have all gotten a lot of love, airplay and attention and the song
“Happy
Day”

is a favorite of Disney’s
Bill
Farmer

(the voice of Goofy). He said in a radio interview that he listens
to
“Happy
Day”

in order to get into a better mood and prepare for voice over work.
Talk about an amazing compliment!!

The
difference between
You
Are Here

and my new album
Tremolo
Moon

come down to mood and sonics. I wanted
Tremolo
Moon

to be darker, a bit more mellow, and more atmospheric.
You
Are Here

hardly has any reverb on it and uses lots of compression on the
vocals. For
Tremolo
Moon
,
I wanted a more lush and open sound that takes you on an ethereal
daydream. Also,
Tremolo
Moon

has songs that deal with many more serious topics. I feel as an
artist…every record needs to sound like YOU at that moment in time.
And time changes and so should your albums. That way when you play
a couple tunes from each of your records at shows on tour, the set
lists provide a wonderful variety of sounds and experiences for the
audience. I’m super proud of
You
Are Here

and
Tremolo
Moon
.

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Lamitschka: 
Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is
special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Wulfers: I’ve
been blessed to have several of my songs get radio play throughout my
career and with
“Thoughts
& Prayers”

from
Tremolo
Moon

getting attention lately is truly a sign of the times. There’s a
very sad epidemic going on in the U.S. and not a lot of artists are
writing about or addressing the problem. In your career, you must
reflect on the good times and the bad and unfortunately, this was a
song that had to be written. What makes me so proud of the song is
that it has inspired conversation and debate and has resonated with
people on both sides of the issue. In art, that is extremely rare so
it really is a testament to the song and message making a difference.
As an artist and writer, any time you can have that in your career
is really special….and much more gratifying artistically than
having a hit song about the latest dance craze or “hey there
baby” or “la-di-da…”

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Lamitschka: 
What will your next single be?

Wulfers: I’m
debating between
“Sego
Canyon,” “1980s Movie (John Hughes)”

and
“The
Ghosts.”

Which do you think it should be?
(Laughs)
“Sego” and “1980s” are just so damn fun that I
can’t wait for people to hear these new tunes!

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Lamitschka: 
What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Wulfers: I
love recording all kinds of songs from rock to folk to classical.
But I really love recording rock ‘n roll/pop/folk songs. Real
instruments going into real microphones live with real emotion
pouring from the artist into the ears of the listener. That’s the
best. My studio, 663 Sound is filled to the gills with tons of
vintage analog gear, vintage guitars, amps, pianos, microphones and
outboard gear. The studio is very warm and is built to deliver
powerful, honest and emotional music. The artists I produce are just
that and my own albums I make there hopefully live up my intended
goals. Fast, Slow, Mid Tempo, Mellow…if it’s good, fun,
interesting and has a vibe or a feeling, I’m all about recording it
and bringing it into the world for us all to listen to.

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Lamitschka: 
You did a duet with LP. How did that happen to come about?

Wulfers: Yes,
LP
and I met a number of years ago at a
Cracker
show. She had sung on their albums and we were mutual friends. We
hit it off and did some touring together. She sang on my
Cheap
Liquor

album on a song called
“I
Got Home Late”

where we duet and she also sang on two songs from my
Lucky
No. 7

album on
“The
Rock & The Roll”

and
“Friday
Night High.”

Recently, the
LP
fan clubs on Instagram have discovered
“I
Got Home Late”

and keep sharing it. The song has blown up a bit recently. It’s a
great song and I’m grateful for their response.
LP
is such a powerful and amazing artist. It’s been so fun to see her
rise to becoming a global superstar sensation. She’s earned
it…that girl can sing!

I
really love the two duets on
Tremolo
Moon

I do with
Katie
Ferrara

and
Gia
Ciambotti
.
Gia joins me on
“Summertime
Festival Girl”

and Katie on
“World
I Knew.”

Not only are they two of my favorite voices to sing and work with,
but they are both such great people. The laughs go on for hours!

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Lamitschka: 
What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and
what’s the story behind it?

Wulfers: I’ve
recorded hundreds of songs so that’s a tricky question because I’ve
had so many favorites and it’s hard to pick just one.

On
my new
Tremolo
Moon

record, I had a lot of fun recording
“Fall
In Love”

because I wanted the song to feel like the streets of New Orleans,
Paris, Bruges or Berlin very late at night but I wanted it to sound
like the way
Sinatra
recorded it in the 50s at Capitol.
(Laughs)
Getting that feel in my studio was a lot of fun and an interesting
challenge. When people tell me that song reminds them of film noir,
I’m very proud and flattered.

Also
on this record,
“Fleur
De Lis,” “Summertime Festival Girl”

and
“Desert
Driver”

were all recorded in one take completely impromptu so those are fun.

“Sego
Canyon”

was the first song I’ve ever recorded at 432hz instead of the
standard 440hz format so that was a blast and an interesting feeling
recording with that new method (to me) for this new album.

On
previous albums, when I recorded
“Break
My Heart”

and
“Me
and Miss 4th of July”

with drum legend
Kenny
Aronoff

on drums, that was pretty life changing. Kenny is so inspiring as a
musician, and as a human, that being around him, his success and
strength are contagious.

But
one of the craziest stories was when I recorded
“The
Cubs Won It All In 2016”

in 2016. The Cubs had just won the World Series for the first time
in 108 years and for a lifelong baseball fan and Cubs fan, it was a
pretty enormous deal! The night they won, I was driving home from a
celebratory party when the song idea came to me while driving and
when I got home and picked up a guitar to strum it out, I realized
that this song was pretty amazing and special. So I spent the next
few hours recording it instantly. Every part thrown together quickly
in one take and I did a quick mix on it and sent it out into the
world around 6am. I went to bed at 7am and by noon, the song was all
over the radio, all over TV and people were buying it and playing it
for the headstones of their loved ones at cemeteries. It was intense
and surreal. The song exploded and was part of the 5 million-person
rally in Chicago a couple days later. The following Monday, I was
contacted by the Baseball Hall Of Fame that the lyrics had gone into
their archives and exhibits and a few months later, the single was an
official Record Store Day exclusive release.
Nikki
Sixx

even played it on his radio show! A folk song about baseball!!
Written in minutes, recorded and mixed in a couple hours and a hit
song hours later. That kind of experience in music or sports only
happens every 108 years and I’m honored to be the guy who did it!!

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Lamitschka: 
How much creative control do you have over your music?

Wulfers: I
have full creative control over my music. Creating music is when I
am at my happiest and purest as a human being. Some songs come about
instantly…some take a while. I have some great friends I’ll bounce
ideas off of and I’ve been lucky to work with some of the best ears
and musicians in the business. But as far as creative control over
my music, I’m captain of the ship.

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Lamitschka: 
There’s a lot of work that goes into a number one hit. What did it
take to make it in your case?

Wulfers: Besides
my Cubs song, I’ve had two other songs blow up on radio in my
career. One was
“The
Carl Rogers Blues”

from my
Drivin’
Barefoot

album and the other was
“Here
We Go”

from my
Lucky
No. 7

album. “The Car Rogers Blues” was number 1 for 40 some weeks on
Nashville Independent Radio and the song was inducted into their
songwriter hall of fame. That was exciting because people had such a
cool reaction to the song and who knew that a fast roots rock song
about a famous philosopher/psychologist would resonate with
people!!?? But it did and I’m grateful.

Here
We Go”

blew up in a different way as it was charting in several markets
throughout the US and we were even beating bands like the
Foo
Fighters

for the time being. That was a lot of fun because people love that
song and they still do today at shows.
“Here
We Go”

is about getting away from the situation you’re in and finding your
own promised land. It’s full of hope, huge guitars and drums with
a catchy chorus and great backup vocals. Radio hit material I guess
(Laughs),
but who am I to know? I just write ‘em and play ‘em.

To
have a number 1 hit, sure it can take marketing and PR and all that
typical industry jazz….but really it comes down to having an
amazing song with a really fantastic performance that reaches out
through the speakers and grabs the listener and lets them know this
is just for them. If you bleed into the microphone, it comes out in
the music but not many musicians are confident enough to take that
risk or talented enough to execute it.

Of
course, the biggest variable of any success is luck. You can have
the greatest song in the world performed my the greatest band in the
universe but it still takes a little bit of luck, mojo, gris-gris…or
whatever it may be to give the song that magic “je ne sais quoi”
that makes it a success.

If
any of us had a specific formula as writers, we’d ALL have #1 hits
all the time. I’m grateful to have had a few songs blow up on
radio and it’s that tiny it of success I’ve had that makes me
resent streaming even more and see just how powerful and profitable
real radio is for artists, listeners, fans and everyone involved.

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Lamitschka: 
Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been
affected by your music?

Wulfers: Oh,
yeah…so many. The best emails or messages I’ll get are from people
who say they need to listen to one of my songs en route to a job
interview and that it helped them get the job. Or baseball fans who
write me about how powerful a connection they have to my
“The
Cubs Won It All in 2016”

song. I mean, people were taking that song to cemeteries and playing
it for the headstones of their dead relatives. I’ve also been
honored to have many of my songs be part of people’s weddings and
also people’s funerals. Once your music becomes parts of people’s
life events, it becomes bigger than you and you treat it with sacred
and tremendous respect. I also know a number of people who have met
at my shows and gone on to get married and have families. A few
friends and I jokingly call these children “Ted’s Kids”
because I’m sort of responsible for them but luckily not truly
responsible for them.
(Laughs)
I’ve had a number of people begin to play ukulele after my
You
Are Here

album and the amount of inside jokes among circles of friends
regarding my song lyrics is staggering and flattering. In the tiny
little niche of the universe I’ve carved out with music, it’s a
special place that has had a great way of affecting people and
effecting some pretty cool events and adventures.

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Lamitschka: 
Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Wulfers: I
have so many musical influences who inspire me and from all over the
map. I’m always kind of surprised when I hear of musicians only
being into one or two artists or genres…how boring.
(Laughs)
My list is long but here goes….
Tom
Petty, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Dire Straits,
AC/DC, Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Paul Simon, Bob Marley,
Phish, Mozart, Elvis, Beethoven, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sting,
The Police, Fela Kuti, Franz Liszt, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson,
Frank Sinatra, Poe, Cracker, Queen, The Grateful Dead, Muddy Waters,
Kasvot Växt

and so many more….

For
me, I always love tracing the source and finding the influences of my
favorite artists. You gotta dig deep and keep digging deep. It’s
the only way to find the full circle of music and circle of
influence. Plus you’ll discover some of the most powerful music in
somewhat primitive formats of recording or settings. Find who turned
on those who turned you on and you’ll get turned on and clued in
even more into what you’re going for!

I’ve
been playing piano since I was three, rock ‘n roll guitar since I was
14.

I
studied talking drum and juju music in college…. Music goes back
to the big bang. When stars or planets explode, there’s a
sound…there’s a rhythm. The oceans, the wind, the plate tectonics
of the earth all make a rhythm and a sound. So as we are merely
dancers on this planet for the time being, it’s no wonder we’ve
learned to harness the ability of sound and rhythm.

Remember,
the first languages were music; drumming and calls. Music is older
than religion, politics and society. A buddy and former bandmate of
mine always has a joke about four on the floor boom boom boom dance
music and why it’s so popular. His theory is…well…around the
campfire, the cave men went boom boom boom boom and the cave women
danced. And here we are today.
(Laughs)

So,
to answer your question….as deep as I can get.

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Lamitschka: 
What do you think about today’s music scene versus its post and where
do you see it going in the future?

Wulfers: That’s
a tough question because I’m old enough to have put out music in a
time where everyone bought music all the time. You’d be at a gas
station on tour and a girl would see a van and a long haired dude and
say “are you in a band, can I buy your cd?” Without even
hearing us first! And you’d sell a ton of records at shows and in
general. Unfortunately our society has taken a turn for the worst
regarding art in general and how de-valued it’s become. Of course,
we have to adjust and evolve with the times but I feel that for those
who never tasted how sweet it once was don’t complain because they
don’t know any better whereas those of us who got a taste of
that…it’s a bummer. But the good news is that people will always
listen to music and hopefully the creators of that music will be able
to sustain ways to make a living and be able to continue to produce
and manufacture the music. It’s also sad to see so many cool
venues and scenes die out. I know that’s how it goes but seriously,
a lot of cool markets are no longer cool because they’ve lost all
their venues.

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Lamitschka: 
What do you think about today’s music industry?

Wulfers: Luckily
it’s still around and I hope it continues to stick around only
allowing artists, musicians, writers and performers to make wages
that were once available not too long ago.

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Lamitschka: 
If you had the chance to change something about the music industry,
what would it be?

Wulfers: I
wish music were more like sports. In sports, you have to be good
enough and possess the talents at a high enough level to be on the
field or court.
If
you want to play professional hockey and you can’t skate or shoot
the puck, guess what, you’re not going to be in the NHL…even if
you look good in the uniform!! Whereas, these days in the music
industry, if you can’t sing or play….but you can fake wearing the
uniform with social media bots, auto-tune tricks and ghost-writers,
you’re suddenly…”an artist”…
you
just have to say you’re a musician.
(Laughs)
There’s a lot of people out there who are famous, well known or say
they’re musicians who can’t sing, can’t write, can’t play and can’t
do anything…but wear the “uniform.”
That’s
the kind of bullshit that is so hard for so many amazing talented
creative people around the world to deal with. My advice to those
talented souls is to keep on being YOU!

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Lamitschka: 
As an artist, you have so many tasks such as recording, touring,
interviews. What do you like best, what’s your favorite activity?

Wulfers: My
favorite is a tie between recording a brand new song and performing
live. They’re both so different but both a wonderful way to harness
energy, bundle it into pure creative inspiration and unleash that
energy upon an audience. But I’m lucky that my “work” involves
so much “play” and to be able to spend time making music with one
of your favorite instruments whether it be a guitar, a piano, a bass,
a uke or a pedal steel…Nothin’ better!

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Lamitschka: 
Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or
are you happy where it is?

Wulfers: I’m
always trying to take music beyond as many borders as possible using
the tools and lexicon of my abilities I’m not only familiar with but
also improving on or learning about every day. I think too many
genres are stagnant right now and need a kick in the pants. People
say technology is what to wait for…I say it’s songs. So I’m trying
my best to push my songs across as many borders musically and
geographically as possible. And hopefully some of your readers will
be turned on by the noises I make and lyrics I sing.

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Lamitschka: 
What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Wulfers: I’ve
had a lot of lucky breaks over my career but I think once my early
albums as a teenager started to get radio play and people were really
reacting to what I was doing live onstage at my shows…that was the
sign that this is what I’d be up to for a while.
(Laughs)

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Lamitschka: 
Before you became a star, were your friends and family supportive or
was it a struggle?

Wulfers: Well,
star is definitely a relative term but my friends and family have
always been very supportive of my crazy, wacky, ridiculous creative
life. I’ve been gigging since I was 14 and put my first album out as
a 17 year old. Many of my friends never knew me when I wasn’t
playing music all the time. I’m lucky to have grown up with two
amazing parents and a group of really good and friends who are still
to this day some of my best friends.

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Lamitschka: 
What inspired you to become an artist?

Wulfers: For
me it was never a choice. It’s who I’ve always been since childhood.
My mind has always gone a million miles a minute and creativity has
always been my greatest outlet. It’s a blessing and a curse but I
think if you have a choice to not be an artist, you’re not really an
artist.

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Lamitschka: 
What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Wulfers: I
grew up playing piano since the age of 3. I would play commercial
jingles by ear on the piano and began taking lessons. That seems
like several lifetimes ago but I was a classical piano playing kid
and I had to practice, practice…practice. It made me dislike music
even though it was a natural talent I had but I hated all the
practicing. And my piano teacher died when I was in 6th grade and I
stopped all the classical music. About a year later, my Godfather
died and when I heard that news, the first thing I did was go to the
piano and write a song. And I’ve been doing it ever since. As soon
as I wrote that song, I began “PLAYING” the piano instead
of practicing. And a few years later, it was guitar…..and luckily
it hasn’t stopped……. From that age writing music and writing
songs and lyrics is just how I’ve lived my life. It’s the blessing
and the curse of constantly having song and lyric ideas in your head.
The tricky but the super fun part is figuring out how to turn those
ideas into songs, tunes and pieces you perform and record.

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Lamitschka: 
What drives you?

Wulfers: Other
than my big old van?
(Laughs)
The idea that time is precious and that there’s so much to do in
this world and so many places to see. And why not make as much music
and art to leave behind while you can? That desire and need to
create is something you’ll find in a lot of artists. It’s a
calling that also happens to be a gig but it’s the calling part
that keeps the passion burning.

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Lamitschka: 
What does it take to be a music icon?

Wulfers: If
you’re talented and great at what you do, then great PR, a quality
product, cool shades and a lifetime of luck should do the trick.

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Lamitschka: 
What’s unique about you that will differentiate you from other
artists?

Wulfers: I’m
very mercurial in my song catalog and stage show. I’ve written a lot
of music in a lot of different styles so chances are there’s
something for everyone in my canon of work. I’ve experienced some
successes few artists ever have…my folk song about baseball blowing
up on radio and going into the baseball hall of fame…a few of my
videos going viral, the first double cd on CDBaby.com (my
Drivin’
Barefoot

record), ending up on CNN and ABC World News for playing music…..
All these wonderful experiences keep happening to me and people
continue to discover my music in areas that they’d never expect. I
have several rock ‘n roll albums out, a ukulele album out, numerous
film scores, a holiday album, acoustic double albums, classical
music…that’s just me. Once you learn to sound and play like
yourself, just keep going…I think that’s what makes me different
from other artists…there’s only one
Ted
Wulfers
.

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Lamitschka: 
What has been your greatest challenge in music business?

Wulfers: I
think the biggest challenge every artist has these days is standing
out in a world overwhelmed by music. Even the best and most talented
musicians in the world are finding it hard to get the attention they
deserve over the amount of mediocre music we are all bombarded with
daily. The trick is to do what you do better than anyone else. Be
yourself…everyone else is accounted for. Make your own noise and
make your own statement.

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Lamitschka: 
What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights
and achievements which you are proud of?

Wulfers: The
songs I mentioned earlier
….”The
Cubs Won It All In 2016″
going
into the Baseball Hall of Fame and being a Record Store Day vinyl
release comes to mind. When my song
“The
Carl Rogers Blues”

from my
Drivin’
Barefoot

album was #1 on Nashville Independent Radio for 20 some weeks…that
was a thrill. When my song
“Here
We Go”

from my
Lucky
No. 7

album was all over the radio in dozens of markets and beating the Foo
Fighters in several of those markets….

Moments
I’ve shared with
Tom
Petty
,
Lucinda
Williams
,
Cracker
are pretty damn cool! Speaking of the
Foo
Fighters
,
at their show at Wrigley Field in Chicago,
Rami
Jaffee
,
the keyboard player and I formed a super group in their warm up room
behind the stage and jammed in the middle of Center Field of Wrigley
Field right before the Foos took the stage. I joked that we were the
opening act but I was playing
Dave
Grohl’s

guitar for the entire jam which was super cool.

Another
moment is when
Bob
Dylan

rented my Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar from me for a few days and that
experience inspired me to begin a documentary film on the Gibson J-45
that is currently in production.

But
also, whenever people ask me this question, I also think back to
playing shows in high school and having that first audience sing back
a song to me and react to a song I had written. That is still close
to the top of the list for me because if that hadn’t happened, none
of this ever would have!!

I’m also really
proud of the relationships I have with so many people I’ve made
music with over the years as well as the gear companies I have
endorsements with. I feel it’s really important to use great gear
made by really good people. I have gear endorsements with
Shubb
Capos, Mad Professor Pedals, Curt Mangan Strings, Walker &
Williams Straps, DLS Effects

and most recently
EBS
Sweden Amps
!
I feel very lucky to use amazing gear that is made by truly amazing
people who I consider friends as well as colleagues and it’s always
a treat to see them at the NAMM show or on the road while touring.

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Lamitschka: 
Any thoughts of retirement ahead?

Wulfers: Hey
now, I’m not THAAAAT old!!
(Laughs)
As long as the mind, voice, fingers, heart, feet and libido work,
there is no retirement from music. As I said before…it’s a calling
that happens to pay the bills and if you’re really in it, you’re in
it for life.   Talk to me in 30-40 years.
(Laughs)

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Lamitschka: 
Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?

Wulfers: Definitely
my cat,
Jagger!
If he doesn’t vibe to the tune, it doesn’t make the record. He
picks the hits!

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Lamitschka: 
When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Wulfers: For
me, there’s no real “time off” from music. I’m always
writing songs and they’re always floating in my head so when I take
time off, I consider it re-charging the batteries so to
speak…getting away from the studio or the stage. Photography,
walking…I love nature and getting to the beach, scuba diving, being
near the ocean, mountain lakes, rivers, streams, hiking and long car
rides. Romantic adventures….. I also love guitar shopping which is
a wonderful excuse to combine your time off with the study or
purchase of tools for your craft.
(Laughs)

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Lamitschka:
Is
there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Wulfers: Seeing
that I play so many instruments and work so quickly, I wish I had 2-3
twin brothers to record with.
(Laughs)
Only they’d disappear as soon as we were done, only to appear again
when needed.
(Laughs)
I wish certain cars and aircraft fit people of my height better.

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Lamitschka:
What
hopes and desires do you have?

Wulfers: Oooh
la la, now you’re getting personal!
(Laughs)
I hope humans commune enough to make the best decisions for the
species and the planet moving forward. I hope I’ll be able to make
music as long as I possibly can and that as many people as possible
can hear it. Desires….I’ll save those for the ladies and the
bedroom.
(Laughs)

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Lamitschka:
What
has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

Wulfers: When
my Dad died, I lost my best friend and role model and that hit me
pretty hard. There have been a million others along the way but they
only make you stronger and help you keep going to overcome them.

Even
as musically fruitful and successful as 2019 has been, this year has
had some disappointments in that I’ve been dealing with an injury
that forced me to postpone some tour dates and events. Fortunately
I’m feeling much better and ready to get back on the horse so to
speak but anytime you’re on the sidelines due to an injury or
illness, it’s a bummer and you just have to tackle the situation
with as much positivity as possible to overcome it!

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Lamitschka: 
Is there any place you haven’t played that you would like to?

Wulfers: I
would really like to play more in Europe. Everywhere I’ve played in
Germany, Belgium and the UK is just amazing. The audiences LOVE
music and I love how engaged and enthusiastic they are. So I would
love to play more in Europe and hopefully with this new album, I’ll
be doing just that. I’d also like to play in Japan and in South
America.

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Lamitschka: 
What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Wulfers: They
can expect to see a man who loves playing his music for them and on a
number of different instruments. My full band show is very much a
rockin’ show and my solo show is full of me switching between
instruments and telling stories in between tunes. It’s a very fun,
engaging, entertaining, rockin’, jammin’, experimental and in the
moment musical experience! I try to make each show unique and
memorable for the audience!

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Lamitschka: 
When you’re on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

Wulfers: Sometimes
there’s not much time depending on the schedule BUT I try to play
tourist as much as possible everywhere I go. Traveling is so
powerful for the mind and soul that it’s important to get lost, go
off the beaten path and find new nooks and crannies to the cities
you’re lucky enough to wander to.

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Lamitschka: 
Do fans mob you everywhere you go or do they respect your privacy?

Wulfers:
Oh
yeah, man…. It’s Beatlemania ALLL the time
(Laughs)…Just
kidding. Luckily, I can go lots of places. What’s funny is at least
once a month, someone in the grocery store will say… “hey, you
look like somebody…” and I always say to them… “we’re
all somebody!”
(Laughs)

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Lamitschka: 
Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do
you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Wulfers: Yeah,
you can see it all at
www.TedWulfers.com

There’s
song lyrics, bio info, random facts, photos, videos, tour dates,
album credits and I may add a blog there.

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Lamitschka: 
Tell us about the fan club and how people can join it.

Wulfers: Join
my mailing list at
www.TedWulfers.com
and find out how you can become a Howler!

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Lamitschka: 
What’s the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Wulfers: The
best compliment a fan has ever given me is when they’ve used my music
for a major event of their lives or if I’ve inspired them to start
writing songs or pick up an instrument. That’s when you know you’re
on the right track as far as paying it forward and letting your music
and art impact the world. It’s a great feeling.

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Lamitschka: 
What’s your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Wulfers: That’s
a tie between
“Honky
Tonk Women”

by the
Rolling
Stones
,
Beethoven’s
“9th Symphony”

by ole Ludwig,
“Free
Fallin'”

by
Tom
Petty
,
“Handle
With Care”

by the
Traveling
Wilburys
,
“If
I Had A Boat”

by
Lyle
Lovett
,
“Hit
Somebody (The Hockey Song)”

by
Warren
Zevon

and
Mitch
Album
,
and
“Highway
To Hell”

or
“Thunderstruck”
by
AC/DC.

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Lamitschka: 
What message would you like to send your European fans?

Wulfers: Every
show I’ve ever played in Europe so far has been such magic and I hope
to be able to play many more shows in Europe very soon. I just love
the energy and positivity European fans have for music and it’s
always an honor and a pleasure playing for European audiences and
having them discover my music.

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Lamitschka: 
How do you feel about being winning awards?  What has it done
for your career?

Wulfers: I’ve
been lucky to win a few awards over the years for my music or for
films I’ve scored the music for. The parties are fun and they look
good on the resume but they’re only trophies. I’m not sure which
award you’re referring to though.

Lamitschka: 
Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you
can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?

 

Wulfers: You
mean the time a Mother and a Daughter wanted to have a threesome with
me? Or when my van hit black ice on tour and I skidded, skipped and
flipped into a ditch and wrecked the van, almost dying and luckily
walked away with only glass in my face? Or the time in New Orleans
where I was called to the stage and didn’t leave until a 6 hour
non-stop jam was over with New Orleans legends? Or the time we played
a giant hockey arena and it turned out several world famous
politicians were there and sprinted up to give us high fives during
songs? Or the time a small monkey stole merch out of my merch box and
ended up wearing it? Or the time when my bass player got hit in the
head with a beer can so he ended up throwing a large lamp at the
culprit? Or the time when an after show orgy/party/jam session at a
mansion was interrupted in the morning by the actual owners of said
mansion and everyone had to flee? Or the time I got stuck in a
blizzard on tour and snow forced me to crash into a snow bank of a
hotel parking lot and the hotel happened to have a country/blues
bar/club and another band and I ended up jamming and drinking all
night for the other travelers stuck at this hotel by the blizzard?
Too many to share!
(Laughs)

Lamitschka: 
Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

Wulfers: Wake
up, do something I’ve never done before, make a little music, make a
little love, make the world a better place, sneak in a siesta, enjoy
good food and fall asleep only when tired. Oh and coffee. Good
coffee must be in there somewhere.
(Laughs)

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Lamitschka: 
Most careers don’t last as long as yours.  What’s given your
career the staying power?

Wulfers: My
answer to that is simple…write the best songs you can, make the
best albums you can and put on the best show you can. When you bleed
into microphones, people relate to it and if you keep your sound
genuine, original, timeless and honest, audiences will respond.
Always keep them guessing but make sure they know it’s YOU!

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Christian
Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de
) for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show 

 Kays Coffee June 1 2019 – Ted Wulfers (9 of 24)

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