First off: greetings! How are you doing today?
Wooly > Hello, I'm doing great today thanks, just having a glass of red wine and relaxing.
Let's get into Colossloth. Why did you choose the name Colossloth, what does it represent? To me, it has a kind of an humouristic edge that I don't find in your music.
Wooly > Yeah it started off as a "two words joined together"-name to describe the sound of the music: colossal sloth, big heavy and slow. The music was more doom noise when I first started back in 2006, since then it's evolved a lot but it still holds the slow and big elements - and maybe I'll introduce some heavy guitars back at some point.
Could you tell us something about the history of Colossloth? When was the project founded, and why? What were the main ideas, both musically and thematically, that gave birth to it?
Wooly > Back in 2006 I got bored with trying to be in bands that didn't have the same musical outlook as me, so I thought I'd try something alone and experiment. I really enjoy not having to rehearse and sort out all the other shit that being in a band brings. I've always been into dark music and electronic noise, wicca, and nature, all this is what makes Colossloth today.
Are you a believer/practitioner of Wicca, or what kind of an interest do you have towards it?
Wooly > I've been learning and reading about Wicca for a while now and it's something that speaks out to me on many levels, it's a beautiful thing and I urge anyone to buy a book and read about it. People think it's something dark and nasty but it's the complete oppersite.
"Butterflies Are Witches" is a really interesting name, could you tell us what do you mean with this title?
Wooly > The "Butterflies Are Witches"-title is something that came to me many years ago whilst in a forest, just watching butterflies drift majesticaly through the trees. It reminded me of the beauty of nature and wicca hand in hand.
The EP has a really peculiar and detailed sound, far from the generic ambient-hum. What kind of qualities were you looking for in the sound when you started working on the release? What were the ways with which you tried to bring out the Wiccan theme through the music, if any?
Wooly > I wanted this release to sound different to the other dark ambient releases out there and bring in some unususal melodies and styles, not everyone likes it but the one's who do love it! Some one said it was prog dark ambient, haha, not sure about that. I'm lucky to have a good friend Dave Hill who is a genius at mixing my noise into something clean in his studio. The Wiccan theme is present throughout the release but only on a personal level for me.
To my shame, I'm forced to admit that the aforementioned EP is the only one of your releases that I've come to hear to this day. How does it reflect the general Colossloth-sound - is it a good starting point for getting to know your music and its general style?
Wooly > Yeah this release is a good starting point for the Colossloth sound of today but it'll always evolve into other things. My other album was a vinyl release on New York label Doom Mantra, if you go on ebay there is always someone selling a copy for silly money!! I remember seeing it for sale for £25 on the HMV website a while a go, insane!
The interview is nearing its close. Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Wooly > Just like to say a massive thank you to all the labels that have put Colossloth releases out over the years and I'm really proud to have made great friends along the way. Many thanks too for this interview.