You recently wrapped up your first ever acoustic tour. How did playing those shows compare to playing with your full band?
It was a much more intimate experience and in some ways a greater challenge, but I enjoyed the connection with people at the shows.
How was being on the road without the rest of the band?
Well each tour is a little different. I missed the bandmates who didn’t come this time but I enjoyed being with King Dude on this tour – they’re like family.
Best meal on tour?
Great American Music Hall takes great care of bands.
You have a pretty sizable European and Russian tour coming up in April that will feature a mix of electric and acoustic material. Have you gotten the chance to play any of these countries before?
We’ve been to some of them, yes, but never Russia.
Back in November was the Leave Them All Behind festival in Tokyo, featuring three of the best live acts on the planet, sequentially: Sunn O))), Boris, and yourself. How was that experience?
Playing with bands that good is overwhelming sometimes but also really inspiring and motivating. Tadashi who puts together the festival is really great.
Stoked to play with Swans in June?
Any albums or artists that have been on heavy rotation for you lately?
Wardruna, Abner Jay, The Knife
Ah, yes, Gaahl’s folk project. The new record is pretty cool. Also, props for repping a fellow Georgia native. You’ve already done a lot of impressive covers (Rudimentary Peni, Burzum, Nick Cave, etc.). Are there any songs or artists that you plan to or would like to cover in the future?
There are many! But I won’t tell you yet..
Haha, thanks. We seem to be on the same wavelength on design aesthetic, both owning [Aoi] Kotsuhiroi bracelets and some Bevel jewelry. Are there any great new pieces (jewelry, clothing, or otherwise) that you’ve recently acquired?
I’ve been really into my Kill City jeans, All Saints heels, and these rad horn and porcupine quill necklaces from K/LLER Collection.
Any designers or collections lately that have made an impression on you recently?
Nicolas Andreas Taralis, Ann Demeulemeester, Ann-Sofie Back
Very talented lot. Helmut or Margiela?
Dead or Attila?
Knew you’d get that one right. Been glued to any books lately?
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
I really love your Fender Jag. How do you conjure that otherworldly tone out of it?
I bought it stock and I just play it. It plays well with my Fender Hot Rod Deluxe.
I find the most striking thing about your music to be the juxtaposition of very human and very relatable narratives against a sonic palette that so often reaches the surreal or even mystical. How would you say that’s relative to your personal life and the art you love?
You summed it up well. That’s my sort of worldview – the contrast between all things.. the macro view and the micro view at the same time.
What do you think the future holds for the sound of Chelsea Wolfe?
I have a new album coming this year so you will hear soon.
Can’t wait. Thanks again for taking the time to chat with me. Hope to see you in Atlanta again soon.