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Interview with Sarah Wolf from AfterTime

BIO (Taken from Band's Facebook page):

"From the frozen expanse of Minnesota, AfterTime emerges onto the Symphonic Metal scene. Described as “Nightwish up and coming,” they have adopted the playing style of their European counterparts. 

With an emphasis on storytelling, AfterTime incorporates cinematic orchestra and memorable melodies to produce a class of metal that appeals to a diverse audience. 

Formed in the last days of 2011 by Brad Sturgis and Chris Radke, AfterTime began composing the songs that would later be released on their debut EP “The Fall of Light.” Over the next three years the band was joined by AJ Blakesley, Sarah Wolf, and Malachi Arndt on drums, vocals, and bass respectively. The Fall of Light was released on April 15th, 2016. AfterTime received genuine praise for their debut release and sales reached as far as The United Kingdom, Japan, and Brazil. Moving toward their sophomore release, AfterTime has had the opportunity to work with notable figures as Lukas Knoebl, Jacob Hansen and Gogo Melone. In the realm of life shows, AfterTime has shared the stage with Symphonic Metal titans Epica. They also shared a stage with Delain and Hammerfall in early 2017.

2016 was a very successful year for AfterTime, marking the release of their debut EP “The Fall of Light.” They also wrote, recorded, and produced their upcoming single “World We’ve Lost” all while making various appearances on stage.

With the goal of being an American delegate for a predominantly European genre, AfterTime looks forward to the opportunities that allow represent the Symphonic Metal genre."

Band Members:

Sarah Wolf - Vocals (2014 - present)
Chris Radke - Guitar (2011 - present)
Brad Sturgis - Guitar (2011- present)
Patton Hudella - Bass (2016 - present)
AJ Blakesley - Drums (2012 - present)

Listen to AfterTime .

Buy " World We've Lost " EP.

Buy " The Fall of Light " EP.

AfterTime on Social Media:

Indiegogo .  Help the band's campaign to produce a video



N. A. Foy: Hi, thank you for doing this interview. I love your sound as I have listened to some of your EP “World We’ve Lost.” Could you introduce the band and tell us a little about yourselves? 

Sarah: AfterTime is made up of: Sarah Wolf-Lead vocals, Brad Sturgis-Rhythm guitar/screams, Chris Radke-Lead guitar, AJ Blakesley-Drums, and Patton Hudella-Bass. We are a Cinematic Metal band from Minnesota, USA. We've released our debut EP "The Fall of Light" in 2016, and the single "World We've Lost" in 2017.

N. A. Foy: How old were you when you decided to pursue a career in music and were there any particular musicians or singers that inspired you?

Sarah: I've wanted to pursue music for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I would always tell people that I was going to be a singer. Through high school and after, I was pursuing a career as a video game composer. Shortly after I got a certificate in this medium from Berklee College of Music, is when Brad and Chris approached me to join the band. I didn't grow up as a "metal head", so my influences are more along the lines of James Horner, John Williams, Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), and Yasunori Mitsuda(Chrono Cross).

N. A. Foy: Do you have any plans to work on new material in the near future?

Sarah: Yes! We are currently in the writing process for our first full-length album. We would tentatively like to release it by the end of next year, but that will depend on funding/timing/etc.

N. A. Foy: Do you have plans to release a video?

Sarah: Also yes! We have the perfect director and location picked for our first music video, and are currently running an indiegogo campaign to help raise the funds for it. It'll be a mixture of story and performance elements. We're keeping the chosen song secret until a little later in the campaign, though. The campaign runs through the month of July, and filming will take place a month or so after. Here's the link to the campaign

N. A. Foy: How was the recording process for your debut EP “The Fall of Light?”

Sarah: The Fall of Light produced a lot of firsts for us as a band. Personally, it was my first time ever recording my voice; and overall it was our first time mixing/mastering music. Despite our inexperience, we were happy with how things turned out. It was a great way for us to make our debut!

N. A. Foy: How was your concert with Delain and Hammerfall?

Sarah: The lineup we had for that show was perfect! Our musical style compliments Delain's style really well, and there was a local Power Metal band that complimented Hammerfall's style! We didn't get much time to talk with the bands, but we had a great crowd and our best merch night thus far!

N. A. Foy: If you had only a few minutes in an elevator to describe your band, what would you say?

Sarah: Hahaha, this situation comes up quite frequently, actually! I approach it in 1 of 2 ways. If they're already familiar with metal, I tell them we are similar to Evanescence, but with more orchestra, choir, and more complex lyrics! If they don't know anything about metal, I tell them to picture an epic movie soundtrack, but with guitars, drums, and female vocals. Overall, a very bombastic sound!

N. A. Foy: What are some things you like to do for enjoyment when you are not doing music?

Sarah: We are all huge geeks. My husband and I collect comic books and video games-both classic and modern. I LOVE the Legend of Zelda series! My husband and I also cosplay and go to conventions a couple times a year. Everyone in the band enjoys playing Pokemon, as well.

N. A. Foy: If you were stuck on an island and somehow were able to listen to music, what 3 CDs would you want with you?

Sarah: I would want to have Nightwish-“Imaginaerum,” the Titanic soundtrack, and the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time soundtrack. I could listen to all 3 of those for the rest of my life and they would never get old!

N. A. Foy: Out of the lyrics you perform so far, is there a particular one that you like best? Is there a story behind it?

Sarah: I'm rather proud of the lyrics we've written for the World We've Lost album. I would have to say that the lines "As time leads us astray into an obscure decay, we alone bear the burden of a new day" from the title track are a particular favorite of mine. The whole song has a theme of moving on past destruction. That if we choose to survive, we need to rebuild what was lost.

N. A. Foy: Us fans always like to know things about the band members. How about some favorites. What is your favorite color? Number? Foods? Movie(s)? Book(s)? Or any other favorites you want to mention?

Sarah: Favorites are always fun! Favorite colors and green and purple, favorite number is 59... I can't pick a favorite food, but I could happily live off pasta and seafood for the rest of my life! You might be able to tell from my answer to the "island" question, but my 3 favorite movies are “Imaginaerum,” “Titanic,” and “August Rush.” I am a huge bookworm/borderline book hoarder, so... I can't really pick a favorite book either. Some top contenders would be “The Name of the Wind,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” and Stephen King's “Misery.” Other favorites? How about....  My favorite country is Japan, favorite comic book character is X-23, and my favorite video game is Legend of Dragoon!

N. A. Foy: What is the message that you want to give your fans as an example as a band? Is there anything else you’d like to add before we finish?

Sarah: Thank you for the interview! As a Symphonic Metal band located in the U.S., we know we have our work cut out for us. But our goal is to be an American delegate for a predominantly European genre, and bring this beautiful style of music to the forefront.