Operatic metal act Upon Wings hails from the U.S. and can be described as female-fronted gothic metal with a classical influence. After creating the idea for Upon Wings, classically-trained mezzo-soprano Anne Autumn Erickson entered the studio with Michigan-based, Grammy-nominated engineer Glenn Brown to put the ideas onto tape. The result is their debut single, The Dream which was released last August, is a song with a strong Euro-classical influence. In the interview below you can read more about Upon Wings and their music.
TMR: Hello Anne this is ´The Metal Resource’ Holland, how are things going there in the USA ?
Things are well – thanks! And thanks so much for the opportunity to do this interview.
TMR: Can you briefly tell who is Anne Autumn Erickson ?
Of course! I’m Anne Autumn Erickson, the frontwoman of Upon Wings.
TMR: Tell us the brief history of ‘Upon Wings’. Is ‘Upon Wings’ a band or a project ? Are there other band members ? If so can you introduce the band members [name and instrument]
Upon Wings is a band. I started Upon Wings and am really the constant, but I work with various other musicians, and we create what is Upon Wings.
TMR: What is your musical background ?
I started singing and doing musical theater when I was 4 years old, and then I studied classical voice in college and went on to get a master’s degree in theatre. Music has always been an important part of my life.
TMR: Why the name ‘Upon Wings’ ? Is there a story behind it ?
Upon Wings comes from a Bible verse. Isaiah 40:31: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” I was drawn to the name because it’s dark but also implies hope.
Yes, I write the lyrics and vocals, and then I work with other musicians for the instrumentals. I think writing lyrics works best when inspiration simply strikes. Sometimes it can be in the middle of the night and when you least expect it. A wide range of bands and situations have inspired me over the years: AFI, Linkin Park, the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. So many!
TMR: How do you describe the music of ‘Upon Wings’ the best ?
Ethereal, dark but hopeful, with a metal edge.
TMR: How does ‘Upon Wings’ stands in life till events in the world, religion and politics and in which proportion stands that till your music and lyrics ?
Upon Wings’ music isn’t really about world events. Our inspirations stem from personal experiences, and with that come the universal themes of fear, hope, faith, pain, love. I want to take life’s experiences and manifest them into something beautiful.
TMR: For a lot of artists / bands the lyrics are just a accidental circumstance, but for some bands they use them to communicate ! ..can you tell us how that is for ‘Upon Wings’ ?
Thank you! I really put everything into the lyrics. They are a vehicle to get out the greater message and experience.
TMR: First record you bought?
That’s a tough one! Probably a musical soundtrack. I can’t really remember!
TMR: What makes you laugh?
TMR: How do you promote your band / project [and shows] ?
Facebook (http://facebook.com/uponwings) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/uponwings) have been great to get out the word about our music. We also have a YouTube channel that has helped people discover Upon Wings at http://youtube.com/user/uponwingsofficial.
TMR: How do you prepare for a show ?
I do vocal exercises, sip water, concentrate, pray, try to loosen up, chat with family and friends… it really varies.
TMR: What is the dumbest question you have ever been asked?
Haha… I can’t even think of one!
TMR: Do you have a life philosophy / favorite quote ?
Music can change the world because it can change people.” ~Bono, U2
TMR: Are you visiting many gigs and what do you listen to these days?
I do like attending shows, and one of the best I saw this past summer was Linkin Park. Chester Bennington, Mike Shinoda and the whole band have such a powerful presence and stage show. I was blown away.
TMR: Tell us about the hardrock/metal scene in your area please?
I’m from Michigan, and we have a strong hard rock and metal scene in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing. The state is packed with talented musicians.
TMR: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
I’m positive about the record industry. The Internet created opportunities for upcoming bands to get their music heard, and that’s invaluable.
Thank you! We’re currently working on recording the new album, and it will likely be an EP out in early 2013. I wish I had more details right now, but we have to wait until everything is ready to announce, and then I’ll be sure to give you all the details.
TMR: What about your plans for the rest of the year or the near future ?
Finishing up the new release!
TMR: What advice would you give to fellow artists / bands?
Stay true to who you are. Have an honest message in your music, and people will respect your sincerity.
TMR: What are the biggest obstacles for artists / bands ?
Probably having the right vehicle to get their music heard. Especially in the genesis of their careers.
TMR: Anne thanks for your time and the interview, we wish ‘Upon Wings’ all the best … Is there anything you wanna say at last? [any final statement ?]
Thank you so much for the interview, Thrashboy. I enjoyed it! Thanks to everyone who took the time to read this interview, and if you would like to keep up with us, please follow us at: