Sloan Woolly was founded by Jack Seigenthaler (guitar and vocals), Henry Ingram (keyboards) and while studying at Stanford University. As Mammoth, they were later joined by Ben Josie (bass) and performed countless shows in the San Francisco Bay Area for two and a half years. After graduating, the band moved to Nashville, Tennessee to perform and learn from everyone in Music City. Read the interview to learn more about them.
IN ADDITION TO MUSIC, WHAT THE WHOLE WORLD FINDS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR GROUP IS ITS NAME. HOW DID YOU FIND THE NAME SLOAN WOOLLY FOR YOUR GROUP?
We started the band in college and at the time we were called Mammoth. But we quickly realized that there were around 10,000 mammoths and we knew we needed something that we could call our own. We got hooked on the idea of using “woolly” in the name as a nod to the flag we had flown in recent years, but we had to associate it with something unique. One day, during a rehearsal, Ben was recounting that he had a crush on Sloan Peterson from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Suddenly our keys player had a eureka moment: “Sloan Woolly! We all thought it was eye-catching and we knew no other band had it, so it stuck.
HOW DID YOU MEET AND HOW DID YOU KNOW THAT, YES, WE CAN RIVER TOGETHER?
Jack, our singer and guitarist, Henry, our keyboardist, and Ben, our bassist, all met at college in California. At the time, we were playing under the name Mammoth. We started playing a bit here and there – neighborhood houses, backyards, etc. It was great – we were putting on our own shows, so we had to put the material together. The rooms would be tiny and very sweaty and the sound would be awful, so the only way to put on a good show was to bring in some rowdy energy. And we loved him more and more. Once you’ve played enough you start building little moments together and you start to feel a certain momentum – we would do an original (we only had a few) in a fraternity and all of a sudden a guy. would know the chorus and sing at the same time. So finally after graduation we thought, hey, maybe we can try to take this somewhere after school and do it for real.
WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND STORY OF YOUR LATEST “FUTURE” MUSIC?
Jack was dozing off at work and started to think about his way to Nashville. A little wrinkle in the past could have put it just about anywhere else. His mother had been obsessed with the idea of string theory as a child and always talked about this idea of endless realities all happening at the same time. So it became the main lyrical theme. All the futures that each of us dreams of, despite the path we are stuck on – or blessed with. As we worked through the parts as a band, we found opportunities to rock the beats a bit, and we ended up with what we were hoping to be a new twist on a blues rock tune. This is maybe our favorite song to play live, it makes people dance and gives us the opportunity to really come together as a band.
HOW IMPORTANT IS PERSONAL BRAND TO YOU AND WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO DEVELOP YOUR PERSONAL BRAND?
Music is always the most important thing for us, and beyond that, it’s just about being ourselves. It’s easy to get carried away by the little details of an Instagram post, but for us it always comes down to the music we make and the energy of our live set. We try not to take ourselves too seriously – we just hope you get on board and join us on this ride.
WHAT IS AN ADVICE YOU WILL GIVE TO A WINNING ARTIST?
Read Ari Herstand’s book “How to Succeed in the New Music Business”. It’s a huge crash course in all aspects of being a musician in the modern age. I picked it up to read a chapter on distribution and ended up going through the whole book in 3 days. I cannot recommend highly enough.
WHERE CAN OUR READERS FIND YOU ONLINE?
Follow us on Instagram @sloanwoolly and for more freebies check out our website: www.sloanwoolly.com