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Modern Ancient Man album by THE HOLY WOW

by rockroll
August 15, 2019

There’s a popular saying usually attributed to Martin Mull: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture”. It is especially relevant to writing about good, original, and innovative music, as opposed to a Top 40-like commercial “product”: it is created precisely to express thoughts, ideas and, most importantly, feelings that couldn’t find any other way out in an artistic way accessible to like-minded individuals. Quoting Martin Gore, “Feelings are intense, words are trivial”. But we humans are the creatures of words — we can’t escape using them to communicate with each other, not on this level of existence. So, even though I’m not the best dancer, especially when it comes to architecture, let me try to use the words to describe one of the most interesting new albums I discovered lately — “Modern Ancient Man” by NYC-based HOLY WOW!


Photo by Rostislaf

The band with the above name is the latest project by Dmitry Wild — a musician, a writer and a poet who’s been active in New York and California since the early-2000s. His previous projects include post-punk / garage Table Dreams and Weapons of the Future and indie-dance Wow! Dmitry’s new band, in a sense, is a homage to both his guitar-rock and synthwave electronic roots. While being eclectic by its nature, showing off definitive traces of such different styles as punk, goth, new wave, electro, garage, shoe gaze, alternative and industrial, the album’s sound is very coherent and mature. It not easy to draw parallels, but in some way the album’s muffled distorted beats, pulsating guitar textures and roaring analogue synths remind the listener of “The Downward Spiral” by NIN, where Reznor and Flood went long way combining lo-fi and hi-tech approaches resulting in a very experimental yet one of the most important and commercially successful rock albums of all times. However, if Reznor’s work is a concept piece exploring the darker themes of a person’s self-destruction, Wild’s celebrates life. Like the light of dawn through the dirty scratched windowpane of a subway car, the album provides hope.

THE HOLY WOW at the Cutting Room

Photo by Rostislaf

According to Dmitry, the name “Holy Wow!” symbolizes, correspondingly, the two sides of  his art — spiritual and commercial. There’s nothing wrong about being “commercial” or “pop”, if it translates as “innovative and original yet accessible”. It’s nice to be an uncompromising experimenter, not giving a slightest regard to what mainstream public might think about your creation — that’s what ultimately pushes the boundaries and enables not only the art itself but the very way it’s perceived by the people to progress to the next level. What we’ve been lacking, seemingly, for some fairly long time is the marriage of the two: the last two decades haven’t seen one single artist who’d rise to the top while having managed to stay true to their art.


Dmitry Wild Anna azarov photography

Photo by AnnaAzarov

The time of truly great pop giants is gone, one might argue, but not because there are no talented artists who write the songs that speak to the hearts and souls of many; it’s just that today people don’t necessarily want to be moved by something unfamiliar. The feelings of today’s concert goers are reserved for the long-established super-stars. When someone buys a ticket for a show or presses the PLAY button, they want to know exactly what to expect: same songs, same sound, same old familiar faces on stage — over and over again. Nostalgia has never been such a well-selling commodity-in-demand, or so it seems. As of the new artists — the circumstances have never been as unfavorable for them. And yet…

And yet while there are still bands like HOLY WOW! with their rock-solid songs and innovative approach combining their various influences and taking them to the next level to define the sound of the rock-n-roll of the 21st century — it feels like not all is lost yet. Rock-n-roll has once being a vibrant underground youth subculture possessing enough momentum to change history and, in this or that form, it might still become one again. Thanks for reminding me that, Dmitry Wild & Co!
– Mike D.

Album Review: Modern Ancient Man by HOLY WOW

by Ashley Andersen
May 23, 2019

Album Review: Modern Ancient Man by the band Holy Wow never stops  weaving you through a wondrous combination of ’60’s sounding surf riffs and dark, eerie Electro Goth flavored Rock. Dmitry Wild is the brainchild behind Holy Wow. Wild commented on his achievement in recording this album, “it’s my first conscious effort to record everything myself using Logic. I recorded and produced the whole thing.” Gary French recorded bass on the song “Nebulas” and Peter Breed recorded  keys on “Dreamland,” Nebulas,” “Have Fun,” and “Remember.” Wild calls upon French, Breed and drummer for live shows as needed.

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Interview with Mike Danilin from Interzona

by Ashley Andersen
February 20, 2019

Recently, I had the opportunity to review “Secret Sessions” and “ExploZive” by the electronic / alternative New York based band Interzona. Lead singer and keytar player Mike Danilin describes the band as being in an “Unstable state between rock and pop, live and electric, dark and positive, reality and fantasy, retro and futurism – here and now…” Both of these albums above are extremely well thought out, produced and intense. I wanted to find out Danilin’s approach and philosophy to writing music and how he and Interzona create their material. This is what I learned…

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Interview with Dmitry Wild – Poet, Writer and a Musician

by Ashley Andersen
January 13, 2019
Dmitry Wild Anna azarov photography
Photo By Anna Azarov.

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with poet, author, musician, singer, songwriter Dmitry Wild. He graciously allowed me to conduct this interview with him. Born in Moscow, Russia Wild came to live in Queens, New York as a teenager. It was also around this time that Wild would embark on his personal journey to becoming a musician.

One of things that makes this interview unique is that it is a musician who has an opportunity to ask a former bandmate personal questions. I played bass in a band Dmitry Wild created called Weapons of the Future when he was living in the Bay Area. I can personally hear the changes, growth and maturity in the music that Dmitry Wild is creating presently.

His latest project HOLY WOW has been busy creating! They have just finished recording their latest album “Modern Ancient Man” which will be available on January 25th, 2019. They have also produced a video for their song “Nebulas” which is dedicated to the memory of Theoretical Physicist Stephen Hawking. Enjoy the interview below.


Ash Andersen

Ash Andersen ( How did you first become interested in music initially? Did you play an instrument growing up that you don’t play now?

Dmitry Wild: I first began learning classic acoustic guitar when I was eleven years old, but I hated it, cause my guitar teacher had really long nails and I thought there is no way I could play like him because I couldn’t grow such long nails, plus it was the same old classical pieces that I had to learn over and over again. Finally,  few years later I met some friends in the hood, and learning songs on an acoustic guitar was the thing back then to impress girls and to be the cool guy, so I picked up the shitty acoustic guitar we had that my dad and his friends used at parties and you know, I never stopped since. In high school, I played bass in a Jazz band, but I was horrible at it so I left the group. I picked up the bass again when I formed my first original band, Table Dreams.

Ash Andersen (Rock-n-Roll): How old were you when you formed or joined your first band? What style or genre was it?

Dmitry Wild: I formed my first band at 19 with my college friend, Vinni. We met on the campus one day while we were smoking cigarettes.  The band was called Table Dreams and we called it Metal, Disco, Punk. We achieved modest popularity among the local Immigrant community because we wrote songs about immigration, moving out, and getting high. It was a fun time. Since Vinni and I both played guitar, I volunteered to play bass. We just could not find a bass player. But, it wound up being a good thing. It taught me how to write and structure songs. 

Table Dreams (CBGB 2002)

Ash Andersen ( Talk to me about your personal creative process. How do you write songs in HOLY WOW ?

Dmitry Wild: HOLY WOW is my musical outlet where I had a vision to mix electronic beats and garage rock, I’m the one who writes the majority of the material. It was a long process for me to get to this point. I had to grow on so many levels since band practices where you are standing around the room with 4 guys, but with time and practice your songwriting abilities grow and expand. I’m always getting inspired by new bands, movie scores, other musicians that I play with. I’m always focused on coming up with catchy riffs and melodies.

I also have learned how to play with keyboards and synthesizers more effectively. I also dove head first into the world of LOGIC. That has taken songwriting to a whole different level. When I asked Gary and Peter to perform with me songs live, they understood the concept of this project is and plus we all like the same kinds of music. They were able to layer their instruments on top of what I initially bring to them. Sometimes though the process works differently, I asked Gary to come up with a bass line with a very specific sound for the song “Nebulas.” I was hearing bass lines that sounded like The Cure in my head, but couldn’t nail it. Since Gary had played in a cover band named after The Cure’s album “Pornography”, I knew that he would be able to nail it and he did. 

Holy Wow Rehearsing

Ash Andersen ( So who is in this project right now?

Dmitry Wild:

So far I have been playing with Peter Breed on Keyboards, Back Ups and Gary French on Bass, Back Ups. Sometimes we hire a drummer Leo Fraire. He usually  tours with  the Wheatus Band

Holy Wow Live at The Cutting Room. 
Photo by  Rostislav Kouznetsov

Ash Andersen ( Well, I think that you are a brilliant guitarist. Your guitar playing always inspired me when we played in Weapons of the Future. I felt like I became a better bass player through that experience. I know that you’ve always played with a lot of guitar pedals and effects. Tell me what is your dream guitar and please name five of your favorite guitar effects.

Dmitry Wild: Thanks Ash, I would concur, but I will just stay silent here. My dream guitar is a Gretsch Billy Duffy Signature Black Falcon or perhaps a Duesenberg guitar, that guitar has really been catching my eye lately but the price tag is a little steep! My favorite guitar effects are Electro Harmonix, Delay and Pitch Shifter, and very recently Mad Professor Fuzz with Delay and of course Tremolo arm on the guitar is like another pedal. All my guitars have it. 

Holy Wow on the set. Filming a music video for “Nebulas”
(Baza Studio) Photo by Mark Sposato.

Ash Andersen: ( Is there any difference playing in a band now that you’re a father?

Dmitry Wild: Yes of course! Basically you have no time for anything. So you have to make sure that any extra time that you do get for music really counts. And you have to adopt new ways of being extremely productive. You’ve got less time for socializing and getting wasted at rehearsals. When you have children becoming a better project manager becomes a necessity. It can get crazy but if you want to rock you’ve got to hustle.

I used to think that when I had children, I wouldn’t have time for anything else especially music. On the contrary when you have children you know exactly what you want.  Anything is possible you just have to work on finding the solution.

“If you can find a way to remain true to your inner calling then nothing can stop you from creating.”

Ash Andersen ( What other projects do you have at the moment?

Dmitry Wild: Currently, I have HOLY WOW as my main project. We have a new album that I am promoting now.

Solo Project
Also I always had my own solo project under my own name Dmitry Wild
and I release music, poetry, covers or anything else I decide to create. My next idea is to record a full on album with spoken word poetry over music, in the style of Saul Williams and Jim Morrison’s “American Prayer.” 

The Mouthtrap
Also I recently collaborated as a composer and a singer on an upcoming Rock musical, called “The Mouthtrap” based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I got to play the role of Laertes, which was a lot of fun. The part required acting, singing and guitar playing. This was the most fun musical project I have ever participated in.

Mekia Machine
 I also recorded guitars for few songs for Mekia Machine, who is a phenomenal singer. One of the tracks called “Keep Standing.” Mekia’s  brother, Uriah Hall is a National UFC Champion. He used the track to walk out to his match in Las Vegas at TMobile Arena and guess what, he won.

Also, I am a writer. Two of my books are available online at my amazon store, “Why Be Normal?” and “Rebel Eyes

Photo by Anna Azarov. 

Ash Andersen ( What genre do you think HOLY WOW fits into? Who are some of your major musical influences?

Dmitry Wild: Well shit, I don’t know that’s always a tough question. I guess in this particular project I decided it’s my chance to experiment mixing electronic and garage indie rock. I always used to say I hate electronic music, I am a guitar player. I would yell, “Song must have guitars!”, Now I learned electronic music is it’s own genre, where there is a lot of great music, but I guess what I like is mixing and blending styles together. Also I guess with my deep voice on the mic, it always sounds a bit Gothy on top of it. 

Also I love films and cinema, for me it’s also a cinematic project, where I get to experiment with visuals and lights, while the music is playing. I finally created a backing videos for every song, so it’s more of an experience now. 

I would say the style could be called, Indie Electro Goth rock? Something like that. (Laughs.)

My major influences are The Doors, Interpol, White Lies, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Stone Roses, then Queens of the Stone Age, Sonic Youth and Kino ( A Soviet band from the eighties similar in sound to The Cure.) 

Ash Andersen ( What are some of your long and short term goals with HOLY WOW? Do you have any aspirations to tour?

Dmitry Wild: The short term goals are to just keep promoting “Modern Ancient Man” our new album which will be released on January 25. To just keep building up the hype and play a great album release show. I’m dying to go play in Europe but, I don’t want to play to just three people. I’m currently working with a publicist to help me achieve this goal. But first gathering album reviews is essential.


Ash Andersen ( If you could jam or perform with any musician dead or alive who would it be and why?

Dmitry Wild: Oh man! That’s a hard question. I would have loved to have played with the Doors as their bass player or play guitar for Victor Tzoi from Kino. He was such an enigmatic and yet simple person. I started KinoFest in his honor where bands can play a Kino cover or two within their own sets. I feel his songwriting and mine are similar in that the songs are romantic with an existential twist. Russians love to talk and write about deep shit (Laughs.)

Ash Andersen ( How can fans find or contact HOLY WOW? Where can they listen to your music?

Dmitry Wild: The full album “Modern Ancient Man” will be available on iTunes and Spotify.





Ash Andersen (

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview! Best of luck to you and your bandmates on your upcoming album release!


Interview by Ash Andersen.