Timberwolf is the moniker of talented Adelaide singer-songwriter Chris Panousakis. He has a knack for writing gorgeous folk tunes and is gifted with a voice to match.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
I used to play along to lots of blues; Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix and Dire Straits, but also wrote lots about my reflective mind and how it all feels...I realised my lyrics and songwriting were far more cryptic and dreamy, so the two worlds are still slowly coming together. Playing live has been great way for me to develop my sound, I think it quickly forces you to learn about your strengths and weaknesses as a songwriter.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
Self reflection, visual texture and the chance to empower people the same ways in which I have been through song.
What can punters expect from a Timberwolf live show?
Spooky falsetto, lots of guitar and a wall of harmonies.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
Whilst it's important to stay open minded and creative, make sure you're writing music that is true to yourself because it will always be the most authentic and sincere - Mark Myers.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
' by The Middle East, for finding the beauty in sadness.
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
I went to see Jesse Davidson
play over Halloween, shit got weird. There were crayons, vodka, I think I even lost my wallet...He's a bad influence.
Tell us about the bands or people in the Adelaide music community that inspire you.
There's a fast-growing sense of community in the young Adelaide music scene, with the likes of Bad//Dreems, T-Kay and Jesse Davidson doing particularly great things. It's a super inspiring time in general to be based down South, there's a definite buzz.
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
I'll finish off 2014 on the East Coast, touring the new single around Festival Of The Sun. The new EP will drop early in 2015 too, just in time for WOMADelaide. Amongst some more touring, hopefully I can sneak in some more songwriting. A film clip would be nice too.