Interview with Ian Wheeler of Coyote Man

Coyote Man... a band name that sounds like the desert S.W. but you all are in Chicago aren't you?
Ian Wheeler - (Laughs) It does. We are from the south side of Chicago. 

Catch us up what is going down? 
Ian Wheeler - We just released our brand new single "Perilous" from our sophomore album 'Precognition' which will be available everywhere on 4/20.

"Perilous" This first song seems to be leading us somewhere? Is there a story building? 
Ian Wheeler - From an instrumental standpoint our music tells a story in certain ways. This new album has a post-apocalyptic vibe that brings a vision to the future. Are we heading in a direction with humanity into perilous times? Who knows. The listener can use their imagination on how they feel about our music which is why instrumentals are so unique.

You are working with TAG Publicity, how's that going? Are you looking to build a team of support around the band?
Ian Wheeler - They have been extremely helpful with this latest release. We hope to continue working with them in the future. We are still a local band and we needed a change on our promotional dynamic which all bands should be doing if they're serious enough on taking it to the next level. 

Inspiration- where does it come from for you?
Ian Wheeler - Life in general gives us inspiration whether with our loved ones and the special moments we have. 

What’s on the agenda and goals for 2020?  What is coming?
Ian Wheeler - Playing more shows in and out of state promoting the new album. To keep our strong momentum going will hopefully push us in the right direction. We would love to be on a movie soundtrack at some point in the future. 

Favorite cult type movie would be and what character would you like to portray?
Ian Wheeler - That's a great a question. I will have to go with Tyler Durden in Fight Club. We have a little bit of Tyler in all of us. 

Best, in your estimation, drummer ever?
Ian Wheeler - John Bonham. 

What other jobs do the band members hold down?
Ian Wheeler - Jobs that keep us all financially stable. (Laughs)

Your thoughts on Carlos Santana?
Ian Wheeler - One of the greatest guitar players of all time. His Woodstock performance is one of the best. I got to see him in Chicago about 15 years ago at Millennium Park for free. 

Do you own a karaoke machine or do you ever go karaoke-ing (is that a word?)
Ian Wheeler - I do not. I was never a big karaoke guy but I did have a surprise birthday party for my fiance' last year at a karaoke bar and we had a blast. 

Chicago- your town- I am a tourist for a week, where should I go for food, music and art?
Ian Wheeler - I would highly recommend Kuma's Corner on Belmont. They play metal music all day and all of their burgers are named after kick-ass bands like Mastodon, Slayer, Iron Maiden etc. Seriously, some of the best burgers I ever had. Chicago has some of the greatest music venues of all time like The Metro, Aragon Ballroom, Reggies Rock Club and a whole lot more. On touristy stuff, I would highly recommend going to The Field Museum. I just went there recently and they had a great bug exhibit. Check out Millennium Park too with The Bean. Come out during the summer because the winters can be rough. (Laughs)

Favorite album cover design ever done?
Ian Wheeler - I would have to pick a few. The Mars Volta's "De-Loused in the Comatorium" comes to mind. Frank Zappa's "Over-Nite Sensation" and Mastodon's "Once More 'Round The Sun". 

Where can we find your music and more about your band?

Ian Wheeler - We are streaming on every music platform from Spotify to Bandcamp. You can find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @coyotemanband.