I’m Ian Carroll, the lead singer and owner of the band The Winter Society. I’m just coming to eighteen years old, and I release most of my material on YouTube.
Where are you based?
Slinger, in the state of Wisconsin.
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music for a little over four years. Lyrically, at least. I actually started recording my material just under ten months ago.
What genre would you consider your music to be?
I consider most of my music to be somewhere in the metal category. Hard metal, alternative, progressive. I’ve even made a death metal track or two.
What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
I have always been listening to music, no matter what I’m doing. When I’m eating, when I’m working, I even fall asleep. It’s changed me as a person, and I want to change other people with my music the way it’s changed me.
What are your biggest musical influences?
My main one has always been the band Disturbed. Admittedly, David Draiman’s voice is mostly what inspired my lower range. A few other big ones are Famous Last Words, Halocene, Van Halen, Metallica,
Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
I’m an independent artist! I plan to keep it this way, but if anyone is willing to extend their offer to me, I’d check them out.
What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
Admittedly, the biggest challenge has been actually finding my voice. As a teen, my voice was always tenor in range. But as of recent years, I’ve become a high baritone (a baritenor as I call it). I’ve been experimenting with my voice more and more in recent months to figure out just how far it can go.
How many songs or albums have you released to date?
I’ve released three singles officially on stores. Otherwise, there is a plethora of material on my YouTube channel free to anyone and everyone who wants to listen.
Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
As for the official releases, the most recent release is a title called, “As the Lights are Reimagined”. It’s a cover of Will Ryan (IRIS Official and DAGames)’s song called “As the Lights Go Out”, but with a very unique twist. I’ve been making this track and mastering it for a long time, and this result is the one I want. As for the YouTube releases, the most recent is called, “Memories of the Damned”. It tells the story of souls in a fictional world that have gone legitimately through hell and back to try and remedy their past mistakes. Not everything turns out their way, though.
Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
At the moment, I’m working on quite a few things to officially release and put out on the YouTube channel. I’ve been working meticulously in the back-end to finish each song to the best of my ability, and I think I’ve got my formula down. Expect a title called, “Slave to the Factory Line” very soon.