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Student and musician: Q&A

Anthony Howe (drummer), Tanner Leier (guitar) Josh Haider (vocals), Will Holien (guitar) and Tyler Wolf (bass). SUBMITTED PHOTO.

Tyler Wolf is not only a graphic communications student at MSUM, he is also the bassist of If I Ran the Zoo, a metalcore/hardrock group in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Drummer Anthony Howe, co-founder of the band is also a student at MSUM, studying human evolution.

Q: How do you feel about the Fargo-Moorhead music scene?

A: The Fargo-Moorhead scene is great. There are more than a few Fargo bands who have made a big name for themselves already, like The Suit. It’s great having them as friends in the same town. Which makes getting involved really easy. Just make some friends. It seems like every other day there’s a new band starting up and playing shows.
The Fargo-Moorhead music scene is constantly changing. It’s definitely not as strong as some other areas, and there are some things as a band we don’t particularly agree with here. But other than that, it’s good, and it’s good to be a part of.

Q: What does metalcore/hard rock mean to you?

A: It’s similar to heavy metal, but in most cases, it is a lot more technical. Hard rock is just a genre we like to live by.

Q: What first interested you in that type of music?

A: Speaking for myself, it was just a genre I had never been around before, and I ended up really enjoying it.

Q: What is your favorite venue to perform?

A: So far I think we can all agree our favorite venue that we’ve played at is The Hub/Venue right here in Fargo. But, we also enjoy The Garage in Burnsville, and Station 4 in St. Paul, Minn.

Q: If you could make your own personal hall of fame what artists would for sure be in it?

A: We take influence from Four Year Strong, A Day To Remember, The Devil Wears Prada and New Found Glory. But to us, a good song is a good song, we take influence from anything that we like, and anything that sounds good to us.

Q: What kind of experience can audience members expect at an If I Ran the Zoo show?

A: The audience can expect a high energy show. We do our best at every show to be as fun, and as energetic on stage as possible.

Q: What is one music memory you are fond of?

A: Performing at the 2011 and 2012 Sonshine Festival in Willmar, Minn.

Q: If you could describe your musical style in three words what would they be?

A: Rock and Roll.


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