About this Blog
Sheep Dressed Like Wolves is the Blog and Podcast for Reluctant Leaders and Gentle Rebels who long to make an impact with the things they create, within this strange, absurd world.
It is for those who want to work differently, think creatively, and become the artist they were born to be.
I started the blog as a way of challenging myself to do something well outside of my comfort zone.
Over the past couple of years I have built a portfolio career pursuing all sorts of endeavours. I suppose I am on the constant mission to become what Marianne Cantwell describes as a ‘free-range human’.
The aim of this website is to explore the things that keep us from living our own unique dream (our art), and to challenge the assumptions we have about the way we and others ‘should’ be living. I cover themes like creativity, taking the lead when you don’t see yourself as a leader, confronting fear, and generally stepping out of your comfort zone to do more of what you feel you are on this planet to do.
In this respect Sheep Dressed Like Wolves is an ever-evolving expression of my thinking, and of the things that attract my attention and inspire me. I reserve the right to change my mind about anything I say on here.
I’m Andy Mort, a UK based musician and writer (also known as Atlum Schema). Sheep Dressed Like Wolves is my website. It has evolved over the past few years out of a podcast that I started at the end of 2009.
A major part of what inspires my writing is the belief that beneath the surface we are all artists and there is no such thing as a non-creative person. I like to explore ways in which this is suppressed in our society and the things that imprison our thinking and behaviour.
If you would like to hear my music then head to Bandcamp.
I have written many guest blog posts and magazine articles. If you’re interested in having me do something like this for you, or you’d simply like to hire me for anything else then get in touch via the contact page. I would love to hear from you.
I also present a podcast for music blog, Right Chord Music. It has an emphasis on promoting independent and emerging artists. I regularly interview the bands and artists we feature.
Some other things you might be interested to know:
I like to teach people how to play drums.
I am an independent musician, which means I am not signed to a record label. This does not mean I am ‘unsigned’ (a term often used to denote a desire to ‘be signed’) but rather I am un-signed (a choice to be free from a contract).
I like playing gigs in unusual places. In 2009 I organised a launch show for my album at a cinema in Southampton – we played the entire album from start to finish, live.
I believe that if we treat art, first and foremost as business then it has lost its purpose before we even begin.
All people are artists. Very few people know they are artists.
Each of us has something profound to offer. Very few of us are encouraged and given the space to offer it. It is mostly a battle we have to engage in.
I believe that money eventually ruins anything that once was good. It destroys messages, relationships, individuals and art. Therefore we should never rest on our laurels.
I have written an e-book about much of this. It is called ‘What ‘Because’? Why YOU are an artist and why the world NEEDS your art’ and it’s totally free.
Watch my Welcome Video…