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Cullah (Born Ian McCullough on April 27, 1991 in Milwaukee, WI) is a multi-disciplinary artist, producer, songwriter, engineer, and entrepreneur who has been releasing an open-source album of music every year, since 2006, on April 27th.
His performance style varies in instrumentation and accompaniment. Referred to as “The Beck of Milwaukee”, Cullah explores a variety of musical styles. Backed by different ensembles, Cullah may be found playing a folk set with a banjo and guitar or an electronic set with samplers and synths. No matter the instruments, Cullah’s voice comes through strongly. His performance is dynamic and captivating in a way to connect with his audience that is deep and primal, as he has been taught by his family, passed on through the generations.
Cullah describes his pull towards music as “not a choice” and as a magnetic and constant presence in his life; as inherent to his being, perhaps even in his DNA. His grandfather Dick Wolff, orphaned at a young age, would perform the fiddle in bars in Erin, Wisconsin to make just enough money to eat that day. His mother, Mary, was one of seventeen children including eleven daughters (all named Mary) and 6 sons. His grandfather told endless stories of divine visions and visitations from angels, many delivering music. Cullah’s two grandparents and seventeen aunts and uncles would participate in the largest family band in American history called The Wolff Family Band.
Cullah’s artistry has a strong storytelling focus as he explores the deeper meanings behind myths and their symbols rooted in the sacred divine inspiration of Awen and in theological, mythological, and philosophical topics such as Jungian Psychology, Gnosticism, Tolkeinism, etc.
In 2021, Cullah reached his milestone album ½, where he celebrated half of his life releasing music. Dedicated to the musical craft, Cullah has distributed hundreds of songs and has had his music placed in 10,000+ productions for The Expendables 4, The North Face, The Modern Rogue, Channel 4. As well as video games like D.R.O.N.E the Game, Those Who Remain, and Car Mechanic Simulator 2018.
Cullah has been a pioneer of open licensing frameworks like Creative Commons and p2p file sharing networks like torrents and blockchains for distribution, licensing, and payment structures for artists. He has been a long-term advocate for structuring internet societies using open-source protocols and distributed networks of independent artists. Cullah has founded applications such as Free Music Land and Firebird Media.
🏆 WAMI Award Winner, Unique Album of The Year 2023
WAMI Award Nominee 2020, 2021
“Cullah’s music nearly defies description. It’s anthemic and dramatic and cinematic — as unique as the artist himself.”
– Radio Milwaukee
“You will be hard pressed to find any act, local or otherwise, that sounds like Milwaukee’s Cullah.”
– Breaking and Entering
“I’m not sure there is a better pure vocalist in Milwaukee (or possibly even in the 500 mile radius). “
“There’s something very special about Cullah that draws people to his music and makes his supporters stick around for the long haul.”
– Michele Rosado — Smoky Water Studio
“Cullah’s voice takes a turn into one of the most amazing things I have ever heard. I honestly don’t even know how to describe it.
– Girl at The Rock Show
Gear Change (2019)
Director: Julien Shaw
La Plastikería (2017)
Director: Cesare Maglioni
The Hostage (2016)
Director: Carl Thomason
Splitting the D (2014)
Director: Elias Noel
The Usual Work Night (2014)
Director: Irenej Vid Bosnjak
Julien 1-2-3 (2010)
Director: Mike Lee
Eric Orr & The Underwater (2010)
Director: Klas Martin Eriksson
Charlie vs. the Future (2019)
Director: Aaron Doolittle
Death of a Vlogger (2019)
Director: Graham Hughes
Snipped in Paradise (2018)
Director: Tom McPhee
The Mint (2017)
Director: Raymond Mamrak
Channel4 – “Beaver Falls” Series 2 (2012)
Those Who Remain (2020)
Developer: Camel 101
Neon Iron Stickman Rope Hero City Gangstar Mafia (2020)
Developer: Oscar Damian
D.R.O.N.E the Game (2020)
Developer: Five Studios Interactive
Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 (2017)
Developer: Red Dot Games
The Modern Rogue
There are 1000s of more Cullah music syncs on YouTube:
There are over 400 on Vimeo: