Rocker Wolf Van Halen gave some credit where it was due recently by posting a touching nod to his “amazing friends” over the Mammoth WVH debut album.
The 30-year-old multi-talented musician’s debut album came out on June 11. The 15-track album featured two singles, “Distance” and “Don’t Back Down,” with good reviews by the critics. The album also peaked at number one on three lists (Independent Albums, Top Hard Rock Albums, and Top Rock Albums).
Others chipped in on Van Halen’s praise. The fans liked seeing the credit to all the behind-the-scenes people for their hard work and hours of dedication.
It was so good that one fan was already clamoring for the sequel.
Making An Album
Wolf Van Halen spoke with Bass Player Magazine about what it takes to make a strong album. He said the fans come with certain expectations.
The singer-songwriter said fans had some preconceived notions about what they would hear from him and his band.
But what Van Halen wanted them to realize is he’s all about writing good songs.
“What they’ll eventually find out,” Van Halen said. “If they don’t immediately throw it away, after not hearing what they want to hear – is that I’m a songwriter first.”
He said he wanted to do everything and show off all the sides of his musical personality but realized that would make for a mess. In the liner notes, the singer played guitars, bass, drums, and keyboards. Others supported Van Halen’s vision while helping him create “cohesive songs” and do “everything best for the song.”
Producer Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette used his mixing talents to work and kept the singer from self-doubt and in the right direction.
Wolf Van Halen’s Heroes
The singer said he looked up to Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl, admiring him for playing all the instruments on his band’s demos after playing with Nirvana. Van Halen also gave a shoutout to Nine Inch Nails for inspiration.
Fans also learned the singer was a big bass fan of Tool’s Justin Chancellor and Primus bandleader Les Claypool.
Van Halen said he liked it when projects started with one person and grew “from there.” He was always fond of the cohesion between the initial solo work and the music with a live band.
“That’s kind of how I view it, even though it is still me,” Van Halen said. “I view it more as a band than some sort of solo project.”
An ‘Honest Question’ For Wolf Van Halen
Wolf Van Halen is never one to shy away from a Twitter commenter.
Recently, Ultimate Classic Rock caught wind of a post where a fan asked him why he used WVH at the end of his band’s name.
Well, that’s easy to answer for Eddie Van Halen’s son.
“Last I checked it was my f$^#in’ name,” the singer responded.