Wolf Van Halen Says Grammy Nomination Helped Inspire Him to Write Again

by Jacklyn Krol

Wolf Van Halen still can’t believe that he has a Grammy nomination.

In a new interview with Spin, he revealed that the Grammy nomination actually helped him write music again. With the pandemic and the loss of his father, he had quite a challenging and emotionally draining year. He said that he was in a creative rut despite planning to write a lot during lockdown.

“And I think I wrote about five ideas that I was happy with,” he said of the first half of the pandemic. Then after those ideas, it stopped and his depression took over his life. Because of the circumstances, it “became the worst year of my life.”

All that changed when he was honored with something that most musicians only dream about.

“Honestly, in a really funny way, [the writing spark] sort of came back after the Grammy nomination,” he admitted. “When I got nominated, I was just like, ‘That’s a huge thing of respect that it’s a rock song and it’s for my songwriting.’ So it gave me a little kick in my step. I’ve actually been writing a bit more and have come up with a couple of ideas. Elvis is coming up here this month so that hopefully next year, whenever we can carve out some time, we can get the train rolling on Mammoth Two.”

In 2022, Wolf Van Halen and Mammoth WVH will be going on tour with Dirty Honey. No matter the routing, he is getting to the Grammy Awards. He revealed that the honor was extremely unexpected.

I certainly would never plan for a Grammy nomination, but we’re gonna figure it out because [my manager] said we’ve got to be there. You never know when it’s gonna come up again,” he concluded.

Wolf Van Halen and New Band Hate

Wolf Van Halen believes that he has a theory as to why some rock fans don’t like it when new rock bands make it to the big time.

“I think a heavy slice of that is nostalgia about things being better back in the day,” he said. It is true. As people typically say, “they don’t make ’em like they used to.” Van Halen notes that other genres are at the forefront of mainstream and radio currently. That only helps the theory that rock is dead, which is not true. He hopes to prove the naysayers wrong with his band’s live show.

“I think if you say ‘rock is dead,’ you’re wrong. And I think that’s a big point of this tour. It’s that we are the young guns of the genre. And we’re here to prove that we can do it just as good as the old guys,” he added.