Enigmatic talent Warren Wolfe reveals a little more of himself as we premiere his new release.
Photograph: Hayden Sitomer
Warren Wolfe is the kind of artist that deserves to be found: a treasure hidden among Soundcloud’s synth-pop hordes. The New Yorker first caught our attention when he dropped the Sampha-flavoured, spacey, soul laced track “Fall Apart” a few months ago: its tender, melancholic vibes had us hooked and keenly awaiting what Wolfe would do next.
What he did next turned out to be “Take The Fall”, which premieres exclusively on Wonderland and refines the sonically ambitious and deeply lyrical path Wolfe began treading on his debut. Currently working on an EP which should fully introduce the world to his talents, Wolfe told us a little more about himself over a cross-continental line. Get familiar: you’ll be hearing his name again.
How did you first get interested in music?
My mom – she’s an amazing singer who pushed me into playing piano as a child and introduced me to so many incredible artists.
What have you been up to/working on since “Fall Apart”?
I’ve been putting together around 4-5 tracks for an EP, working with my friend Alec, who makes music as Quiet Luke and has mixed and played guitar on my past two tracks. I’m also producing and singing on a joint project with my friend Orrin, so there’s a lot I’m looking forward to put out.
Who are your biggest influences?
In terms of contemporary music, I’m really inspired by the works of James Blake, Sampha, and Julianna Barwick. I didn’t start making my own music until about two years ago, but growing up I was really involved with classical music and especially choir, so I’m excited to bring those influences into my later work.
What’s the next move with your music?
Once I finish the two projects I mentioned, I want to get out there and perform in New York with my friends in the fall. I’m yet to play my own music live so it’s going to be exciting and scary.
Take us through an average day in the life of Warren Wolfe.
Tough question! My average day depends on whether I have work or not, but in order to make this more interesting let’s say it’s my day off! I’ll wake up relatively late, go get a smoothie with my friends, maybe play some soccer or go to a park, eat a burrito later, and then work on music at night and play FIFA. I don’t really like going out so this routine works for me.
Where do you want to be five years from now?
Five years from now I would like to be touring the world with my friends and continuing to make music. I also would not mind living somewhere really pretty like Iceland!
Lastly: what motivates you to create music: why do you do what you do?
I make music because I want to inspire people in the same way that my favorite artists have inspired me. Also, it’s the only thing I can see myself doing for the rest of my life!