Wolf Van Halen Picks Maynard James Keenan And Layne Staley As His Inspirations For Singing
Mammoth WVH frontman Wolf Van Halen revealed that Tool lead Maynard James Keenan and the late Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley were two of his favorite vocalists in his recent interview with Q1043 New York.
Wolfgang Van Halen began his professional career as a musician when he became Van Halen’s bassist to replace Michael Anthony in 2006. He proved that he was a very talented artist at a very young age, but Wolf showed his great interest in music before joining his father, Eddie Van Halen’s band. He learned how to play drums when he was very young, and later Wolf became a guitarist, bassist, and keyboardist at the same time.
After Van Halen disbanded following Eddie’s death on October 6, 2020, Wolf focused on his solo project, Mammoth WVH, which brought him fame and popularity. The musician released his self-titled debut studio album on June 11, 2021, in which he played as a vocalist, drummer, guitarist, bassist, and keyboard player. Van Halen’s performance received very positive reviews from fans and music critics upon its release.
The host wanted to know his favorite singers in his recent interview that shaped his musical style. Wolf responded to the question, saying that many people had asked this question before. The Mammoth WVH founder initially stated that his vocal style developed its own. However, he added that he always loved Layne Stayley and Maynard James Keenan as a Tool and Alice in Chains fan, both of whom must have impacted his vocal style.
When asked about the singers he loved, Wolf said:
“I get that question a lot. I’ve been singing my whole life, so I never really saw a singer and was like, ‘I want to do that.’ My voice kind of developed on its own. There are plenty of singers I love, like Maynard or Layne Staley. I never had that sort of thing where it was like a drummer or guitar player was like, ‘I want to do that with singing.’ It’s just a thing that just happened.”
You can check out the interview below.