Wolf Van Halen Says His Father Eddie ‘Never Policed’ Anything He Did With His Music
Mammoth WVH frontman Wolf Van Halen recently joined WRIF’s Virtual Rock Room for an interview during which he revealed that his father Eddie Van Halen never really policed him for his musical efforts.
As the son of a remarkable guitarist, Eddie Van Halen, Wolfgang became interested in music when he was just a little kid. When he was nine years old, Wolf began his music career as a drummer. He watched his father during rehearsals and tried to play Alex Van Halen’s drum kit. Later on, he played guitar, bass, and keyboard. So, without a doubt, Eddie was a huge source of inspiration for the beginning of his professional music career.
In the interview with WRIF’s Virtual Rock Room, Wolfgang revealed whether he has made any music efforts which made him think that Eddie would have done the same. He stated that Eddie gave him the liberty to do what he wanted in the studio and didn’t police him for anything he did musically. He would attend his studio sessions to see what he was up to but not to intervene and intrude.
Following that, Wolf said Eddie would often stand in the corner and watch him like a proud father following his son’s soccer game without interrupting him. As a musician who has experienced being in several bands, including Van Halen, Wolf now focuses on finding his own voice and sound. Thus, he has always tried to sound like himself rather than following his father’s footsteps.
WRIF’s Virtual Rock Room Meltdown asked Wolfgang the following:
“What kind of writing sensibilities do you think that you garnered from your dad? I know this is a question you’ve probably heard before, but I was listening to some of the Breakdowns stuff — was there stuff that when you were recording this record, you were thinking, ‘Well, my dad would do this’?”
Wolfgang Van Halen then responded:
“Not really. You know, he kind of just let me. He never really policed anything I was doing either. If any time he was in the studio, he was just watching like a proud dad would be watching their kid at a soccer game, just not wanting to intrude and just watch it happen.
If anything, I made specific choices to sound more like myself and be honest to myself instead of being like, ‘Oh, this is what dad would do.’ But there are certainly things I do every day — even in conversation, playing, writing, I’m like ‘Oh, man, dad would have done that.'”
You can watch the full interview below.