Wolfgang Van Halen Shares The Band Influenced Him The Most Outside Of VH

Mammoth WVH’s Wolfgang Van Halen shared the music groups that shaped his musical taste and allowed him to enhance his skills. He reflected on his childhood and started with blink-182:

“When I started playing drums, when I was nine years old, the two albums I played most to were Van Halen’s Best Of – Volume I’ and ‘Enema Of The State’ by blink-182. So I think blink was an early influence on me. I think [blink-182 drummer] Travis Barker was a big influence on drums for me starting out, that I was, like, ‘Ooh, I really enjoy this.'”

He then continued with TOOL, and how it was influential on his perspective towards music:

“But Danny Carey really was huge… When I started listening to TOOL, I noticed a big jump in my own skills. Trying to learn how to play ‘Ænima’ and learning how to play ‘Forty-Six & 2’ and ‘The Grudge’ and ‘Ticks & Leeches’ and stuff like that, and noticing, like, ‘Wow, I’m becoming a better drummer just because I’m trying — and failing — to play all of this TOOL stuff.’ But, yeah, listening to TOOL really upped my game in terms of understanding music and learning how to play it and developing more skills.”

Wolfgang said that as a drummer back then, listening to Meshuggah felt like solving equations, and he liked that:

“And that led to my adoration of Meshuggah. That’s like math. As a drummer, there’s nothing more fun than listening to Meshuggah and trying to figure out the rhythm, the polyrhythm that’s happening and stuff like that. I really — I don’t know — I just enjoy that a lot.”

Wolfgang Van Halen was his father Eddie Van Halen’s bassist in Van Halen for 14 years. In Mammoth WVH’s debut album, which was released under the same name, Wolfgang played all the instruments himself. His next album ‘Mammoth II’ is expected to be released in August 4, 2023.

You can watch the whole interview below.