Wolfgang Van Halen Shares The Singers He Admires

Mammoth WVH founder Wolfgang Van Halen recently joined a conversation with Appetite for Distortion and discussed how certain rock vocalists have affected his singing while crediting his debut album’s creation process for helping him during that phase.

Following his father, Eddie Van Halen’s passing, the Van Halen family stated that they couldn’t continue without their guitarist and announced their disbandment. Having grown with and in rock music, Wolf channeled his feelings of sadness into his music and formed Mammoth WVH. The first song he released under that name was ‘Distance,‘ which was a tribute to Eddie. The song achieved critical acclaim and ranked no.1 on the Billboard charts.

Following that, Wolf started working hard on his self-titled debut album, released in June 2021. The album quickly drew significant attention, and Wolf embarked on a tour supporting the album and opened for Guns N’ Roses. He is currently getting ready to embark on another tour, ‘Young Guns Tour,’ co-headlining with Dirty Honey, which was recently rescheduled and will start on February 21 and end in April.

Wolfgang Van Halen and Dirty Honey frontman Marc Labelle recently joined Appetite for Distortion to talk about their upcoming tour. During the conversation, Wolf was asked to list the vocalists who have helped him find his voice in Mammoth WVH. After a little bit of thought, Wolfgang said that although it might make him sound like a ‘douche,’ he was actually not inspired by anyone.

Wolf continued by saying that he has been singing his whole life, and although there are singers that he admires, like Tool, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle’s founder Maynard James Keenan, and Karnivool’s lead singer Ian Kenny, he hasn’t modeled his voice after them. The vocalist added that he was used to singing at a high note while in Van Halen, and thus while recording with Mammoth WVH, he decided to do something different and go with the flow, which led to the creation of his voice right now.

The interviewer asked the following:

“You did you model your singing after if anybody?”

To which Wolfgang responded:

“At the risk of sounding like a douche, I kind of didn’t. I’ve been singing my whole life. I have had singers that I admire, you know, like Maynard from Tool is a singer I admire, Ian Kenny from a band called Karnivool is a singer I love… but modeling my voice after…

It just sort of developed throughout the recording. I mean, in Van Halen, all I had to do was to learn how to sing high, and then when it came to recording this, it was just like ‘hey, let’s see what happens,’ and I guess this is the voice; that came out.”

You can watch the interview below.