Wolfgang Van Halen has offered another update on the progress of the recording sessions for the second MAMMOTH WVH album
Speaking to Ireland’s Overdrive, Wolfgang said: “I’ve already recorded the bulk of the next album. The plan was to just focus, and try to do the best that I can do. After all, that’s what made the first album work, so I’m looking to try to capture that ethos again for the follow-up. Basically, I just write music that follows my heart, and my tastes, and ultimately, music that makes me happy.”
Discussing the actual recording process for the second MAMMOTH WVH record, Wolfgang said: “I need to go home and do the vocals and the guitar solos. I am recording this album totally on my own, like I did with the debut. I know it may come across as selfish [laughs], but that’s just the way that it works for me. I like to completely immerse myself in the music — in all aspects of it. I think a lot of people have tried to turn it into something else, saying things like, ‘Oh it’s because he doesn’t want to pay other musicians,’ and it’s not that at all. This is just something for me. It’s a sacred experience for me. It’s my project, and an artistic outlet for me and my mental well-being. I’m so luck that I have this incredible live band that just slays live, so I get to bring this creation to life on stage. I suppose, it’s kind of like NINE INCH NAILS, in the way that Trent Reznor creates all the music, records it, produces it, et cetera, and then he has this band that can bring it to life when needed. I’m not comparing myself to Trent, but it’s more the interesting duality to this approach, which is so much fun, and deeply satisfying.”
MAMMOTH WVH‘s touring lineup is made up of Wolfgang on guitar and lead vocals, Frank Sidoris (SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS) on guitar, Jon Jourdan on guitar and vocals, Garrett Whitlock (TREMONTI) on drums, and Ronnie Ficarro on bass.