Wolfgang Van Halen says he is close to completing work on the second MAMMOTH WVH album
Speaking with U.K.’s Total Guitar magazine, Wolfgang Van Halen revealed that he is “almost finished” recording the follow-up to “Mammoth WVH“, which arrived in June 2021.
Regarding his decision to once again play all the instruments on the new MAMMOTH WVH record, Wolfgang said: “Some people try to turn me playing everything into a negative thing, which surprises me. It’s like they think I won’t let other people play on it or something like that. But really this is what MAMMOTH is and always has been; it’s my artistic expression.
“I’ve been in bands before where you collaborate and that’s not what this is,” he explained. “I have a live band, but in the studio I do everything and have a fun time doing it. I enjoy being able to express myself musically in every avenue.”
Discussing what fans can expect from the second MAMMOTH WVH album, Wolfgang said: “It will always sound a bit similar, I guess, because the same dude is writing it. But I think on this current material, you can hear me challenging myself a bit more. I’ve gotten more confident and I know what the project is now, rather than trying to figure out what it was from the start, like on the first one.
“On the debut there was this width of what the project was — on the left you had songs like ‘Distance’ and ‘Circles’, those softer vibes, and on the right you had tracks like ‘Stone’ and ‘The Big Picture’. In the middle, there were songs like ‘Mammoth’ or ‘Epiphany’ and stuff like that. What I want to do with this album is widen what that breadth is. Further left, for example, there’s a song that’s all on piano… so it has more of a softer vibe. But on the right, there’s some really heavy shit in comparison to the debut. That’s what I find really exciting. It’s fun to stretch the definition of MAMMOTH on both sides.”
MAMMOTH WVH‘s debut album was released via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records.