By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Don’t be a fool.
When it comes to his music, Dominic Wolf has proved he is anything but, as the COVID-19 pandemic wiped away all his sources of income and forced him to take control of everything he put out – from artwork and playing all the instruments to even self-production.
This past August, the London-based genre-defier released his latest EP entitled ‘Fool’ via AWAL, also praised for its namesake single that unites attention-grabbing vocal work with electronic textures and alt-pop-esque melodious tendencies.
Over time, Wolf has played alongside acts like AURORA and yahyel and at venues that include Scala, London’s Social and even at Rotterdam’s Left Of The Dial Festival.
The Music Bugle had the chance to chat with Wolf about ‘Fool’ and more.
Music Bugle – What was your goal for your single “Fool”?
Dominic Wolf – As with most songs I write, I just wanted to write a song that genuinely reflected how I felt at the time and that sounds good to me.
Music Bugle – What was it like putting together your EP ‘Fool’?
Dominic Wolf – Difficult at times, but feels great to have been able to put it together. I really pushed myself to think differently and to explore ways of doing things I hadn’t tried before. I usually test out songs live before fully producing them. This time, this wasn’t possible, so it was interesting to see how these songs would come out live.
Music Bugle – What is your favorite aspect of being a DIY artist?
Dominic Wolf – I really like being able to do things my way. Not having too much external input into how things should be done allows me to be honest in my art and keep things original and interesting for me.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Dominic Wolf – I struggled financially for some time. I went back to being a food courier on my bicycle, which was really eerie, as I’d never seen London so empty. It was like working in a ghost town. I filmed it for the visual for my ‘Only For Mad People’ EP, if anyone is curious! Like most musicians, all my upcoming shows got cancelled and my releases got delayed. That being said, I spent a lot more time in the studio making music and also started some new projects, which has been really nice. I feel extremely fortunate to have had a roof over my head and access to pretty much everything I needed to deal with the situation.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Dominic Wolf – Thinking about social media all the time takes you out of real moments and makes you miss out on the present. It sucks when something special is happening and instead of truly appreciating it, you sometimes feel like you need to whip your phone out to capture it for social media. Just having the thought already tarnishes that moment, but yeah, social media can be really fun and I do think it’s a very useful way of staying connected with people who dig your music. A bit of a love/hate relationship there for me.
Music Bugle – What has been your proudest accomplishment?
Dominic Wolf – There’s a fairly big venue in London called Scala, which I absolutely love and have been going to for many years. I saw many great bands there. Just before Covid hit, I had the pleasure of supporting sir Was for his headline show there. I don’t know if it’s my proudest accomplishment, but it’s the first thing that came to mind! It was the first time I heard my songs on such a big sound system. That was real nice.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Dominic Wolf – For a drink at the pub or a walk in the park. Still end up at the studio most of the time, though…
Music Bugle – What’s something that people might be surprised to know about you?
Dominic Wolf – Hmm… let me think. I keep it quiet, but I am really really bad at math.
Music Bugle – What do you hope for as 2022 begins?
Dominic Wolf – I’d like to say I hope things will get back to “normal,” but the way things were before is exactly how we got into this situation in the first place, so I hope that we will have learned from this, so that people won’t have to suffer through this again and of course, so that live music never has to go away for this long again.
Music Bugle – What do you wish happened more in today’s music industry?
Dominic Wolf – I would love to see more widespread usage of 3D sound, wearables and projection mapping in live shows. The technology is here. Let’s use it! Shows could become so much more immersive. I’d also love to see more festivals for new music and more diversity on festival lineups in general. Lastly, streaming platforms should start treating artists fairly. It is insane how much money they make and how little most of the artists without whom these platforms couldn’t exist actually make!