Remi Wolf


It’s difficult for Remi Wolf to describe her sound. Within the span of three-minutes, a Remi Wolf track will ricochet between funk, soul, indie and emo with all the predictability of a pinball. Her vocals oscillate between screeching falsetto and melody-anchoringalto, pendulum-swinging the scales in little more than abreath. It’s afar cry from that which has become par-for-the-course in pop music, butthatRemi Wolf has never been one to follow the rules.It’s possibleWolf favors rebellion now because her early musical trajectory hits all the conventional mileposts of a well-rounded artist. There were the grade-school performances and open mics that wowed crowds in her Palo Alto hometown; the self-taught songwriting, experimental recordingand tertiary music education via USC. Perhaps the most pivotal moment was making $200 in two hours of soulful busking in high school, whenWolf realized people would happily pay to hear her perform.“Before I really fell in love with writing,I loved performing,” she says. “That’s always been my home base, it lights something up in my soul that is never lit up at any other time in my life. It’s a very powerful thing—the most expressive I feel like I will ever get.”Audiences“immediate response” to her talent instilled in Wolf an sense of confidence that carried her through music school and into a post-grad stint gracing local Los Angeles venues. Her college experience consisted of skipping class to jam with her 10 musical roommates, and soon she’d linked with co-producer, Jared Soloman. Together, they compiled influences inthe likes ofTool, Weezer, Ween and Erikah Badyu and committed an experimental artist project, throwing caution —and strategy —to the wind with the impulsive release of their first track, “Guy.”“I had no plan at all, I was just playing shows and taking whatever opportunities came my way,” says 25-year-old Wolf. “I was learning to play drums and would write on the guitar with all these chord shapes people just weren’t using,different structures. It made me nervous, but I always just had a vision.”“Guy” would mark a watershed moment for Remi Wolf, the artist. It secured her a spot openingon tourfor indie-pop darling, Still Woozy, a manager, and anentry point toconsecutive critically-acclaimed EPs, You’re a Dog andI’m Allergic to Dogs—mostly created in makeshift studios with Soloman and limited gear. Apple would later recruit Wolf to soundtrack an iPhone commercial, and she’d receive major co-signs from the likes of Dominic Fike and Cautious Clay.Theseachievements have servedas both prelude and platform for her debut album,[INSERT NAME]her post-pandemic offering. The project is an exploration of the instability Wolf felt during lockdown, bouncing between houses allwhile attempting sobriety. The project is alsothe first time Remi Wolf has had the resources to outsource the more technical elements of the production process, as well asaccess to high quality equipment. For a DIY-minded artist who has bootstrapped her way into the industry, this has taken some adjustment.“I’ve had to let go a little bit of control and let people help me to execute my ideas,” she explains, “I have to trust other people to help me while not confining myself to any expectation other than pushing myself and the boundaries of what I’vedone before.”Not only doesher first full-length projectarticulate Wolf’s maturation, but manages to maintain the genre-bending spontaneity and soul of her previous work. The singer-songwriter’s improvisational sonic instincts best speak to her talent and bolster her longevity, but it's her childlikecharisma —on-stage and off —coupled withdevil-may-careattitude that indicates her potentialfor profound impact. Remi Wolf would rather rewritethe rules than play by them, and for that you can credit her rebel heart. “Sometimes I just feel like I want to be different and rebellious and a contrarian to what’s going on. It's insane to think I can make the music I want to make and pay my bills and be validated for my labor, but I think mainly I want my music to be important to people. I want people to make memories with my songs.”