Wolf was an artist who hit my radar back in 2020 and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with her music and story. After “High Waist Jeans” made it in my inbox, I knew that I was witnessing the rise of a special talent, which then caused me to frantically analyze her discography with pure excitement. Some people just have that “it” factor and the moment you look at Wolf, it is undeniable that she falls in to that category. The New York native has been on an absolute tare lately as her song “Hoops” has been experiencing a revitalization over the past few weeks. People from all over the country are becoming fans of hers every day ad it’s all due to her amazing talent, infectious personality and drive to be the best singer/songwriter/producer that she can be. As a self proclaimed Lyrical Lemonade fanatic herself, it was only right that we get her on our page and dive deep into what makes her the stellar star that she’s shaping in to be. This past week, I had the chance to sit down with Wolf and her management to learn more about this explosive journey that they’ve been on. Pleas sit back and enjoy this conversation with Wolf! (Photo Credit: Alex K. Justice)
Sam: I’d love to hear about your life growing up. Was your family very musical/When was the moment you decided that you wanted to sing?
Wolf: Yeah, I mean it was pretty crazy for me, because when I was young, I was extremely shy. I couldn’t make eye contact with people. I couldn’t cough if it was going to draw attention to myself. I was petrified of my own shadow and as I was growing up, even in Elementary School, I remember Avril Lavigne was my whole world. She was the very first concert I ever went to in 6th grade and I knew very early on then that I wanted to do something involving singing. That was the one thing I always did. I would perform even though I couldn’t talk to people, which doesn’t make sense. I don’t know, there’s still a distance from people when you’re on stage and I was just doing covers so it felt okay. And you know, I kept listening to music and my mom when she was younger, she was the front-man in a band but her parents made her quit, because they’re very old school Italian. So yeah, in High School, I was the loner kid; I used to eat lunch alone all of the time but I wanted to perform so I would go to the music room at lunch and basically, my teacher said, “if you want to perform in the final showcase, it has to be an original.” And back then, I was mortified at the thought of someone actually hearing what I had to say. But, I went home and I wrote it and it ended up being like a weight off of my shoulders. It felt like diary entries, like I could finally say things and I’d sing them and people can finally know what I’m thinking without having to actually talk to be people about it. So, it was the start of a new chapter for me and I don’t know how long it would’ve taken me to get to that point without the nudge from my teacher.
Sam: Do you still keep in touch with the teacher?
Wolf: We follow each other on IG and we like each others stuff, but I seriously owe him so much.
Sam: That’s awesome! Now tell me what happened next as far as your music. When was the beginning of you deciding that you wanted to make a career our of all of this?
Wolf: It did take me a ton of years of trial and error because I was hitting up so many producers and nothing was really working. I was in sessions and everyone was so hype, but I was like this isn’t it, so I started self producing. I went to school for music and between self producing and writing over rap beats, I felt like I was finally getting really close, but I waited and waited until I finally met Jackson who now produces everything with me or on his own and that first studio session was just magic. So the minute that happened, the music felt real and I just knew that we could finally start after that.
Sam: So as far as your creative process, do you like having a hand in the production of all of the music that you make?
Wolf: Yeah for the most part, Jackson and I will be in the studio together when he’s making the production, so I can work on that with him; But some of it, he just gets it, so he can make something an dI just trust him.
Sam: What was the first song that you dropped officially? What was that debut moment like for you?
Wolf: It was so cool because I was doing these one-minute freestyles on IG and one of them really picked up and people kept asking for it, so we put it out and the reaction was crazy. For the first song that I put out, for it to have gotten the love that it got, I felt like it was a great starting point to where I wanted to be in music and I was really proud of it.
Sam: What is the sound that you go after and how do you want people to feel when they listen to your music?
Wolf: Sonically, I want them to feel the hip-hop influences, I want them to hear the 808’s, the drums, but also, I’m super into melodies as well. I really want them to relate to the lyrics. The lyrics come first before anything and I want them to be understood and empower the shy girls. Most importantly, I just want people to be able to relate to it in some way or another.
Sam: And since JP is on the zoom, I’d love for you to tell me a bit about him and how its been working with him. I’d love to hear how y’all met. I just love getting the team involved in these interviews as well because they’re a big part of the process too..
*JP in the background* “LET’S GO BABY!!”
Wolf: Oh my gosh. I wouldn’t be here talking with you or literally anyone for that matter if it weren’t for JP. I met him through Jackson since he’s Jackson’s manager also. I remember the first time I met JP. I was super intimidated by him because he is just such a go getter and he knows what the it-factor is and how to take something and turn it into 5 different opportunities. He’s just so smart. He’s a total genius. He’s knocked down so many doors for me. The persistence and passion behind what I’m doing means so much. And for someone like me who has trouble talking to people and being really open, JP has always been there pushing me forward. I would not be here without him oh my god!
Sam: JP, tell me what it was like stumbling on her, listening to the music and then deciding that you wanted to work with her. Give me your perspective.
JP: Well I remember the first time Jackson played me “Ghost”, I think it was at the UMPG building in NY and it was immediately her tone. And then we were in LA and this was when they knocked out a bunch of music. I was there doing other stuff and Jackson was like, “hey do you want to come by and hear what we’re working on?” And I can’t believe she was intimidated by me because I’m like 5’6” on a good day and she’s like 6’. But I go in and I sit on the couch in the Airbnb and they play me the records and as soon as I left, I was like yup, thats it. But the other thing of course is the realization that talent and music is really just a small piece of it. I tell everyone this about her. The hardest working, most humble, ready to get it artist out there is her. She checked off all of the boxes. It was all, yes, yes, yes. It was a really easy decision.
Sam: Let’s take a minute to shift back to you Julia. Tell me about 2020. How was your creative process affected during Quarantine?
Wolf: Yeah, I mean for me, kind of being alone and creating in my bedroom is not a foreign thing to me. That’s kind of where I do everything anyways so that part wasn’t challenging and Jackson lives in LA and I’m in NY so I’m used to that. But I would say, the Quarantine has helped me become very reflective of past moments and allowed me to dig into parts of myself that I haven’t been to in a while. Because I don’t have current experiences to write off of, this next wave of music is all about storytelling and letting people know why I am the way I am and Quarantine definitely helped me through that.
Sam: And then, what are you looking forward to most in 2021? Did you have any goals or intentions that you set for yourself for the New Year?
Wolf: I mean, I only got to perform once before Quarantine started and it was incredible, it was just me and a guitar; but my goal is to really hone in on the live set up because it’s a huge part of what I want to do as far as connecting with people. And obviously an album. I’m just super excited to have a complete body of work that’s completely on brand. I just want people to listen to it and automatically know that it’s me.
Sam: And then tell me about “Hoops” and “High Waist Jeans”, which are two of my favorite songs, tell me about how those came to be.
Wolf: Hoops is blowing my mind right now, because, you put a song out and you let it live for a bit and then you want to keep pushing new content so the fact that its getting a revival is so awesome.
JP: And it got zero editorial support whatsoever. People think that we got New Music Friday off the jump, but it was all our own hustle. After a few weeks, it started hitting the algorithm, but that was just because of our own hustle.
Wolf: And snapchat of all people, showing love was wild. JP told me that they were the ones who found it first and let us know. It just blows my mind. I think it has over 2 million uses on snapchat alone which is crazy. I’m just happy that people hear the first line of that first song and want to sing along with it.
Sam: And as you get more famous and the music keeps building, who are some artists that you would die to collaborate and work with?
Wolf: I mean, I’m going to say it…Jack Harlow. And I’m not just hopping on a trend. I’ve been on the Jack Harlow train for years. I’ve been putting people on to him for a while and I would be at my desk job watching his music videos on the side, but anyways, I love him. It’s just inspiring to see the grind that he’s been on. After that, I’d love to work with Ashnikko, she’s a female rapper and then I’ll always say Drake. I’ve been listening to Take Care on repeat. And I always say this; you only get like 2-3 minute to give your peace and there’s no room for all of these throw away lines and he is just a genius. And then finally, I’d love to work with a SZA as well.
Sam: And finally, what’s some advice that you’d give to a younger you/any young artist who is trying to do what you’re doing now?
Wolf: I would say to myself first, people do actually want to hear what you say. It’s totally in your head that no one cares. I would say, it’s okay to be the shy person and that it’s okay that you’re spending time alone. It’s making you more self sufficient and the only thing that can hold people back is excuses, because there’s always a way to make things work. I have been doing that my whole life, so I know it’s possible. I would just say, keep pushing through all of the obstacles. The patience is so key and worth it if you wait it out.
As you can tell, Wolf is one of the most impressive artists around and anyone who knows her can attest to that fact. I was a blessing getting to talk to her and JP about all of the cool stuff that they have going on! If you want to learn more about her as an artist, make sure to check out the link down below that contains some of her recent songs! Enjoy!