Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

 

Phillip Wolf

Okinawa, Japan

9/3/91

My childhood experience was being a military kid. We were on the move pretty quick when I was younger going from Japan, Korea and the Philippines, and finally settled in San Antonio. I think the moving around gave my dad the idea to keep us kids always doing extra activity. I did every sport at least once and was always in the arts. It was sometimes a lot to juggle, but really helped me learn what exactly matters to me. It’s also crazy to me how things turned out being a kid. My parents were huge into rock and alternative, a little Motown and stuff, so I learned my entire hip hop from middle and high school, attending in a really urban part of town. I love the diversity it gave me.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

 

I go by my real name, Phillip Wolf. Performing music has been a thing my whole life, but I’d say actively pursuing it would be around 4-5 years. I used to pack a sound system with my dad, myself, and a group of friends would hit downtown San Antonio, wherever they would allow us and just perform for donations. It was a lot of fun man. Nowadays, I did Mala Luna Festival here in San Antonio which really surged my music career forward a lot. Being in the environment of such a big event with artists like Travis Scott, Steve Aoki, G Eazy… It just made me realize that I can do this and reminded me that I absolutely love this shit, and of course, more attention came my way after.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

 

I still struggle to define my genre. I think it’s kind of like a hip-hop/pop hybrid. I used to fight the pop because the crowd I hung around in school was always heavy on gangster rap and that whole Houston wave, which I loved too, but it clearly wasn’t me. So I attribute my genre to finding a happy medium of lyricism and rap from school, and my parents’ style of rock and top 40.

The song for the video is called “Dear Philippines”. I had literally just came back from the Philippines, I even wrote some of the verse on the plane back (chorus came way later). I was honestly so upset I came up with the song after the fact, wanting a more organic concept and just craving visuals actually in the Philippines, so the concept was to capture an essence of the country somehow with what we were given. So here in San Antonio, we chose Canyon Lake, and Steven Jets and I tried our best to make it have that tropical island feel.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

 

I think when it comes to Phillip Wolf, people need to know that I am a hard working guy who is always gonna be the best version of me that I can possibly be. People don’t realize the adversity I’ve been through pursuing this. From being robbed of over a grand, saving for notable production, or just the amount of broken promises and contracts along the journey. I’ve been told I was good enough so many times, that it’s not good enough anymore.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

 

Phillip Wolf is the only member. Francisco Alarcon is the best friend/manager role.

The music producer is Kid Ocean, a really talented producer out of New York. I have a strictly email relationship with him unfortunately, but he’s so talented and is definitely on the rise.

It was just a single videographer out of San Antonio by the name of Steven Jets. Super talented young cat that was just starting at the time and is a clear cut front runner for the SA visuals scene. The song was recorded by Saint, a really dope engineer who helps a lot of top tier from the city, but manages to keep it low key at the same time. The video was shot so organic. We went out on a nice day and let nature take over. It’s crazy because there were actually so many people at the lake that day, but Jets did an outstanding job keeping them out of frame.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

 

I’ve been in it legitimately 4-5 years, Mala Luna Festival 2016 is my largest accomplishment to date, but I’ve done a large Bernie Sanders rally in Lubbock and have a tremendous presence in San Antonio/Austin packing venues like Paper Tiger, 502 Bar, Bat Bar, ScratcHouse, etc. My ultimate goal is to continue branch out in Texas and other markets. I really wanna show my artistry through more visuals and just continue to stay consistent with good music. I wanna take control.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

 

Man singing was always a hobby of mine. Never once thought I was good enough to break out with it. It was just noticing that English and poetry was what I excelled at. I got decent grades, but I was always elite at writing.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

 

A memorable melody, a memorable chorus and real feeling.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

 

I want my fans to know that I’m always gonna give them my all in the most organic way possible. That there are no gimmicks or tricks, just a genuine love for this.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

 

Advice I would give any upcoming artist is to never take discouraging moments to heart. You’re gonna get more ‘no’ than ‘yes’, and that’s OK, you can’t please everyone. Take it all with a grain of salt, but don’t be oblivious to what is being said. Learn and evolve, then move on. Know that this is a dream, but a business.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

 

So far I have 2 mixtapes under my belt, so I’m now releasing a chain of singles on iTunes and Spotify. Eventually I’m going to release my first album which we are shooting for summer of 2018. The content is stacking nicely and I’m excited to get it to the world, but the right way. I do a lot of out of town shows, and I’ve only been on one Kentucky tour sponsored by BeatBox Beverages. I’m still grinding out.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

 

Wavez Movement

Right Beat Radio

Hype Off Life

CopyWrite Magazine

SA Current

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

 

I normally try to mess with melodies and how I want the song to sound. From there I decide on a topic based on the vibe of the beat, then match the melodies I came up with, with lyrics. I like to record with this cat in Austin, Chris Locke (Lit Up AV). He works so fast and gives me the luxury of staying relaxed in the studio so I can be as creative as I want. Marijuana helps also. lol..

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

 

Man that’s a loaded question. If we’re going with now, always Kanye West.

 

Kanye West

Chance the Rapper

Russ

Smino

Travis Scott

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

 

I haven’t sprung for any huge features, but I feel like I’m constantly in close quarters with the top of SA talent. Right now I’ve been heavily involved with a group we kind of just formed and are now known as the Collective. We all stem from different backgrounds and cities, but kind of found each other in Austin. So that’s myself, Tone Royal, Ajax Stacks, Collin Gee, Branden Rex, and D.R.O.I.D. Love these guys.

In the future I really wanna work with Ye, Chance and Pharrell. I even wanna go as far as Paul McCartney and John Mayer, just get all kinds of crazy.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

 

https://phillipwolf.net/press-kit

Twitter/Instagram: @PhillipWolf

https://www.youtube.com/phillipwolf

https://www.facebook.com/phillipwolfmusic

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

 

http://www.midnight-hype.com/brands/Phillip-Wolf.html

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/phillip-wolf/892426007

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

 

My happiest day would have to be making the Mala Luna Festival line up. As an artist you want to make the dream to happen so badly, but you realize the mountain that you have to overcome to make it is a huge one. A milestone like making the line up for what may be the beginning of history for your city was the wake up call I needed to know that this is exactly what I want… what I need. I know I have a long road ahead, but for me, that stage and that crowd was my happiest day.

 

My saddest day is one I don’t talk about often. My family is consisted of independent individuals, so when the news of my brother having a stroke came up, you snap out of your independence. You realize that you crave to have a relationship with people that are a part of you. It made me sad for my brother and how far he’s come, and made me want to work on creating connection with my family.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

 

I would invest in this. I’d start some sort of foundation whether it’s engineering, visuals, etc. I want to make more than millions doing only this.


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