Many people have taken the COVID-19 lockdown as a time to reflect, start a new business or cultivate a new hobby, and musician Karl Wolf was no different.
Wolf, best known for his rendition of Toto’s “Africa,” has steered his career in a whole new direction during the pandemic. He recently sat down for a chat with uInterview’s Erik Meers to discuss his recent nod to JUNOs, how he decided to join TikTok, and his new style of music.
“I haven’t been nominated for 11 years,” Wolf said in his exclusive uInterview. “This is my fourth JUNO nomination. The industry hasn’t recognized me that way for a long time. I also switched genres from pop and R&B to dance music. I’m very happy that they recognized me for that.
The DJ shared how confinement allowed him to break from his routine and how the isolation and lack of gigs led him to seek interaction with his fans in a different way.
“Before the pandemic, we averaged about 156 gigs a year, whether it was events or gigs. This has been consistent over the past 10 to 12 years. Then the pandemic hit. Nothing, there was nothing, obviously,” he said. “I didn’t like the virtual concert thing. I felt like you couldn’t hear the quality properly, you weren’t interacting with the fans, there’s a delay… It’s so ugly. I said you know what, ‘Let’s go to other platforms and show people how I make and produce my music because a lot of fans don’t even know that I produce my own records. Many artists have producers, mixers and mastering. I literally do everything in-house. I thought, why not show them through an educational platform. TikTok exploded. I went viral with this. I have been consistent ever since. Everything I’ve produced live for TikTok, we’ve all put it on Spotify and monetize it.
The DJ’s new music is different from what fans are used to hearing from him.
“It’s a mix of deep house, future house, slap house and some pop feelings in there. It’s just a bunch of energy,” Wolf said. “It was a total mistake that I got into dance music, to be honest. I was just messing around and I was like, ‘Okay, let me try a hip hop song, let- me try an R&B song, let me try a dance record, let’s say 122 BPM.’ It’s not like I’m a dance music connoisseur I’ve never been to festivals but I’m a musician and I’ve heard the kind of kicks and snare drums and bass lines that they use and I was just trying it out.
Listen to Wolf’s new song “Getaway” on all streaming services now.
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