- Patrick Wolf
Infobox musical artist
Name = Patrick Wolf
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Patrick Denis Apps
Born = birth date and age|1983|6|30
Indietronica Folktronica Alternative rock Baroque pop
Years_active = 2002–present
Low Altitude Records Faith & Industry Tomlab
URL = [http://www.patrickwolf.com PatrickWolf.com]
Patrick Wolf (born Patrick Denis Apps on
June 30, 1983) is an English singer-songwriterfrom South London. Wolf plays many instruments including harp, clavinet, harpsichord, guitar, piano, autoharp, kantele, organ, mountain dulcimer, clavichord, harmonium, accordion, theremin, ukulele, violaand violin.
Patrick Wolf was born at
St Thomas' Hospitalin London. [cite web| url=http://www.blogotheque.net/article.php3?id_article=714| title=Patrick Wolf: interview in English| accessdate=2006-04-05] Born into a creative household, Wolf started his musical education with violin lessons and church choirs. He made his first thereminat age eleven, and first began recording songs with his violin, voice, and car boot sale organs on a four-track tape recorderat age twelve. At fourteen, he joined and performed with pop artcollective Minty. Two years later, he left home. During this period, Wolf earned money from buskingin a string quartetand formed a group called Maison Crimineaux, a noisy trio built on destructive ethics around white noiseand pop music. He also continued to write and record his own material. A Maison Crimineaux gig in Paris was attended by electronic maestro Kristian Robinson (aka Capitol K), who would then go on to release Wolf's debut album "Lycanthropy".
Wolf's ongoing writing and recordings brought him to the attention of
Fat Cat Records, who provided him with an Atari computerand a mixing console. During the recording of "Lycanthropy", Wolf studied composition at Trinity College of Musicfor one year. "Lycanthropy" was released in the summer of 2003. He also made some guest appearances as a viola player with Chicks on Speedand The Hidden Cameras. The German-based record label Tomlablater released the album for America and Europe. His second album of 2005, "Wind in the Wires", was released on the same label and likewise met with critical acclaim.
Following the success of "Wind in the Wires", Wolf signed a record deal with Loog in late 2005 and began recording his third album, "
The Magic Position", which featured collaborations with Marianne Faithfulland Edward Larrikinof Larrikin Love. [cite web| url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-tNpyogrSw| title=Patrick Wolf vodcast| accessdate=2007-02-05] The album leaked onto file-sharing networks in its entirety on January 3 2007before its official release on February 26. "The Magic Position" was released in the U.S. on Low Altitude Records on May 1, 2007. Wolf has promoted the album with a concert tour in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. He has stated that he already has enough material for a follow-up album, and has been previewing some of it in his live shows.
In January 2007, the first of six vodcasts was made available on
iTunes. This series of vodcasts includes live performances of old and new material and interviews with Gill Mills. These can currently also be downloaded from the iCast website.
On February 27, 2007, in an interview with "
thelondonpaper", Wolf raised many questions about his sexuality: “In the same way I don’t know if my sixth album is going to be a death-metal record or children’s pop, I don’t know whether I’m destined to live my life with a horse, a woman or a man. It makes life easier.” [cite web |url=http://www.thelondonpaper.com/cs/Satellite/london/music/article/1157145572163?packedargs=suffix%3DArticleController&c |title=The lone Wolf of indie |accessdate=2007-04-08 |last=Mackenzie |first=Malcolm |date= 2007-02-27|work=thelondonpaper] In a July 5, 2007interview with the " Sydney Star Observer", he confirmed his sexuality: "My sexuality is kind of liberal. I fall in love with men and women. I guess you would call me bisexual. I like to have sex and fall in love—I don't like giving terminology for my sexuality." [cite web |url=http://www.ssonet.com.au/display.asp?ArticleID=6728 |title=PUTTING SOME GROWL INTO POP |accessdate=2007-07-22 |last=Burns |first=Sunny |date= 2007-08-17|]
In an interview with the "
NME" in June 2007, Wolf announced that he has begun working on his fourth album, which will be a political record sparked by his reaction to the United Statesduring his recent tour. The record is due for release in 2008. [ [http://www.nme.com/news/patrick-wolf/28745 Patrick Wolf begins work on new album | News | NME.COM ] ]
July 18, 2007, the day after he supported Mika at Somerset Housein London, Wolf posted a MySpacebulletin stating that "Mika is a twat", before following it with another bulletin the next day:
cquote|What I meant was: Please let's put an end to over-marketed, expensive, heartless, tacky rubbish, autotune, airbrush...I demand justice for good music and firebrands whorefuse [sic] to compromise to be popular.
Wolf recently headlined at the first
Underage Festivalin Victoria Park, East Londonon 10th August 2007 alongside such acts as The Pigeon Detectives, Young Knivesand Cajun Dance Party.
Wolf, along with
The Paddingtons, Edward Larrikin, and The View, is featured in a series of photographs by Mario Testinoas a part of a campaign for Burberryin August 2007. [ [http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/news/43893-patrick-wolf-models-for-burberry Pitchfork: Patrick Wolf Models for Burberry ] ]
Wolf appeared as a guest on
BBC Two's " Never Mind the Buzzcocks" on 13 December, 2007and on 28 August, 2008.
Wolf is currently planning to release a DVD shot and directed by photographer Brantley Gutierrez in the coming year, first to be shown on a Virgin channel and then released on DVD.
* 2003: "Lycanthropy" (
Faith and Industry/ Tomlab)
* 2005: "
Wind in the Wires" ( Tomlab)
* 2007: "
The Magic Position" ( Loog Records)
* 2009: TBA (Double Album) (
Compilations and collaborations
*"Army of Me [army Of klaus remix] " at "", album of remixes and covers of the song "
Army of Me" by Björk
*Collaborated with Bishi for her album "Nights at the Circus"
* The track "Careless Talk" from the soundtrack to the film "
The Edge of Love"
* [http://www.patrickwolf.com Official site]
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