We’re kicking off the new wave of #IndyPolitikz with Wolf Paradise +. He’s a 24-year old producer from Atlanta, Ga. He describes his sound as being “4/20 friendly. So, the tracks are definitely trippy and chill, but it has that ATL-808 sound that makes you vibe with it.” I recently caught up with WP + to talk Vapor Waves, upcoming releases, inspirations, and more. Check out the interview below.
Wolf Paradise + is a dope name, how’d you come up with it?
“Wolf Paradise + came after the music. I’ve always been an artist that worked with various mediums. Before the music, I was working with my first clothing company, “Virgin WKND” and attending art school. I later dropped out and was looking for a way to promote. [So] I figured since music can reach anyone worldwide, it would be the perfect tool. I started making beats in 2011 and they would all be these chill, Neo-Soul trap beats. I was working with a friend at the time and she had a lot to do with the inspiration for my sound at the time. I wanted a name that reflected things about me and my sound and Wolf Paradise stuck. I later added the (+) symbol to the name to state [that] I’m Wolf Paradise + more.”
What’s the vibe around you like when you start creating? Is there a certain space you like to be in?
“When I begin to work I have to be comfortable. It can be any environment. I usually like to work in the dark, since it helps with the mood. [and] You can really get lost in the sound since I make really euphoric, trippy, meditative music. I must have my healing stones near for energy and my mind must be clear and free to roam.”
Are there any other producers out there that you look up to or would like to work with?
“There are many producers I look up to – as far as – the music I’ve been listening to lately. The producers are FKI, TM88, Southside, Zaytoven, London on da Track, and Sonny Digital. If I could work with one, it would be FKI. They are most similar to my sound and where I wanna go with it.”
Wolf Paradise + dropped a 6-track project titled, Vapor Waves + a few months ago via his SoundCloud and Bandcamp. You can stream and/or buy it here.
What is your favorite track from Vapor Waves?
“The Vapor Waves + project was me taking a slightly different direction than previous releases. I wanted to minimize trap elements and expand on the meditative euphoric sides of my sound. The track “What My Vibe Does” is the best representation of how I see my sound. It’s really chill [and] definitely an uplifting journey that takes the mind all over. It’s perfect for meditation, creative thinking, and smoking sessions. But the bass line is what makes it something you’d play in the car. It knocks as well [and] tkaes you on a journey. Perfect stoner music.”
Take a listen to “What My Vibe Does” below.
And of course, the infamous BSPZ question: What’s the one thing you want listeners to take away from your music?
“I want listeners to feel like they are on a journey every time they hear my music. Nothing’s usually the same. I always have something different going on or changing up. Just like life and the mind itself, you never know what’s going to happen on the trip.”
Before we wrap it up, I’d like to share two more tracks by WP + with you all. I’ll also include what he had to say about them.
“She Go is a track I made about 2 years ago, but it was way before it’s time. I don’t know what I was on that day, but it even surpasses tracks I made this year. It’s a timeless track and a fan favorite. It was made when I first started to tap into my sound.”
“For You To Know It’s Real”
“A personaly track that I made during the final days of my last relationship, which was my longest relationship. Really thought I had the one, but things didn’t pan out over the years and this song was made while I was still living with her. It’s basically me at the end of my rope wondering/asking what I could do to keep things together and let her know we had something real. It has a 90s feel to it / some modern Drake / Ty Dolla $ign type of feel, really emotional but a radio ready track people could enjoy.”
“I don’t currently have any tapes or releases from me personally coming soon, but I do have a lot of collaborative music coming out soon with various artists. My bro DeathspitterQ in Cali just dropped Black Moon 2, a tape I produced 80% of. [and] My bro Cavemanfune out of ATL just dropped his Death Star EP. I got a couple of tracks on that tape. Cali vocalist, Ka’Ra Kersey, and I have some Neo-Soul tracks coming soon as well.”