Patrick Wolf

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Patrick Wolf
Background information
Birth namePatrick Denis Apps
Born(1983-06-30) 30 June 1983 (age 29)
GenresIndietronica
Folktronica
Alternative rock
Baroque pop
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
Years active2002–present
LabelsLow Altitude Records
Faith & Industry
Tomlab
Loog
Bloody Chamber Music
Mercury Records
WebsitePatrickWolf.com
 
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Patrick Wolf
Background information
Birth namePatrick Denis Apps
Born(1983-06-30) 30 June 1983 (age 29)
GenresIndietronica
Folktronica
Alternative rock
Baroque pop
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
Years active2002–present
LabelsLow Altitude Records
Faith & Industry
Tomlab
Loog
Bloody Chamber Music
Mercury Records
WebsitePatrickWolf.com

Patrick Wolf (born Patrick Denis Apps on 30 June 1983) is an English singer-songwriter from South London. Patrick utilises a wide variety of instruments in his music, most commonly the ukulele, piano and viola. He is known for combining electronic sampling with classical instruments and his loyal fanbase, the Wolfpack. Wolf's styles range from romantic folk to techno-pop.

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Biography

Patrick Wolf was born in St Thomas' Hospital,[1] South London,[2][3] into a creative family. He started his musical education with piano lessons but soon grew bored and progressed onto violin lessons and church choirs and made his first theremin at age eleven, and first began recording songs with his violin, voice, and car boot sale organs on a four-track tape recorder at age twelve. At fourteen, he joined and performed with pop art collective Minty. Two years later, he dropped his music A-Levels, which he was studying at Davies Laing and Dick Sixth Form College which was then in Notting Hill Gate (now in Marylebone), and left home. During this period, as well as working in Super Lovers clothing store in Covent Garden, Wolf earned money from busking in a string quartet and formed a group called 'Maison Crimineaux', a noisy trio built on destructive ethics around white noise and 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.

Lycanthropy and Wind in the Wires

Wolf's ongoing writing and recordings brought him to the attention of Fat Cat Records, who provided him with an Atari computer and a mixing console. During the recording of Lycanthropy, Wolf studied composition at Trinity College of Music for one year. Lycanthropy was released in the summer of 2003. He also made some guest appearances as a viola player with Chicks on Speed, Arcade Fire, Owen Pallett, CocoRosie and The Hidden Cameras. The Germany-based Tomlab later released the album in America and Europe. His second album of 2005, Wind in the Wires, which was inspired by Patrick's Cornish and Irish roots, was released on the same label and likewise met with critical acclaim. The single Tristan, based on the Cornish legend, Tristram of Lyonesse, received significant attention from critics and remains a fan favourite.

The Magic Position

Following the success of Wind in the Wires, Wolf signed a record deal with Loog in 2005 and began recording his third album, The Magic Position, which featured collaborations with Marianne Faithfull and Edward Larrikin of Larrikin Love.[4] Its official release on 26 February met with critical acclaim, and gained a degree of commercial success due to the relative accessibility compared to his previous works.[citation needed] The Magic Position was released in the United States on Low Altitude Records on 1 May 2007.[5] A concept album on the theme of love, the majority of the album was written after the end of a long term intimate relationship. In January 2007, the first of six vodcasts was made available on iTunes. The series included live performances of old and new material and interviews. Wolf promoted the album with a concert tour in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia, culminating in two sold out nights at London's Shepherds Bush Empire. Both of these shows, which were shot and directed by photographer Brantley Gutierrez, are in development to be shown on a Virgin channel and then released on DVD.

The Bachelor and Lupercalia

Wolf began work on his next album, initially titled Battle, immediately after The Magic Position tour ended. The album was originally conceived as a political album. The focus then shifted to the depression experienced by Wolf during the tour. However, before entering the studio, he fell in love, changing the direction of the album again, and eventually providing enough material for two releases. Wolf parted ways with Universal Records, and on 10 December 2008 announced to NME his plan to sell £10 shares of the album on bandstocks.com: "Basically, you can invest in the finishing of the album and the production of it, and you get a share in the album. So you almost become part of the record company, like a co-owner of the album."[6] On 12 February 2009, Wolf announced that the two discs would be titled The Bachelor and The Conqueror (although the latter album title has subsequently been changed). The Bachelor's first single, "Vulture", was released on 2 April 2009, on vinyl and digital download. The B-sides include new song, "The Tinderbox", and remixes of the title track.

The Bachelor was released on 1 June 2009, while the second single from the album, "Hard Times", was released on 6 July 2009. The third and final single, "Damaris", was released on 14 December 2009.[7]

In April 2010 it was announced that Wolf had signed a record deal with Hideout, a subsidiary of Mercury Records, who will release his fifth album, Lupercalia. The final title was announced via Twitter on 23 December 2010.[8]

On the 4 November 2010, Wolf announced that the first single from Lupercalia was to be "Time of My Life" and the song was uploaded onto YouTube. Of the song, Wolf said: "'Time of My Life' is a song that I began writing at the end of a relationship in 2006 and then finished three years later during a temporary break-up in my current relationship. The new album has a direct narrative about love and optimism surviving through adversity and recession. I wanted to celebrate the love and hope I have found in the last few years." The song was released on 6 December 2010. He also announced that Lupercalia would be released in May 2011.

On 10 January 2011, Wolf announced on his official Twitter account that the second single from the album, "The City", would be released on 14 March 2011.[dated info][9][10]

On 6 April 2011, Wolf released Lupercalia 20 June 2011 worldwide (excluding USA, where it was released 28 June 2011).[11] In the same month, Wolf was featured on the cover of national UK publication Notion), which included an interview conducted by writer Alex Lee Thomson, clothes by James Long, and photos by James Moriarty.

Sundark and Riverlight

On 18 May 2012 Wolf announced that he was working on his next album, to be released later in the year: "I'm going back to the studio and recording my jubilee record... The album will be totally, totally, totally stripped down. It's time for me to be retrospective about the last ten years before I move onto the next ten. I'm 28 and I think it's quite fun to sing the songs you wrote as a teenager." [12]

It was announced on 9 August that his next release would be a double album entitled Sundark and Riverlight, celebrating Wolf's 10 years as a recording artist. The album will feature acoustic re-recordings of songs from throughout his career, as well as previously unheard tracks. It will be released on 25 September.[13] The title song, a remake of Overture originally from the album The Magic Position, was released on Youtube and then on iTunes on the 7th of September.

Personal life

Wolf reflects that as a teenager, he was bullied at school for his perceived eccentricity and effeminacy. At the time, he was unsure whether he was gay or bisexual. Mentors at school treated him with disdain when he came to them for support on the issue. The bullying problem was only rectified after his mother changed schools. Wolf comments, "With gay or bi people, I think education still wonders if it's a nature-versus-nurture thing. If you were black, they'd know they couldn't change you, and racist bullying would never be condoned, but if someone is quite feminine or knows they might be gay at 13, they think they can change you with a bit of rugby."[14]

On 27 February 2007, in an interview with thelondonpaper, Wolf raised 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."[15] In a 5 July 2007 interview 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."[16][17][18] Later, in 2009, Wolf told The Guardian that though in the past he has had relationships with women, he currently identifies himself as gay. As an artist, Wolf reflects that he doesn't like to worry about whether he makes a record "too gay or too straight or too this or too that."[14]

In September 2008, Wolf claimed that he was beaten up by security guards for kissing his boyfriend at a Madonna concert in London. Wolf told Electroqueer: "We were beaten up outside Wembley [Stadium], handcuffed. [...] The police came and it just went on and on and on. My man's face covered in blood. [...] They totally twisted my arm and my legs - it was just mad. They are currently researching the CCTV - it just really nuts. [— sic] We basically got beaten up by the police."[19][20]

On 31 December 2010, Patrick Wolf announced via Twitter that he was set to enter a civil partnership with his boyfriend William Pollock.[21] He confirmed in an interview at Bestival 2011 that this will take place in summer 2012 due to touring commitments.

Modeling

Wolf, along with The Paddingtons, Edward Larrikin, and The View, was featured in a series of photographs by Mario Testino as a part of a campaign for Burberry in August 2007.[22]

Wolf has also worked with a variety of designers at London Fashion Week 2009.

Discography

References

  1. ^ Grier, Amy (15 May 2009). "My London: Patrick Wolf". London Evening Standard. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/lifestyle/article-23692625-my-london-patrick-wolf.do. 
  2. ^ "Patrick Wolf". NME. http://www.nme.com/artists/patrick-wolf. 
  3. ^ "Patrick Wolf Biography, Discography, Ringtones, Video". Star. http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Wolf,_Patrick/index.html. 
  4. ^ "Patrick Wolf vodcast". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-tNpyogrSw. Retrieved 5 February 2007. 
  5. ^ 'The Amorphous Patrick Wolf' Exclaim.ca
  6. ^ "Patrick Wolf Talks New Album". idiomag. 18 February 2009. http://www.idiomag.com/peek/65459/patrick_wolf. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "New details about Patrick Wolf's Battle emerge". http://www.kwamecorp.com/bandstocksnews/2009/02/changes-made-to-patrick-wolfs.html. 
  8. ^ http://twitter.com/#!/_PATRICK_WOLF/status/17861924951687168
  9. ^ "Patrick Wolf: Patrick Wolf to tour Russia". Universal Music. http://zaphod.uk.vvhp.net/consumer/viewemailcontent.pl?con=9914521&cmp=5599&act=156987&sec=acd4a64163f8&webversionpage=1. 
  10. ^ "Patrick Wolf Official Twitter". http://twitter.com/#!/_PATRICK_WOLF/status/24478360063184897. 
  11. ^ "Gigography, Gallery, Lyrics, Discography, Wolf TV". Patrick Wolf. http://www.patrickwolf.com/. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
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  13. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/patrick-wolf/65426?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=twitter-patrickwolfdoublealbum
  14. ^ a b Sawyer, Miranda (19 April 2009). "The interview: Patrick Wolf". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/apr/19/patrick-wolf-interview. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  15. ^ Mackenzie, Malcolm (27 February 2007). "The lone Wolf of indie". thelondonpaper. http://www.thelondonpaper.com/cs/Satellite/london/music/article/1157145572163?packedargs=suffix%3DArticleController&c. Retrieved 8 April 2007. 
  16. ^ Michaels, Sean (2 October 2008). "Patrick Wolf to return with double album". guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/sep/02/patrick.wolf.double.album. 
  17. ^ Burns, Sunny (17 August 2007). "PUTTING SOME GROWL INTO POP". Sydney Star Observer. Archived from the original on 2008-02-12. http://web.archive.org/web/20080212070446/http://www.ssonet.com.au/display.asp?ArticleID=6728. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  18. ^ http://twitter.com/#!/_PATRICK_WOLF/status/21056054938836993
  19. ^ "EQ Interview with Patrick Wolf Part 2: "They just didn't like the fact that I was in hot pants and a sequined hoodie and having a good time."". Electroqueer. 23 December 2008. http://zxlcreative.blogs.com/electroqueer/2008/12/eq-interview-with-patrick-wolf-part-2-they-just-didnt-like-the-fact-that-i-was-in-hot-pants-and-a-se.html. Retrieved 2012-02-02. 
  20. ^ "Wolf 'beaten up at gig'". Planet Sound News (Teletext Ltd.). 8 January 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. http://web.archive.org/web/20090528221348/http://www.teletext.co.uk/planetsound/news/cf2728991991cbf94a095b52ce10d6ad/Wolf+%27beaten+up+at+gig%27.aspx. 
  21. ^ "Patrick Wolf's Twitter". 1 January 2011. http://twitter.com/#!/_PATRICK_WOLF/status/21056054938836993. 
  22. ^ Coulson, Clare (15 June 2007). "Check out Burberry's new talent". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1554574/Check-out-Burberrys-new-talent.html. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 

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