Wolfgang Van Halen, son of late guitar hero Eddie Van Halen, has been nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award. The debut single “Distance” from Mammoth WVH, the band Wolfgang led, is nominated in the Best Rock Song category.
Now Wolfgang says the nomination has brought new inspiration to write music after a fruitless year.
“I found myself in a creative rut ever since the pandemic and Pop. Like early on in the pandemic, like March, April, I was like, ‘Ooh, I’m gonna write so much.’ And I think I wrote about five ideas that I was happy with. And then just stopped. And then just depression took over, and then it became the worst year of my life”, Wolfgang told Spin and continues:
“Honestly, in a really funny way, inspiration sort of came back after the Grammy nomination. When I got nominated, I was just like, ‘That’s a huge thing of respect that it’s a rock song and it’s for my songwriting.’ So it gave me a little kick in my step. I’ve actually been writing a bit more and have come up with a couple of ideas. Elvis [Mike Baskette, producer] is coming up here this month so that hopefully next year, whenever we can carve out some time, we can get the train rolling on Mammoth Two.”
Mammoth WVH released it’s debut album earlier this year.