When is a wolf not a wolf? Well, when it’s talented young singer songwriter Jayli Wolf. Hailing from a small town in British Columbia, Canada, and a firm Bandplanet favorite, 2012 saw Wolf standing on the cusp of success. After gaining recognition with her tracks, ‘The Veil’, and ‘I Can’t Remember’, and a selection of gorgeously filmed videos and poetry readings, Wolf has been steadily working towards her first album. With her debut album and a tour already planned for 2013, the coming year looks set to be fantastic for Wolf. The world is her oyster, and we can’t wait to help her break down some borders and barriers!
We spoke with Jayli recently about her passion for music, her other project, Once a Tree, and what gets her out of bed in the morning.
Describe your music or musical philosophy in one sentence.
A fish swims, a bird flies, and a singer sings.
What brought you to music?
I honestly believe it was a higher power leading me towards happiness. Also, my aunt lent me a guitar when I was in grade 10 for about a month, and it was love at first sight.
How does your creative process work?
I like to write when I am alone. I can just open up to inspiration more easily, without any distractions. Sometimes I do search for creativity, but most times I just receive it. Inspiration comes to me in the form of emotion, intrigue, or desire. I also find when I am travelling that inspiration flows through me; the difficulty is finding the time and space on the road to write down the ideas.
What/who are your key musical influences?
Folk music was the genre that initially drew me to playing the guitar and writing songs. It’s the way that folk music often tells a story; I listen very carefully to lyrics and I find them to be just as important as the melody. When I was 17 I went to hear Josh Ritter play live in Idaho, and I became completely mesmerized by him. His music really infused something inside of me. After that concert, I knew that I was going to be a musician.
Who would you really love to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Josh Ritter. But so many others too! Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Angus Stone, Eminem, Lil Wayne, Alicia Keys, and Ben Harper.
What inspires you?
What doesn’t! Truly, I can take inspiration from anything or anyone, if I just put myself out there to receive it.
You have a very strong and defined visual aesthetic – your videos are all gorgeously filmed, and your images are all wonderfully photographed. How much do you do yourself?
Well, first of all thank you! I work with Little Wolf Creative Design, owned by Hayden Wolf. We come up with the ideas for the video together, film it, then edit it all ourselves, just the two of us.
As an independent musician, what are your thoughts on the current state of the music industry?
I think a lot of Indie bands are getting recognized unlike ever before within the media. I think it’s both good and bad. Bad, for the musicians who don’t want to be influenced by main stream genres and themes; they get noticed because of their uniqueness and then they may be offered more money and more fans…. I think it would be tough not to sell out. On the other hand, most musicians want the recognition, and the current state of the industry provides ways for that to be possible.
You’ve just started a new project, Once A Tree. How is it different to what you do as Jayli Wolf?
Once A Tree is the latest collaboration between Hayden Wolf and myself. It’s a project in which we are creating chill, elusive, and abstract songs. It’s the kind of music that starts with a beat and a lyric, whereas Jayli Wolf is me and my guitar. Jayli Wolf represents more who I am, its music that is influenced by folk and life experiences.
Plans for the future?
I plan to come out with my first album and EP in 2013. And then eventually tour the world.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
A strong desire to accomplish as much as I can in one day.
What’s on your current playlist?
Iron & Wine, The Everybodyfields, Lana Del Rey, The Head And The Heart, and The Boom Booms.
In five years’ time I will be…
Touring, making music, and loving life….
Thanks so much for talking to Bandplanet, and all the best for the future!
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