Interview with DEWOLFF

The Dutch psychedelic trio DEWOLFF will release their new album “Thrust” on May 4th.

RAW RAMP described the album as, “zap, boogie and squelch…

We spoke to singer & guitarist Pablo van de Poel about making the album and the vintage rock sound:

Tell us about how you recreate the English vintage rock sound. Is authenticity of vital importance?

We grew up with all this music, new and a lot of old music, that has become part of our DNA… Photo Credit: Sven Signe den Hartog

“Our primary goal is not to recreate the English, or for that matter any vintage rock sound. Yes, we are very inspired by music from the 60’s and 70’s but authenticity is always vitally important when you make music. Otherwise it’s just a copy of something that was already there.”

“We grew up with all this music, new and a lot of old music, that has become part of our DNA. When the three of us play together, DeWolff is just what happens, this is how we play. We’re not interested in making music that sounds just like music from the 60’s. We’re only interested in playing stuff that makes the hair on our necks stand up.”

You went to the USA to record your vintage American “Grand Southern Electric” in 2014 — So where does “Thrust” sit? Is the new album somewhere between English vintage and American vintage? Or are you creating an authentic DeWolff variant of both these styles — perhaps an amalgam?

“Yes, Grand Southern Electric definitely sounds very vintage and American. We’re very inspired by American music like the Band and Leon Russell to the Black Crowes and the Black Keys, so that explains the American part. That it sounds so vintage is because it was recorded by producer Mark Neill who has a studio that is filled with 50’s and 60’s gear. He has made it his life’s work to record everything just like they did it back in the early 1960s.”

“For THRUST we wanted to take what we do, which has always been associated with 60’s 70’s music, to the 21st century. The lyrics are about stuff that’s happening now, in 2018. The songs aren’t written from some retro perspective, we only followed our own musical instincts. And the sound of the record, we wanted to make it sound as explosive and juicy as possible. We do use recording techniques that were used back in the days. We just go for what sounds best and to our ears that’s tape and analog gear. So we recorded the record all analog, by ourselves. We did mix this record digitally though.”

Photo Credit: Satellite June

You once played Pinkpop (was this in your hometown?) What other great festivals have you enjoyed playing? 

“Pinkpop used to be in our hometown, until around 1990 or so and then it moved to a place nearby. We had the pleasure to play some awesome festivals like Lowlands, Sziget in Hungary and here in Holland we also have some big festivals like Paaspop and Zwarte Cross that we played about twenty million times…”

Does your music work best in an intimate place or in a large open space?

“We really like the variety. When we’re playing a big festival it feels so awesome to play in front of so many people. Also, the sheer volume and power just makes my adrenaline pump. But then after a festival season I really like the more intimate setting of a club. There’s more freedom to experiment, and more space for dynamics. “

How does the Dutch Limburg dialect work in song and lyrics? What are the obstacles (if any) of performing in Limburgish and why choose to record in English?

“Haha, it’s a terrible language for music. We have a traditional holiday in the south, called Carnaval. Just look it up, Limburgs Carnaval. And that’s where you’ll hear typical Limburgish music. It’s much like German Schlager music, and the Limburgish dialect also sounds much like German actually. We sing in English because it’s a beautiful language and, well, it’s the language of rock ‘n roll…”

What are the positive and negative aspects of being a fraternal i.e. brother + brother band? How much do you argue? What do you quarrel about?

“I can only see the positive side! We’re really on the same wavelength when it comes to music, but also other things in life. Luka and I get a long very well, he’s one of my best friends. Of course we can argue sometimes, but not more than normal. When we do quarrel it’s mostly about music, a performance that didn’t go well maybe. We can be extremely perfectionist and when we’re working on something together for a lot of hours it can drive us a little nuts. But not more than normal …”

We think your 2018 sound is a mixture of rock and blues, but would it be fair if we place it in the genre of psych/stoner, do you think?

“Hmm, I don’t know. Everyone who listens to our music interprets it in a different way. Probably because our music is a lot of different things. Some people compare us to Deep Purple and other people compare us to the Eagles. Well, they’re both bands from the 60’s/70’s but just think about how completely different these bands are! I think these references just help people to understand or explain to other people what some band is about. I do it myself; I’d say “check out this band, it sounds a little like this or that“. DeWolff perfectly fits on a psych/stoner festival, we play these festivals quite often and people really dig it so I think our music and psych/stoner definitely have common grounds.

If you went back in time, and you were going to make a wonderful road trip down the Highway 1 in Big Sur, California, during the summer of 1965, who would you take with you in the car? [Kerouac is a given]

“Lowell George. I would love to get to know this musical and soulful genius, his stories, his inspiration and just his being.”

Thank you DeWolff. And congratulations on making such an amazing sounding album.

DeWolff were talking to @neilmach 2018 ©


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