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Interview: 2020 Must-Know - Remi Wolf

Interview: 2020 Must-Know - Remi Wolf

Remi Wolf describes her recent new song 'Woo!' as "fun and cute and sparkly and INTENSE," and when you listen to the infectious track - and watch the equally psychedelic music video - you'll definitely agree.

Having already followed it up with the bouncy 'Photo ID' (a song written while being locked out of her house after a trip to the DMV), Remi shows no signs of slowing down - promising us that her next project is "some funky shit" which is "so fire".

The new music this year follows her debut EP 'You're A Dog' from last year, which established the (former Olympic ski trainee turned) rising artist as one of the most exciting new voices in music.

MUST-LISTEN: 'Woo!', 'Photo ID', 'Doctor', 'Rufufus'.
YOU WILL LIKE, IF YOU LIKE: Benee, E^ST, Jawny, Still Woozy, Omar Apollo… and finally finding your wallet to go buy some Gushers.

COUP DE MAIN: You encouraged people to listen to 'Woo!' while cooking, driving or showering. Are there any other situations you think are perfect for listening to Remi Wolf music?
REMI WOLF: If you wanna turn up and also if you wanna fuck. Or if you wanna have a party with your grandma. It’s all good.  

CDM: Do you have an answer to the question, "Love, where does it go?" since writing 'Woo!'?
REMI: It goes to my ass and tiddies haha.

CDM: What can you tell us about your next project?
REMI: It’s so fire and I’m hyped. Some funky shit.

CDM: How does your songwriting process work?
REMI: Depends on the day, but I usually just start singing and see what comes out. And if I like it, then we will build a track around it. Sometimes I have lyrics beforehand but most of the time I make 'em up on the spot. Melodies just flow out, I don’t really labour those. If it's good, it’s good. If it sucks, it’s trash and then I go to therapy instead.

CDM: Do you write your lyrics specifically for the songs, or do you write poems or prose and then evolve them into song-form?
REMI: Both. If I start writing prose it will quickly develop into a song idea. But a lot of lyrics are written while in the studio as I’m simultaneously producing out the song.

CDM: 'Rufufus' is so fun to listen to, and also really relatable - when you sing, "I don’t wanna fuck this up." Why do you think the more you care about someone, the more fear you feel for losing them?
REMI: Because that’s your best friend bro. There's nothing worse than losing your best friend. Personal connections are a strong, but delicate energy. You need to protect them and treat 'em nice.

CDM: Lyrically, what's your favourite song that you’ve written?
REMI: Probably 'Doctor'. I was really feeling those words that day and they were exactly what I wanted to say. I think I said shit perfectly for myself.

CDM: You're very heartfelt on 'Doctor' when you sing, "I would literally die for you." What do you think the most romantic thing you've ever done for someone is?
REMI: I’m not really romantic, to be honest, but I’ll cook you a fire meal and shut ya down if you start complimenting me too much.

CDM: What do you think is the difference between a good song and a great song?
REMI: Arrangement, strong melodies, and magic.

CDM: In "Thicc' you sing about living in your head all day - do you find that living in your head is helpful when wanting to explore feelings in your songwriting?
REMI: For sure, but it’s also exhausting and dumb. Living in your head is chill for twenty minutes, but after that, I think it can be super destructive to confidence and presence throughout the day. I think having something to say and getting it out quickly is healthier than dwelling.

CDM: At what age did you write your very first song ever, and what was it about?
REMI: I was about fifteen. It was called 'Carousel' and it was about this girl at my school who seemed like she just floated on air and could do anything she wanted. I was super shook by that and wrote a little folky bop.

CDM: What do you hope for people to take away from listening to your music?
REMI: I hope they can take a break from their day and let go and dance and have fun and feel sexy and strong. I want my music to be relatable to everyone, in some way or another.

CDM: If R.E.M.I. W.O.L.F. were an acronym, what would each letter stand for?
REMI: Remi Eats Massive Insane Weird Octopus Legs Forreal.

CDM: What’s on your bucket-list?
REMI: Work on a farm.

+ a bonus guest question from fellow 2020 Must-Know Artist JAWNY: Why do you think Jawny is the best artist, first place, of all time?
REMI: Because he fucks! And he steals all my ideas.

Watch the 'Photo ID' music video below...

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