INTERVIEW: Torii Wolf

Hi Torii, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! I have been good

feeling like I am inside of a terrarium

house full of plants and animals

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Summon”? 

This song explores the fine line between our dream world and our waking life (hypnagogia).

Once we surrender to what we think should be

we are called upon by the universe to unfold and flow

like water

A glimpse into the internal battle of trying to control our  environment and staying open to our destiny

We are being summoned here to have this human experience

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I created this tune in solitude

during Covid 19 quarantine

I built my home studio to immortalize these feelings and sounds while sheltering in place.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

The filming process was very cool. I had a vision of how I wanted to build a cardboard TV like I used to do when I was younger with my dad. To emulate the drifting off thru states of consciousness feeling unaware that they had fallen asleep. I am very inspired by Michel Gondry’s work. I love mixed mediums. I’m hoping it gives an expansive feel to the viewer’s imagination.

My partner Kayko Tamaki is the director I work closely with on a lot of my visuals. Kayko has a very intimate way of capturing the moment – making you feel as a viewer like you are there. Its personal, authentic, and raw – which aligns with my style of music. Kayko’s ability to bring this video to life was beautiful, and I look forward to sharing more of what we have been working on with the world!

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording experience was very experimental for me.  “Summon” was the first song I had ever done on my own in my home studio .  It felt really good. I then sent the track over to Rumori, who is a brilliant composer/cellist. Rumori’s part on the record made the song feel complete.  My writing usually flows through me whenever it feels like it. I have to be attuned and ready for the source to come through.  I feel a lot like a trumpet and the breath is the source.  A spirit trumpet. 

How did the whole pandemic  influence your writing?

This pandemic has influenced my writing in beautiful ways

I was born early and had been in an incubator for the first few weeks of my life here. This quarantine feels natural and familiar and comforting to me.  As an HSP I prefer to be quite isolated

Especially in the creative portal

Of course the pandemic feels terrible but the lifestyle shift here in L.A. has been a much-needed change of pace.

What role does L.A. play in your music?

I work with a lot of very talented and passionate people here in Los Angeles.  I have found such a wonderful community of folks here in the music industry. I still work with people all over the world but Los Angeles is a nice base.  I don’t really feel like I live anywhere. Or maybe I feel like I live everywhere. Omnipresence. 

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I have continued to write and create a lot of new material that I am very excited to share with the world – YES.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I have a full-length album that I created a little bit before the quarantine in Norway with some world class musicians. The group is called GunderZheng. We are set to release this full length album before this year’s end!

It is called Night Bloom

Until then I will keep creating and releasing songs that come through.

Any plans to hit the road?

Speaking of Norway ! I had a full tour planned for spring of 2020, but unfortunately due to the pandemic, it has all been postponed for now
however!

I have been doing livestream concerts

and I will be releasing them to my VEVO channel soon, as well!!

The most recent concert was on the rooftop on my home here in Los Angeles! That was really fun and very hot.

What else is happening next in Torii Wolf’s world?

Right now I am making art and selling to anyone who might want an original piece.  Donating all proceeds to support  black trans lives. I am also releasing a lot of music from the past, present, and future. Full force ahead! Another thing I am excited about is being a songwriting coach at Rock and Roll Camp for Girls. This will be my 8th year. There is such an unparalleled joy in creating music with little rockers!

WATCH “SUMMON” VIDEO

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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