Although Wolfgang Van Halen proved with Mammoth WVH's debut set that he's nothing if not an all-'round virtuoso — he'd Iike to be thought of a songwriter.
In a new chat with Bass Player magazine, he shed light on how he creates, “Through the process, I found out that what I enjoy most is writing songs. I think, most people, if they pick this album up with any preconceived notion of who I am or where I’ve come from, are probably going to expect a lot of guitar solos and shredding on it. What they’ll eventually find out — if they don’t immediately throw it away, after not hearing what they want to hear — is that I’m a songwriter first.”
A few years after picking up the guitar as a kid, Wolfgang gravitated towards bass — a role he'd eventually play in both Van Halen and Tremonti: “Bass I just started jamming for fun, with no intention at all of going anywhere, you know. I made a playlist of Van Halen songs and learned a bunch of them. My dad and I just started jamming on stuff, and we did that for months, just for fun, which is when I really started to get comfortable on the instrument.”