Masked Wolf has one of many greatest songs of the 12 months with “Astronaut within the Ocean,” and when you assume you haven’t heard it but, you may have. Regardless of being launched in 2019, the track turned an enormous sleeper-hit earlier this 12 months because of TikTok and web virality as a complete. With a popping remix of the observe, that includes G-Eazy and DDG, out now and a venture on the best way, the 30-year-old Australian native goes nowhere however up from right here.
With so little identified about him, it appears like he got here out of skinny air with one of many hottest songs of the 12 months, however Masked Wolf isn’t any in a single day success story. In reality, he’s been grinding for over a decade. On the most recent episode of the Rockstar Expertise podcast, we requested how he’s been with all his newfound success and the adjustments “Astronaut within the Ocean” has delivered to his life.
“[Doing] good man. I’m nonetheless a bit overwhelmed by all of it. As a result of I used to be that artist that grinded for over a decade. Making an attempt to make it within the scene in Australia, after which all the sudden one track adjustments your life, you understand? It’s simply loopy,” he defined.
With such a well-crafted and well-received hit underneath his belt, we discovered it vital to discover Masked Wolf’s begin as a rapper.
“So what made you wish to begin rapping? Are you able to inform us about your beginnings?” we requested.
“I by no means mentioned that ‘I wish to be a rapper,’ like that’s not the way it began. It was extra like I simply wrote poems. I used to be into poetry and ballads and stuff like that and it simply eventuated to me discovering hip-hop. Or American hip-hop discovered me. I acquired like slapped within the face with Eminem, Kanye, G-Unit. I used to be an enormous G-Unit fan after I was younger,” he mentioned.
Masked Wolf didn’t at all times have the distinct sound you hear on “Astronaut within the Ocean” and even the stage title Masked Wolf. Throughout our convo, he informed us extra about how his sound modified over time and even the best way he wished to push himself as an artist.
“After I began writing songs and stuff, I really began spiritual rapping after I was like 15-16 after which, I wouldn’t say I grew out of it, but it surely was like, if I wish to be identified by a number of nations or only a broader space, I’m gonna have to love to try to make songs that may relate to everybody,” he defined.
“So I’m nonetheless spiritual right here and there but it surely’s like, clearly what I make has that means to it, and there’s a message. And yeah, that’s how it began.”
One of the vital distinctive and weird issues about Masked Wolf and his breakout track is that he launched it 2 years in the past and it didn’t get to its huge stage of recognition and even blow up till earlier this 12 months. “So, how does that really feel? The delayed gratification of that,” we inquired.
“I imply, It’s what it’s. I feel COVID was a small catalyst for it as a result of it put folks in shittier states mentally, being in lockdown. Nobody’s used to being trapped in the home for a very long time and also you begin getting depressed or down. And like, ‘Is that this for actual? Is that this life?’ And then you definately discover that track [Astronaut in the Ocean] and also you’re like ‘What the hell?’” He elaborated.
“And then you definately discover out what it’s about and also you’re like, ‘Holy shit, that’s how I’m feeling.’ The 2-year factor, I’ve at all times mentioned, ‘it’s what it’s.’ Like, the track doesn’t should blow up immediately.”
With a track blowing up so shortly because it did, one can solely think about simply how briskly the breakout artist’s life can change in only a matter of months. After over a decade of grinding at his craft, this sort of success is one thing few artists ever obtain.
“How has your life modified? How does it really feel?” he was requested.
“It’s simply good to not work to be sincere. Like, as in a 9-to-5. I labored full-time for 11 years. So, that took a toll on me. It’s only a level the place I used to be utterly over that as a result of I wished to do music so unhealthy,” he mentioned.
Throughout our speak with Masked Wolf, he spoke to us about some upcoming music he has and the artists he nonetheless desires to work with.
Though we targeted closely on his monumental hit, we weren’t remiss in asking what different musical aspirations Wolf holds. He knowledgeable us about his latest report “Gravity Glidin” and the way it took place.
“It’s principally simply my ode to Astro[naut in the ocean]. Lots of people have mentioned it’s ‘Astro 2.0’, but it surely’s extra hip-hop, it’s extra Joyner Lucas. It’s extra like ‘Rap Caviar’ in your face, hardcore rap,” he defined. “It’s simply principally about, I imply, Gravity Glidin. It’s like me saying, ‘I’ve now made it to area.’ I’m chilling and gliding via. I’m the place I’m purported to be and it’s type of just like the because of ‘Astro.’ Like ‘Astro’ put me there.”
Make sure you stream Masked Wolf’s new single, “Gravity Glidin,” on all streaming providers and to comply with him on all social media to maintain up with him and his newest releases.
Take a look at our complete convo with Masked Wolf on the latest episode of The Rockstar Expertise, out now on all platforms!
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