Wolfgang Van Halen is making sure his father’s legendary 5150 Studios will never go silent.
“Where we’re sitting right now, this is where I’m gonna be recording all the music I will for the rest of my life,” Wolfgang told People. He was speaking from inside the studios his father built in 1983 near his home in the Studio City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. “It’s where my dad, since 1984, has been recording music here. His energy is all throughout this place and I’m excited to continue the legacy of filling this place with music.”
Fourteen songs Wolfgang recorded at 5150 will make up his debut Mammoth WVH album, which drops tomorrow.
“It’s as personal as can be,” said Wolfgang. “Songwriting is a really therapeutic thing for me, so I was working out a lot of stuff with these songs. “Most of my lyrics are written at something or someone. It’s almost like an amalgamation of…You know how you always win arguments in the shower? It’s like that. It’s like anybody who’s ever done me wrong or used me, or lied to me, amalgamate into this one being that I write lyrics at.”
As for what Eddie’s favorite track from the album would be, Wolfgang said it’s “Distance”, a song Wolfgang wrote as a tribute to his dad.
He loved it so much. It was his favorite,” said Wolfgang. “He would always listen to it and be like … I’m sure it’s proud dad talk, but ‘Favorite album of all time.’ Always. It was the only thing he had on his phone.”