There’s something in the air in New York lately and it’s not just smog. Over the past year, a new crop of queer artists have emerged from the labyrinth and doomed subway tunnels to usher in a new creative renaissance and, among this talented crop, singer Warren Wolfe has emerged.
The singer, whose fusion of pop, synth, R&B has turned out a sound straight from the Frank Ocean school of music, has broken out of the pack thanks to tracks like “Stranger” and “Namesake.” Fresh off creating music for Teen Vogue’s anti-gun PSA videos with the Parkland students and ahead of next week’s debut EP Apathy, Wolfe has released his most personal track yet. On “Give In,” the singer’s tendency towards vulnerability takes center stage as he grapples with falling hard into his first queer romance.
We caught up with the singer to talk about overcoming insecurity, anxiety, and living his most colorful and authentic life.
OUT: What was your biggest fear when you started dating the person who inspired this song?
Warren Wolfe: My biggest fear was that I would end up getting hurt. I became used to isolating myself and keeping my distance from other men because before him, I would show my cards too early, or reveal too much about myself that would ultimately get used against me. I'm working on overcoming the insecurity and anxiety I feel when making new connections. I think it's important to be open.
What made you finally “give in” to them?
I trusted him and I trusted myself. I felt more cared for than I ever had before, and I knew that I had to give whatever was unfolding a chance to run its course.
Your personal style has really evolved this year. How does it feel to express yourself more openly?
I grow more comfortable in my own skin every day — it's the best feeling ever. The way I express myself and present myself in my music, whether I'm recording or performing, teaches me something new about my identity and pushes me to live the most colorful and authentic life that I possibly can. I think this aspect of myself was always boiling under the surface and waiting to emerge, but in the past, I didn't have a medium as powerful as music or an environment as supportive as New York to bring it out.
Photography by Kat Kuo