For Karl Wolf, the most important thing about The Export Vol. 1 was that it reflects who he is as an individual and recording artist in equal measure.
The title and title track, Wolf says, are inspired by the journey that took him from his birthplace in war torn Lebanon to his current home in Toronto, Canada. “I left Lebanon when I was three, went to Dubai, then Montreal, and now I live in Toronto so I feel like I don’t belong in any one place. I’ve been an export all my life.”
With The Export Vol. 1 Wolf also showcases his musical journey; from his early work, which relied heavily on his Arabic, Middle Eastern influences to the present. “It seems that with every album I went further from those roots and with The Export, I wanted to go back to that a bit.”
Prolific and driven, Wolf believes that as an individual and an artist: “The more you accomplish, the more you know in your heart that you’re succeeding. Even if you don’t see the results immediately.”
On this, his seventh solo record, Wolf draws from multiple musical genres, creating a signature style – a seamless blend of R&B, soul, dancehall and Arabic infused hip hop – all his own. And while the songs on The Export Vol. 1 are inspired by his unique life experience, they’re the kind of tracks that anyone can relate to intimately on a human level.
Nowhere is that more true than on lead single, ‘Amateur at Love’ – a tune that anyone can see their own life reflected in on the first listen. “With love, it seems I never get it right. Really, in this song, I’m putting my hands up and saying that maybe I’m good at a lot of things, but I’m still an Amateur at Love and admitting that to everyone I’ve had a relationship with. On The Export, I just wanted to be as transparent as possible. That’s the goal.”
‘Amateur at Love’ drops on April 29th 2016 with The Export Vol. 1 scheduled for release by Cordova Bay Records on June 17th.