Oscar & the Wolf is the alter ego, cause celebre and raison d’etre of Max Colombie.
Mixing whistful, stark, electropop with alt r&b, this artist is redefining the pop genre, alongside peers such as James Blake, How to Dress Well and Active Child.
Debut album ‘Entity’ was released at the end of 2014 on PIAS to great aclaim, battling it out with Coldplay and Stromae at the business end of the Top 5, creating a sensation across various media, attracting the attention of none other than Mario Testino and the European style press.
‘Princes’, the video for which you can view below, was written in Brussels and recorded in London. It was produced by Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, David Byrne, Jon Hopkins et al) and performed throughout Europe, including at the Belgian festival Pukklepop. As Colombie says himself, “the track is the name I had for myself and the boys in my live band”, and has proven to be something of a phenomenon that has seen Europe embrace the band.
Oscar & the Wolf will perform live at Dot to Dot Festival 2015. Read an exclusive interview below.
How would you describe your sound?
I’d describe it as under water music
Who did you grow up listening to?
What influences you, other than music?
I get a lot of influences from film and Flemish Masters in the Renaissance
What new music are you listening to at the moment?
Not really listening to a lot of new music lately, I’m very into Chopin at the moment.
Do you associate with any subcultures, or did you ever, growing up?
When I was growing up I tried to be a skater, but that didn’t work out.
What's been the best show you've played recently and why?
I had a great time at that Where The Wild Things festival in The Netherlands. Was a good show, people were dancing, great fun.
Who is your biggest style Icon?
What's next for the Oscar & the Wolf?
Making a new album, playing more shows.
If you could have any artist cover you, dead or alive who would it be?
Lana Del Rey