Los Angeles-based band Wolf Prize are no strangers to androgynous fashion and although they come together to make harmonious music, their individual styles are distinctly unique, each falling into its own position on the androgynous spectrum. The members of Wolf Prize—Tori, Amber, and Marisa—look as effortlessly cool as their music sounds and were kind enough to give us insight into their singular approaches to reflecting their insides on the outside.
GG: What/who influences your style?
AE: I find myself influenced by what makes me happy. I like having secrets embedded in my clothes. Maybe there's a hole in my stockings I got during an adventure months ago, or there's a concert ticket from four years ago in the pocket of my bag, or a rock in my shoe from a particularly perfect day. Those little things crystallize my memories and serve as reminders for this kookoo amazing life I've been living. They feel like armor under a Mona Lisa smile. The secrets: they keep me safe; they keep me happy.
TR: It is hard to pinpoint. I find myself maybe somewhere between Tim Burton and Sinatra.
GG: What is your method or thought process when choosing something to wear on stage? Do you have a go-to outfit?
AE: It's usually some sort of black dress with something that's slightly odd. Futuristic sculpted shoulders; planets embroidered; a curious silhouette. I like things that are sexy and a little off-putting at the same time. That feels like me.
TR: I need to feel comfortable first and foremost. Usually that means something androgynous and black.
MD: I usually go for jeans and a t-shirt, maybe some boots. I like to be comfortable on stage and feel like myself.
GG: How has your style evolved over the course of your music career?
AE: I once wore a long sleeve-silk-rainbow-cheetah-print maxi dress with a slit at a show. I was going for "Sexy Mrs. Roper." Once I saw the pictures of us on stage I realized that I didn't match our vibe. I don't wear things like that for shows anymore.
TR: My hairstyle has changed the most. In the very beginning of my music life, I had extra-long dreadlocks. I feel like maybe a hairstyle shows a lot about a person, similar to looking in someone’s bag. How you do anything is how you do everything. I like the contrast between hair that does whatever it wants to and nice clothing.
MD: It’s stayed pretty consistent.
GG: Who’s your style icon? Do you have a celebrity style crush?
AE: Debbie Harry, Siouxsie Sue, Grace Jones. More currently speaking, I like what Sarah Barthel has going on: black, sculptured, futuristic.
TR: I don't know that I really have only one and maybe it has more to do with how I feel on the insides—darks/lights, feathers, buttons, neckwear, maybe Johnny Depp.
MD: I couldn’t name anyone off the top of my head, but I definitely appreciate understated looks with clean lines.
GG: If you had to name your style, what would you call it? (Rockstar chic? Homeless hipster? Urban lumberjack? Etc.)
AE: Funeral Lisa Turtle.
TR: I feel like it changes. Maybe I’d call it “weekender” or “John Bender.”
MD: Maybe a combination of all those things.
GG: Do you have a favorite designer/brand/store?
AE: Booker NYC kills the leather jacket game—I'm saving up for one of those. I also can't stay away from any tailored 80's fitted blazers. My favorite store is, hands down, 10 Foot by Stella in Williamsburg.
TR: I love nice things. I also love a good, thrifty find. Anything darker; earthy tones. I’ve recently gotten brave with brown a bit. I don’t have a favorite designer in particular—my girlfriend helps me. I often find that when I shop I go to the Men's section.
MD: I don’t gravitate towards any particular brand, but I’m a fan of any label making basics that outlast the latest fad.
GG: A great way to brand your look is to have one or two accessories or pieces of jewelry that you wear every day. What is your signature piece that you always wear?
AE: Everything shifts; nothing stays the same, except for maybe diamonds until I lose them to the sea.
TR: I usually wear my hat and my feathers around my neck—they feel good. I’ve been trying to break away from wearing my hat all of the time so I can take advantage of my youthful head of hair.
GG: What is a piece of advice that you can share with our readers/customers about how you go about putting an outfit together?
AE: Your outfit should make you feel like you can't lose, like you can't have a bad day in those clothes. Life is not a dress rehearsal; put in the effort. It's worth it.
TR: I would say to be yourself as much as you know of yourself so far. Someone once told me that it’s none of our business what anyone thinks of us—I like that. I like to let go and feel good inside of my vessel in hopes that other chimes will sound that vibration.
MD: Close your eyes and just grab something from your closet because you know everything you own matches.
GG: Now let’s talk about the music! How long have you been writing music/performing?
AE: About 15 minutes.
TR: I would have to say I started this cosmic journey circa 2007
MD: Since I was a kid
GG: What/who inspires your music?
AE: Melancholy, jerks, ghosts, stairwells, the wind, Bob Seger, Bjork, animal feelings, outer space, the words of someone echoing in my mind.
MD: Everyone I’ve ever played with, plus anyone who’s doing something interesting with a non-standard lineup or songwriting approach.
GG: How has your music evolved over the years?
AE: Less is more. Restraint is beautiful.
TR: Maybe over time I’ve lyrically gotten less wordy and more melodic; more ethereal with feeling. Less of a picture with 1,000 words, more impressionist painter—colour, warmth, womby. Over the years I've come more into my own, which feels so important to me; feeling understood and heard whether anyone’s listening or not. I feel it’s important to have the sounds that I'm making emulate the feelings I am feeling on the inside—staying closer to my truth. I feel connected with my band and that is also so important. It’s apparent through our sounds that we share high vibes.
MD: As a guitar player, I’ve explored different kinds of music, and learned a lot along the way. I’ve played garage rock, blues, flamenco, pure improvisation, soundscapes, and now with Wolf Prize, dark melodic ethereal music. Each phase taught me to appreciate a different aspect of the instrument and how it works in a setting with other musicians.
* Interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
We hope you’ve drawn some inspiration from this example of label-free living. Self-expression through fashion is art—so go out there and wear your masterpiece!
To learn more about Wolf Prize, visit their website, stalk their Facebook page, or, if you’re in the LA area, check out one of their live shows—you can catch them at Los Globos on Sunset, Thursday, July 16th. You can also find their ambient rock oeuvre on Spotify and iTunes.
—Liv Gerde | Liv the Barber