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Wolf Gang in Cages

Before the release of his debut album next year, the 23-year-old multi-instrumentalist talks about his style icons and probably drinking too much

Wolf Gang is the precocious output of 23-year old Max McElligott, who turned his back on London School of Economics and the Foreign Office in favour of a life partying and producing lavish pop in the vein of Bowie, Byrne, Ferry et al. Blending insouciance with silk scarves for a vibrant live show, his debut album will turn heads with ease in 2011. Dazed caught up with Max to find out what makes him tick.  

DD: What's so special about you then?
Wolf Gang: I'm a self taught multi-instrumentalist European mongrel who enjoys a good swing dance. And I wrote and recorded all the parts to the songs on my upcoming album.

DD: Your dream musical collaboration?
Wolf Gang: That kind of thing changes depending on which mood I'm in. At the moment I've just woken up and am kind of feeling like working with Miles Davis when he was in his 'Sketches of Spain' mode would have been pretty nice.

DD: Your vision of the future?

Wolf Gang: The apocalypse, played out in two halves, with a short intermission.

DD: Who is your style icon?
Wolf Gang: I have many; Cary Grant, James Dean, Jude Law in the 'Talented Mr Ripley', Bryan Ferry, David Bowie, Frank Sinatra. If you had an outfit from each of these guys your wardrobe would be the envy of the world...

DD: Your worst vice?
Wolf Gang: Not knowing when it's inappropriate to get drunk, and spending money I don't have. The two kind of go hand in hand.

DD: What did you dream about last night?
Wolf Gang:
It was too weird to talk about here.

DD: What's the best advice you've ever had?
Wolf Gang:
Advice goes in one ear and out the other.

'Lions in Cages‘, Wolf Gang's first single to be taken from his debut album, is out November 22nd.