When Bandcamp announced its fundraising initiative for the ACLU back in February 2017, John Wolfe and his roommate and longtime collaborator Ebban Maeda gave themselves a 24-hour time limit to create a song to contribute, under the name Huck. That’s how the Spotify Viral 50 hit “Without You” was born, which has amassed nearly 300,000 streams across Spotify and SoundCloud to date.
In the year and a half since then, Huck, now Wolfe’s solo project, has been dutifully working on recording his debut self-titled LP. Set to be released in October, Huck the album explores the sound that Huck the artist has been slowly cultivating since his days as a preteen in Brooklyn. In an interview with Billboard, Wolfe reminisced about the time he discovered Little Sound DJs (or LSDjs,) a music editing software that lets users create songs out of Gameboy color noises. “I thought it was the coolest shit ever … That was my first intro into that weird 8-bit electronic sound in music that's super sick.” Wolfe didn’t use the software in the making of “Without You,” opting instead for his Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator which “looks like a calculator,” but he was inspired by the scene. “I made those drum loops and didn't look back. I love sounds like that,” he said. “There's some other songs on the album that have sounds like that. Clearly not all of them. ‘Without You’ is my first ever adventure into a fully electronic song and I was just working with what I had. So, that sound came to me.”