When the homie Scoop DeVille told me he was working on a ‘different’ project with multimedia artist Michael Sterling Eaton under the moniker Watercolor Werewolf, I was puzzled to say the least. I was used to Scoop providing the backbone for bangers like “The Recipe” and “Poetic Justice.” Something ‘different’ sounded like it could potentially be less than stellar for someone with a track record that had been just that.
Well, I was in for a surprise. When Scoop and Michael debuted the first taste of WW I was immediately thrown for a loop. I heard sounds that reminded me of David Bowie and Bauhaus, but with a distinct hip-hop foundation. Here’s what the dynamic duo has to say about their curiously titled collaborative endeavor:
Watercolor Werewolf is the collaboration between super-producer/artist Scoop Deville and world famous multi-media artist/producer/creative director Michael Sterling Eaton. The two have brought together their unique backgrounds to create modern abstract art through music. Taking cues equally from Devo, Talking Heads and Bauhaus as well as hip-hop and dance music, Watercolor Werewolf is an ode to 80′s art school rock, especially its method of creativity. “Our philosophy is to be more like abstract painters when we create music.” says Eaton. “We’re less worried about making hits with contemporary pop structure, than we are about emotional response to the sounds.” Presented more as a traditional rock group, the songs here were recorded live in the Neonostalgia Studio, deep in the snow capped mountains of Southern California. So, the process was uncompromised by the typical multi-track sessions lending an instinctive feel. “Almost 100% of our music was done in one take, not just with the vocals but the entire song.” says Deville. “Allowing the raw essence of our collaboration to shine through.”