City Wolf was born in a small downtown Los Angeles apartment in the summer of 2018. Clayton Stroope, a former VH1 You Oughta Know artist and the vocalist and songwriter of the US Gold selling, and Top 40 charting piano-based pop band Thriving Ivory wanted to stretch his legs and take a departure from the familiar. Clayton grew up listening to the harsh programmed drum samples of Lincoln Park, Nine Inch Nails, and Depeche Mode, but absorbed vocal influence from emotive pop singers like Rob Thomas, George Michael, and Prince. His desire to combine these ingredient onto one musical canvas led him to the door of veteran Los Angeles producer TheUnder.
The two immediately hit the ground running and recorded a six song EP which was released by Los Angeles based publishing house and licensing firm Riptide Music Group. City Wolf’s track These Streets was soon thereafter picked up by Amazon Prime as the theme song for their 2019 AVP Pro Tournament Trailer. Following this success, the self-titled City Wolf EP also gained wider distribution into the sync licensing market when it was picked up by the national US sync licensing firm Music Bed.
City Wolf’s aggressive pop production and highly unique lyrical and vocal hooks will be sure to make a mark on the European market. City Wolf is a stark refreshing face in the pop scene, with a sound and voice that you will find hard to get out of your head…and they’re just getting started.