IN CONVERSATION: G-EAZY
Following up on his interview in PULP No.9 we caught up with G-Eazy during his “From The Bay Area to Around the Universe” tour in Toronto where he was greeted by screaming girls in a packed double level venue.
PULP How has the tour been so far? We caught your set in Toronto and the crowd was ecstatic; which cities have been the highlights this far and why?
G-EAZY The tour has been great! I love being out on the road, ironically it’s where I feel closest to “home”. I just played 6 dates in Australia and New Zealand which were hella dope, but Toronto goes hard, Montreal goes hard, and of course the Bay Area always shows love.
PULP Tell us more about the two personas your character – Gerald & G-Eazy. How do these roles fit in your personal life vs. your stage life?
G-EAZY Gerald is the good guy, he’s the classic gentleman, clean cut and dapper – he’s got good manners. But if Gerald is the Dr. Jekyll, then G-Eazy is the Mr. Hyde. G-Eazy is like a pirate or a villain. He downs whiskey like it’s water and jumps around on stage, and parties into the wee hours of the morning. But I think there’s actually a good mix of both in each. It’s all part of me.
PULP You had previously mentioned that you felt you were destined for this life ( elaborate – being a performer?). Were there any moments when you questioned your potential and how did you keep moving toward your ultimate goal of taking over the world?
G-EAZY I think with my mom being an artist and being raised in the Bay Area – especially going to Berkeley High – for me it gave me a sense that I could follow a creative path and do what I loved and turn that dream into a reality. Of course it’s hard and you have setbacks, especially when you have big dreams and empty pockets – but I have a great team and I’ve learned over the years that sometimes even the setbacks can turn into positives. You’ve got to keep moving.
PULP Given recent references, was James Dean someone you looked up to growing up? Who were some of your role models in regards to their style and music growing up ?
G-EAZY My dad showed me James Dean’s movies when I was a little kid, and then all I wanted for years was a leather jacket. He was a kid in the 50s, so he would talk about that era a lot when I was growing up. My mom played a lot of Johnny Cash around the house… everything from the Beatles to Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, etc. I would always listen and pay attention to the stories in the lyrics… But outside I listened to Tupac, Snoop, Dr. Dre and E-40… They all became heroes of mine.
PULP What is next for G-Eazy after this tour comes to a close in Australia? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
G-EAZY I’m looking forward to spending a block of time in the studio and really diving in on the next album. I’ve been on the road for about a year now, so it’s gonna be nice to get a break… But the tour never really stops. After I get back to the States I’ll be playing a lot of festivals and college shows. But at least for the most part I’ll be sleeping in the same bed most nights, which is something I haven’t experienced in a long time. So I’m excited to get back in the groove of things creatively and hopefully get into my stride in the studio and accomplish something great.
Purchase G-Eazy’s latest album “These Things Happen” here.
Photographs & Words by Brent Goldsmith