Gnostic Gorilla – Interview

We recently had the opportunity to chat to a bunch of bands from the Rogue PR label, much to our joy. Next up was Gnostic Gorilla – see how we got on below!

By Jane Howkins

How is 2019 treating you so far?

Actually, 2019 has thus far been quite active on many fronts and I didn’t really plan it that way, but that’s what has been happening. Freak’s Mind was a ‘freak’ accident hahahaha in many ways as I did not plan on recoding new music. It’s turned out to be an excellent album. Also, lots of collaborations and Gnostic Gorilla has been on a few compilation albums, with more to come.

Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?

Yes. As I alluded to, Freak’s Mind is now available on iTunes, Spotify and most other digital music providers. That album was recorded in between November 2018 and January 2019. Not at all planned, yet it turned out to be a good album – in my opinion.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?

No new music for Gnostic Gorilla is planned now for a while. I have a lot to promote and get out there There is another album to be released by Cleopatra Records, most likely this summer tentatively titled Shaman Rave. More on that soon. As well, there will be some ‘best of’ type albums to be released soon by KL-DARK Records and Nowhere Now Records. Finally, I have written and recorded lyrics/vocals for an Australian band called CRIIX IIIX.

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?

I’m not planning on doing live gigs at this time.

Who/what has influenced you the most?

Musically speaking, I’d say there are a lot of artists that have inspired me: Gary Numan, Type O Negative, Japan (David Sylvian) The Doors, Skinny Puppy, Ministry, Bauhaus, KISS, Sabbath, Ozzy, Dio,Kraftwerk, and so many others.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?

Fear Incorporated has been on my playlist lately. They play some amazing stuff. I often listen to The Doors, especially Absolutely Live and I still listen to vintage Gary Numan. I got the latest Alien Sex Fiend album recently called Possessed which is quite cool.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records?

Well, I think if someone is into dark electronic music of an experimental bent, they would enjoy much of what Gnostic Gorilla has to offer. No one artist is super unique, especially today because “it’s all been done” in my opinion but that said, we all deserve a fair shake and I hope I will get that fair shake as well. There are some elements of my music that are very soundtrack oriented and excellent for the sound system in an SUV.

Any last words for the fans?

I am always grateful to those who have supported me in one way or another. Whoever picks up my music in any format, I am grateful. As for what it all means? That’s all for another time to discuss. Thanks again for the interview.