How would you describe your music?
Gnostic Gorilla’s sonic offering is sort of a mix between Dark-wave, Goth, Industrial, with a hint of psychedelic and dark chocolate. hahahahahaha
Tell us about how the history of the project?
I started my sort of- kind of writing and recording career, or better yet, experiment when I was a high school student. (the lyrics for Dark Hallway were written in English class while bored with critiquing “Death of a Salesman”) I recorded a 45 rpm with a great band, (Dave Davidson, Chris Byrne, Shaun Saunders, and Tony Bourdeau) and released it as “Dean Mason”. The ‘pretend’ (indie) label was called Lonely Ghost productions.
In 2012, I decided to try writing and recording music of a strictly electronic bent as a hobby only. I really had no illusions that much would come of it. As things progressed, I released material in the digital world as “The Lonely Ghost Project” –only a track here and there. In 2015, I released the album “St. Basil’s Asylum” using the project name “Gnostic Gorilla”. There was a band called “The Lonely Ghost Parade” and I wanted to avoid confusion, even though I was using “lonely ghost” before they even existed. In 2018, Cleopatra Records offered a label deal and re-released “St. Basil’s Asylum”. Gnostic Gorilla has a total of 6-7 albums as well as two sort of ‘best of’ type deals with KL-Dark Records and Nowhere Now Records. There is one more album to be released by Cleopatra Records, with the title more or less decided: “Shaman Rave”. I’m assuming this will be a summer release.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
There are many. I suppose the very first artist to have an impact on me was Gary Numan. He changed the rules a bit and is most certainly a pioneer. His early offerings are absolute class. That said, the artists that have most influenced my own recording style are: Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Rammstein, Korn, Bauhaus, Sisters of Mercy, Type O Negative. I have to mention that The Doors are in many ways one of the most inspiring bands in my own experience; Jim Morrison’s lyrical style is very inspirational. Finally, I am inspired by Nash The Slash (RIP) because he was a one man outfit, he was Canadian and he was fiercely independent. A real icon for indie/unsigned artists.
What inspires you?
Much of my lyrical content deals with subject matters such as mental illness, especially depression. There is also a lot of religious imagery in my lyrical content, but I do not push any type of message. My lyrics are quite weird, and full of imagery which allows the listener to decide for themselves what certain songs may mean. I never trash anyone in my lyrics but I do, even if in hidden ways address the sad reality of deception and corruption in the world, which usually leads to pain and suffering of the little ones. Some people say they don’t believe in God because of all they see. I ask, how can you believe in ‘man’ (humankind) with all we see?
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
At this time Gnostic Gorilla has no plans to do live gigs, but if it were possible, I’d love to do a one off at a festival or something. But I doubt it.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Wow. That’s a loaded question man. Well, it’s not like it used to be and never again shall be. It’s the way it is. We have to remember that the ‘industry’ we speak of is a phenomenon that began in the mid 20thCentury. Things have changed dramatically since then. First of all, there have been SO MANY ground breakers and pioneers beginning with Elvis, then the Beatles, KISS, Sabbath and Motown. We would be here all day discussing how all of that evolves, so suffice it to say that there are more genres than we know what to do with. There’s a new genre born every time someone has a bad hair-band day. Lol. To put it all in summary form: IT HAS ALL BEEN DONE! There are no legends being made. Only hybrids of past groundbreakers. THEN, you have this thing called technology and connected with that, the age of communication (social media). The new digital age and the technology available to everyone has changed everything. You have the obvious reality of how music is put out there to begin with. Artists are getting even less than before because of the way the digital system is set up. But also, and this is important, because of the technology available, you have kids that can whip together music, videos, promos and everything in between and that’s fine but here is what it does: it makes EVERYTHING just run of the mill and commonplace. There is very little that is special or unique. Unless you’re a drop dead mamma or a pretty boy or have a massive controversy, an artist is going to have a difficult time getting to the status of ‘legend’ or even just ‘wow…spectacular’. I guess, it’s important for an artist/band to just be true to themselves and be true to the art form and keep the hi-fi mega stardom dreams in check.
What are your future plans?
At present, I’m trying to promote as best as I can what I have already released. But there are some collaborations in the works as well as some remixes and probably most importantly, the next release with Cleopatra Records. I’ve released “Freak’s Mind” in January, which was almost an accident as I had no intention of doing new music. I am also looking to peddle “Hide The Ghost” to a record label willing to take it on because I think it’s got a lot of potential.