Govales recently grabbed our attention with his single “Doors To Nowhere,” which is also placed in Spike Lee‘s trailer for eerie thriller Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus. The cut weaves between threads of grunge and psyche-rock sonics hemmed with deep soul vocals. Working with so many diverse elements, Bullett wanted to get more familiar with the Delaware-born, Bed-Stuy-Based talent. Check out the interview below as we discover Govales’ diverse mediums, his Spike Lee connect, and how truly not giving a fuck is the only way for growth.
How have you grown as an artist since you first began your career?
As an artist I have gone through metamorphosis countless times. The biggest lesson in growing as an artist for me has been losing any and all “give-a-fuckness.” I feel like as an artist you need to learn to please yourself first and explore your internal voice before taking in all these outside opinions and worrying about what others want all the fucking time. The shit actually gets on my nerves all the time now when people tell me shit and they feel entitled that I need to accept their fucking opinion as my artistic voice. That’s how I’ve grown, so many people have told me not to do certain things or that what I wanted to do was thinking too forward and they always turn out wrong. Nobody fucking knows, so just focus on being an artist and finding your voice independent of others constant outside pessimist interference.
What personal experiences have contributed to the sounds found on your recent releases “Activate” and “Go For The Kill”?
Just losing the concept of what I am allowed to do. I just make music. I don’t focus on genre or style. My style is in my soul and spirit and it comes out no matter what.
Talk about “Doors To No Where”? We need the spill on the Spike Lee connect.
I did “Doors to Nowhere” back in 2011 while in Brooklyn looking out the window in my boxers. In 2014 my friend Vince put me on a bit early that spike was looking for music for his new film, he hit me with an email to send some stuff. I sent it over and forgot about it. Three months later Spike hit me saying he wanted my song for his movie to my shock and here we are.
How are you able to give Miguel-vibes on track and then pop Top 40 and The Roots on others? Where’s your balance in finding the ideal listener for all of these vibes?
Genre-division is an old paradigm of thinking. This generation and the generations coming don’t see such a divide in music. Even myself I grew up exposed to Nirvana and Notorious B.I.G and Jodeci and John Lennon all together. The era of unified culture is upon us. Music is a universal language and music listeners today are listening to Drake, Adele, Rihanna and Sam Smith all together on one playlist. I’m just focused on making great music.
How have you adapted professionally to the current state of the music market since your songwriting days with Universal Records?
Ignoring trends. Focusing on writing great songs.
Aside from making music, you also wear hats in other art realms.
Creativity has no bounds. The same creative place some one makes music or paints or designs from is identical. The imagination. The imagination is but a personification of the infinite. Making music I always had visions of grandeur. Film was a natural evolution for me, producing a song is much like doing cinematography for a film, setting the tone and mood. After being on film sets as a teen and wanting to learn without anyone offering help I found a way to get into film school and really studied the craft. All the while never abandoning music, actually reinforcing both disciplines because one really can’t fully exist without the other.
When I was 16 I wrote a business plan for a clothing line and got the University of Delaware to help bring it to fruition. They gave me a senior graduating class and in order for them to graduate they had to help me complete my line from my original designs to CAD rendering to real world prototypes. That particular line didn’t ever fully get to market but I learned the steps of designing and creating garments. An experience that has become invaluable to me doing costume design for my videos and designing many pieces that I will wear myself for the stage and just in general.
One day I will be the greatest creative entrepreneur of my generation and I will influence billions throughout the universe and on this planet in the most positive way and I will live and I will love.
Today I am working on being the best Artist I can be, unifying people and bringing them joy through this religion of culture we live in.
LOVETRON is coming soon.