Interview with musician and recording artist, G.Love

G.Love is a genre-defying musician who has been experimenting and honing his music talents from a very young age. He is best known for his work with the band Special Sauce, a laid back blues ensemble who mix classic R ‘n’ B sounds with a range of sounds pulled from everywhere; hip-hop, soul, funk, psychedelia… breaking all the rules to create a completely unique sound that has garnered the adoration of fans and the approval of critics the world over. This is one interview that has us truly star-struck so ladies and gents…!

To start with, could you give us an idea of where the music all began for you? Is it true you started guitar at 8?

I was banging on the back of the seat of the station wagon while my Mom was jamming the radio. She always used to sing along to the radio ya know. So, she said, “Hey you’ve got the beat Gar! You should play an instrument. What instrument do you want to play?” I said guitar and it was all over. I was pretty terrible for the first 5 years but around the time I was 13 it started sounding pretty good. I really owe a lot to my parents. They always pushed me and supported me.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

It was my dream to make one record. Just one. I had no idea things would blow up like they did. There’s been a lot of great milestones. Performing at Woodstock 99 and Glastonbury. Having our debut record go gold. Performing an acoustic duet of my song “Rainbow” on David Letterman with my friend Jack Johnson. Having a kid, writing songs that make people feel good. Being on the road for 20 years. It’s been a blessing.

Your sound is unique, who are your musical influences and idols?

My two musical fathers are John Hammond and Bob Dylan. I’ve never met Bob but John and I are dear friends. A lot of hip hoppers have influenced me like Cypress Hill, Wu Tang, KRS-One and Gangstarr to name a few. John Lee Hooker, Lightening Hopkins, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Bukka White, the Velvet Underground The list goes on and on.

G Love with his guitar

It isn’t easy putting a label on your music, did you deliberately set out to challenge the idea of genre or is it just a by-product of making good music?

I had a lyric in a song that sums it up. “it just kind of happened, it wasn’t though up, this is the city and I am the product.”

I always strive to find an original approach. I think thats the most important thing one can try to achieve whatever they do in life.

Live performance is important to you; do you feel that the live experience is something a lot of bands should focus on more?

We live and die by the quality and potency of our live performance. We love to play for the peeps that’s what it’s all about. If you can’t go out there and prove it to yourself, your band and the people every night you ain’t got shit. You’ve got to respect your music and the stage.

What is the greatest pleasure in doing what you do? Is it working on the music, recording, performing, interacting with the fans, doing great interviews…?

It’s all of that, really. It’s just music all around ya know? You put the work into your practice and this is the greatest joy. Then you take it to the studio and feel the magic of recording. Then you take it to the stage and let it all hang out. Connecting with other musicians and the peeps. This is the best feeling in the world.

What do you want for your future? Any big plans we should know about?

Right now I have a bit of time off the road and I’m writing my new record which should drop in early 2013. This summer has us touring the US a bunch.

I’ve also released my famous hot sauce. You can order it online.<>

Excuse the cliché, but which artist (living or dead) would you most like to collaborate with?

Robert Johnson

And finally, if we pressed play on your <generic music player> what would we be hearing right now?

On vinyl spinning right is Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad’s new record “Country” it sounds great.