Interview with G.o.D. Jewels
Describe your sound as if we were deaf
God-inspired and risky by hip-hop standards.
What producers, songwriters and/or artists do you see as your primary inspirations?
I’m really into indie rock and folk music. The choices they make in terms of sounds were always inspiring to me and I wanted to kind of convert that into something that was hip-hop ready. Film is huge for me. Movie scores and orchestral arrangements, shit like that. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago will always be a underlying inspiration in everything I do. I pay attention to the greats who did it before and who are still doing it and use the example they set to improve my craft.
Do you have a favorite musical project that you’ve worked on?
Glimpse of Destiny is by far my favorite currently. You can go download that @ www.godjewels.com.
What was the main factor for launching your career when you did?
Probably when I had an epiphany that I could do this on an extremely high level and also realizing that I didn’t want any else in life other than to be financially independent and create music. I wasted a lot of time on school and working jobs, and those things weren’t going to get it done for me.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
Jay-Z, Nas, AZ, Kanye, Sade, Jennifer Hudson, and Sufjan Stevens are some that come to mind off top.
It has changed it for better and for worse. Your reach and visibility can be increased 100-fold by using the internet, which is a blessing for sure. On the flip side, music has become so much more disposable because of how easy it is to upload a mixtape or video. It’s so over saturated that it’s hard for acts to stand out and get noticed. You can put something out and be forgotten in 48 hours.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Extremely important. I feel as though I’m laying the groundwork to become as influential and important to the culture as Jay-Z and Kanye are. I feel I’m a legend in the making. If I don’t believe these things, then no one will. I have created bodies of work that people will go back to years from now and realize that they should have been paying attention to G.o.D. Jewels years ago.
Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals or talents you have in mind?
I grew up drawing, illustrating, and creating art. Mimicking the artwork I saw in comic books, trying to create my own comics. I kind of moved away from that as I got older because it didn’t seem like it was cool to be an artist where I come from, and the talent wasn’t really being nurtured, but it was always in my DNA. Drawing wasn’t going to get you girls in high school, and art wasn’t placed on a pedestal growing up in the hood. As you get older and care less about what people think, and evolve as a person, you can fully explore old talents and find new ones.
I’ll be launching a design house called “We Are Deity” fairly soon which I started with the help of my in-house artist Ian Dube. It will specialize in art direction and provide a wide range of services. I look forward to expanding We Are Deity as a company and rekindling my love for all things art related. So that’s what I’ll be doing what I’m not focusing my efforts towards becoming a legend in hip-hop.