In a new and pround interview with the publication, the brilliant and timeless London artist goes into detail regarding his love soul and jazz, the challenges touring, the importance dancing and his brush with death following a severe heart attack.
Dark, sexy and full the Devil’s groove, G’s cuts will make you move every damn time. For well over two decades, Mr. G has cooly been gracing the world with phenomenal and funky dance music that has rightfully earned him the title “tech house master”.
The jazz influence in his music is more than apparent – and when asked about the genre, Mr. G replied “jazz for me is the source. Most what makes me is that knowledge jazz, swing, soul. I was buying and selling it in Derby when I worked at (legendary record shop) R.E.cords… Back then I worked in the shop with an older DJ/collector called Hecter who had a love for and knowledge all music so in turn, I ended up with the same open mind to music. It just became good or bad music, no in between. That for me is what makes some us very different because whether it’s jazz, blues, dub, reggae, soul, funk, disco, ballads, house, techno, classical, rock or boogie, we can always deliver some good heat.”
After almost losing this legendary artist a few years back, the interviewer brings up the time Mr. G had suffered a severe heart attack. “I died on the table, and was defibbed back,” says Mr. G. “I saw the light, so for me now every moment is a blessing for sure, no time for wasting. My vision in life is very different to most but in turn, my music has its own life also which drives me harder.”
Despite being in his 50’s, Mr. G reveals that dance is as much apart his healthy living regiment as activities such as yoga, good food and consistent trips to record shops and comic book stores. “I’ve always danced, it’s been my way to loose/express myself for as long as I remember,” says the artist. “Whether I’m in the kitchen hearing something that touches me or remembering a long, lost track, I’m dancing. It’s never showing f, that’s just me, I can’t help myself, if it touches me, I dance! I’m still a raver at heart and I always will be.”
Armed with wisdom and a remarkable outlook on life, Mr. G ends the interview by taking the time to address the recent tragedy that is and how the road can push you to the edge if you are not careful: “Avicii’s death hurts even though it’s not someone close. The realization that this industry, if you don’t know what or who you are, can either drive you mad or kill you is crazy. Folk love riding a cash cow but never think about feeding or treating the cow right in the first place. Touring is never fun, it’s just part the job. I’ve been through depression/drink. The road and the nerves can do that to you and that’s not in the rulebook. The worst thing is when you need someone to understand and reach out to and that’s the moment you’re alone (an even bigger headfuck).”
When speaking about how he managed to overcome these challenges, Mr. G tells the publication, “I understood my rulebook needed to be very different to protect my soul. I drive shit now], not my agent. . It’s about finding] a balance and looking after your soul.”
Coming up next for this infectious groove vendor and master record collector, Mr. G is set to release his favorite funk and soul tunes on a limited edition vinyl titled ‘’. Featuring music from the likes Willie Tee, Asha Puthli and Rare Function, it’ll be released on limited 2 x 12 edition shrink wrapped vinyl on June 29. Learn more .
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