This week, YHS’s very own Sport Wolf interviews Gimme Pizza and ION for the US premier of their new single “Eau Bleu,” Released via Col Bleu Records. They explain their inspirations for the track, thoughts on life, death, love, and what they’re currently listening to.
Words and translation by Sport Wolf.
What's your name and where are you located?
Gimme Pizza (GP): Gimme Pizza, I live between Bruxelles, Nantes and Paris
Yonni (Y): I’m Yonni, I’ve lived in London for a year now, but I used to live in Montreuil, an area close to Paris.
Can you give an introduction on how you got started making music, and what is your current creative process?
GP: I first studied solfeggio at the Conservatory of Nantes. It was the kind of thing that does not make you want to continue for long. I was then in a Garage Rock band from age 13 to 16. It was a three piece outfit, two guitars and drums. Then I discovered rap and started writing when I was 16 at school, because I had access to slam poetry workshops at the time. Many things have evolved since then, and what I'm looking for now is a musical concordance between melody and flow, often with darker lyrics. The beat is more than 50% of the rap game now, maybe more. In any case, it is the beat that inspires me to write. It sets the tone of my speech. I often like to experiment and find a universe to engage in. I use words that represent my lifestyle and what I feel. Showcasing my ego is not the goal, but I want to represent the “mindfuck” that we all experience sometimes.
Y: I started making music because my big brother Ichon asked me to. I’ve written poems and stuff since I was 6 years old. Right now I use music to express myself and to keep myself occupied before I die. My music is about death, sadness, love, and happiness. People send me instrumentals, and If the mood matches with mine, I create something.
Could you name some artists that you’re really into right now?
GP: I really like what Superwak produces at the moment: The Swiss, Dimeh, Slimka, Makala; they have good energy. Laylow is good too, relevant in the way that they experiment with a vocoder. It's melodic. OBOY and his insolent tone; his hoarse voice. Vince Staples, and Vic Mensa. Of course the clique Bon Gamin who are never far away. Yann (Ichon) helped us a lot with Yonni (Ion) on "Eau Bleue." Musically, I find that they bring a new vision to rap. Topics that relate to a reality in which I personally feel immersed, in contrast to what other artists might represent. It's also worth listening to Fidlar’s "Cocaine,” as it's always good to let off a little steam. And when I'm in a sunny mood, I listen to Oumou Sangare.
Y: J.cole, Ichon, Myth Syzer, Mulatu Astatke, James Blake, Portishead, Arctic Monkeys.
Tell me what inspired you to create “Eau Bleue?”
GP: I tried to open a bank account with one of the richest families, but they refused.
Y: Eau Bleu signifies something that we can’t really have. We may feel it in our hands, but after it’s gone. You may try to have this feeling again, but it’s never the same. It’s love, it’s water, it belongs to everybody, but it belongs to nobody. Eau Bleu is my first real girlfriend and it’s my greatest failure. It’s all my sadness and it’s why I talk about death. Before I was happy, and I thought that love could exist, but now I know I only do these things to feel alive.
Plans for the future?
GP: At the moment, I have some music that I’m working on, and I’m always trying to be productive and to evolve. Also, shout out to the producer Güms! Bang Bang, Lov Lov.
Y: I have a lot of musical projects I want to release. My plan is to become a star and then die and make my ex-girlfriend realize that it’s her fault.
Follow ION, Gimme Pizza and Col Bleu Records on instgram:
- ION - @ion_negatif_bge
- Gimme Pizza - @gimmepizza_porte_un_col_bleu
- Col Bleu Records - @col_bleu