- Words Ryan Cahill
- Photography Jess Farran
The NYC bedroom-pop dream answers our most intimate questions.
At the start of the year, Gus Dapperton released his second EP, You Think You’re A Comic!, to critical acclaim. It firmly put him on the map as one of NYC’s rising talents and bookmarked him as a figurehead for the bedroom-pop genre. A few months (and a lot of hairstyles) later, and he’s offering up something new. His most recent release, the hypnotic “World Class Cinema” was a promising look at what is to come from Dapperton – and has left us all hoping for an album come 2019. It’s video was a masterful homage to some of the most iconic films ever made, from The Usual Suspects to James Bond (with a little cameo from Charlie Plummer).
As he moves towards the end of an epic year which has seen him find support from old fans and new, we sit down with Dapperton to ask for an intimate inquisitive chat.
Do you remember your dreams? Tell us about a recent dream you’ve had….
I don’t remember my dreams often to be honest. I don’t even write them down. But when I do, most of my dreams involve a hunger games type of scenario.
What is the closest you’ve ever come to death?
I almost drowned on a family vacation to Puerto Rico when I was younger.
Tell us, what is your first memory of music?
My great grandma owned this large stuffed animal bear that would play “I Will” by The Beatles when you pressed a button on its paw. I hated it so much but I really love the song now.
What’s your star sign? And does your personality fit with your sign?
I am a Pisces, and yes i would say I am pretty typical.
When was the first time you had your heart broken? (Who by? How did it feel? What did you do?)
My first real long term girlfriend, when I was a sophomore in high school, broke my heart but I inflicted it on myself. To me it was the end of the world. I wrote plenty songs about it and I think that is partially why i started singing. It was the first time I really needed to talk my shit in order to survive.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
What would your biography be called?
I don’t know because if it was a biography I could not name it myself. If it was an autobiography the title would consist of the words “the rise and fall and rise and fall and rise and fall etc..”. but I am quite young and I have a lot to learn still about the history of my life.
What was the first song you ever wrote?
The first song I ever wrote and finished was called “Shock”.
What has been your biggest achievement?
Dropping out of school.
Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?
I’m not sure but my close friends know that I like to imagine that IF we were all in a fantastical story then I would be the main character in that particular story. For example, Harry Potter, Frodo, Ang (from Avatar: The Last Airbender).
How was high school?
The worst four years of my life thus far.
Describe your own personal idea of hell…
My bandmate, Yendawg, once said the area after you go through a toll booth where all the cars are merging back together is his least favourite area. That is how he imagines hell.
Which super power would you most like to have, and why?
I wish I could fly. It is not the most practical but I’ve always wanted to.
What is one album that totally changed your life?
Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys.
When was the last time you cried and why?
I cry often these days. I cry every time I listen to this one particular song I finished recently.
Where/what will you be doing at the end of the world?
I will lay with my loved ones and reflect on the lives we’ve lived.