Bright Blue Gorilla are a musical and filmmaking duo who have been making waves in the artistic world since 1990. Originally from Los Angeles, they have travelled across the world to spread their particular brand of inspiration across a variety of mediums. This year, they are getting reading for their next motion picture adventure.
We would love to know more about the people behind the art. What can you tell us about yourselves?
In my 6th grade school autobiography, I wrote I wanted to be a rock star! For Halloween, I dressed up as Elton John. (He was the first concert I ever attended.) I started writing songs when I was seven, had some very inspiring teachers in the early years, but mostly I was self-taught. I’ve always been one of those people who didn’t want to wait around to be discovered. I wanted to create a life where I would learn by doing, a life where I could express myself and do what I really loved. My sister, Dede, and best friend, Lisa, (25 and 22), were killed by a drunk driver. After that experience, it woke me up and I knew I had to do what I loved, and not waste my life! That intense experience also inspired me to dive into spirituality and discover what life is all about. This life has been quite an adventure so far!
When I was thirteen I got a lucky break when I started playing drums for what became a popular band in New Mexico, The Philisteens. (We toured with The Ramones and bands like that.) All the guys in The Philisteens were ten or fifteen years older than me, so I had an accelerated learning program – in every way imaginable! Talented songwriters and creative-eccentric types in the band and surrounding the band. It was the perfect place to learn what to do – and what not to do – to have a successful career as an artist. As we got popular, we were invited to do an hour-long radio show on the college radio station, so we wrote comedy sketches that segued into our songs. That was good practice for the screenwriting that I do now.