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Donald Glover Aims to Give Audiences a Complete Show as Alter-Ego Childish Gambino


Joe Pugliese/WIREDAtlanta creator and Golden Globe winner Donald Glover recently talked to Wired magazine about the creative influences from his Stone Mountain, Georgia upbringing that helped inspire his Childish Gambino alter ego.

The artist namechecks everything from Hall & Oates to the Police to ’70s funk legends ParliamentFunkadelic

“I remember listening to some of my dad’s music as a kid, like Parliament. I’d hear a woman moaning and groaning, and it was so scary because she sounded terrified,” he says.

“That music was filled with so many different real emotions and feelings that you could listen to it again and again.” 

Looking back at the past, the performer also gives his thoughts on today’s overall concert experience and how he strives to give fans a visually unique, yet genuine time at his live shows. 

“I was listening to Donny Hathaway‘s album Live at the Troubadour. You hear the crowd harmonizing with every song and clapping to the beat on time. You don’t hear that at concerts anymore,” he adds. 

“Today, kids’ idea of going to a concert is proving that they are on Snapchat or Instagram. We wanted to give them a complete show and have their attention.”  

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