5 Questions With: Gayerbear

Meet the Louisiana Native and Chicago resident Gayerbear. After narrowly escaping the priesthood and almost devoting his life to working on farms in places like Costa Rica and Mexico, his passion for creating comedic and musical content was ultimately the biggest force of nature. Gayerbear is an artist that you need to hear for yourself! His music video for "GAMS" is now live on #YouTube.

We had a chance to get to know and talk about Gayerbear's music. Check out our #BuzzMusic exclusive.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers? Can you give us a brief history of your musical career?

I’d love to! Hi everyone I’m Gayerbear. Your friendly gayborhood singer/songwriter/sketch comedian. I live in Chicago.

My music career was sparked in the 2nd grade when I played 1 of 4 singing birds in a musical. My family said I sang the loudest (not necessarily the best) and it went straight to my head. 

I attended an acting conservatory (AMDA) where I took singing electives and simultaneously sang in the church choir, as well as performed in community theatre musicals. It wasn’t until I moved to Chicago, began performing and co-writing musical sketch comedy, and got accepted into the music improv conservatory at The Second City that I actually took music and singing seriously.

I eventually produced my own autibiomusical one-man show and decided to take my closing number (GAMS) to the next level, record it in the studio with a music producer friend, release it on major music streaming services, and make my first music video.

I’m just getting started :)

How did you come up with your name? Is there a meaning behind it?

It was your typical trying-to-create-an-Instagram-username-but-everything-was-taken scenario. Classic, right? My first name is Garrett, and I was going for Garebear. When I was denied, I kept modifying it until I found that Gayerbear wasn’t taken. People really took a liking to it.

Moreover, I recently decided to establish my career as an openly gay performer. After years of feeling like I had to hide my sexuality while pursuing an acting career, I was inspired by Dustin Lance Black, the award-winning writer of Milk. He said we need openly gay actors playing all sorts of leading roles. For too long, LGBTQ+ performers have had to remain in the closet in order to make it in the mainstream. But we need to be part of the mainstream. We need more visibility. And equality. Thankfully, there have been successful performers who have come out, which makes it easier for others. I’m just doing it from the beginning of my career. It won't be easy, but at least it will be me.

Do you write your own music? Can you tell us a bit about your writing style?

I certainly do! I love writing. One of the main reasons is because I often write comedic songs, so it comes from my sense of humor. Also, a lot of my writing comes from my own life experience - I know, I know. Cutting edge stuff. All jokes aside (well, not really) I'll usually get a random idea or maybe a funny take on a current event or trend and roll with it. I love parody and satire. While at The Second City I studied comedy writing. It helped me to learn formula, heightening the game/joke/story, and pushing yourself to write more jokes than you need so that you not only have more to work with but also come up with even better jokes.

When it comes to the music, sometimes I'll hear a certain melody in my head as I'm going through lyrics and it just kinda sticks. Other times I'll be inspired by a particular artist's sound and get my awesome producer pal to create something in a similar style.

We’re really into your new song! Can you tell us a bit about it? Where did the inspiration behind the song come from?

So glad to hear! GAMS all started when - as one does - I was just randomly thinking about how I'm attracted to Grown Ass Men, meaning older and bigger than myself. Mature men. I thought of the acronym G.A.M. Now I already knew "gam" was an old reference to a shapely leg, but I found out it's also a school of whales as well as a social gathering whalers would have while out at sea. Who knew? I combined all of this to create a song about a group of handsome, sturdy whalers in which one of these fishermen (yours truly) becomes a fisher OF men haha. It was really fun to have this whole setting/scenario in which to play in and sing about my own personal desires. I chose to add the "s" at the end for the plurality and because repeating "gams" sounds way much better than repeating "gam". Once you hear it you'll see.

What’s next for you?

I'm currently writing a car commercial parody, a parody of a very popular song from a very popular artist, my signature Gayerbear song (it's going to be epic), and will soon perform in some scenes for a web series pilot.

Thank you so much! You can find my single GAMS on all music streaming services and the music video for it on my YouTube channel. Subscribe for more. Be yourself and believe in yourself.

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