Last week we stopped by Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO where our favorite epic pianist Chilly Gonzales was hosting a special screening of his new film Ivory Tower—not to be confused with his album of the same name, released just last month. The film stars Gonzales, along with fellow artistic entrepreneurs Peaches and Tiga. And with an original Chilly Gonzales score and a producer credit given to his pal, Boys Noize, this is collaborative authorship at its best. There’s no set release date yet, but according to Gonzales it “came out” already. Read our chat with the piano man himself, and imagine how relaxed he looked sitting next to a picture of a sunset, wearing an immaculate bathrobe.
Tell us why you’re here today.
Today I’m here making entertainment about art, so we chose an art space. I’m going to be doing the first-ever, kind-of hosted screening of my movie Ivory Tower, combined with a piano talk show, which is my standard solo show. I’ve never done it before, so to be completely honest, I’m not sure. I try to approach it in a certain way and see if it works because it’s two different actions, you know? Watch a concert, watch a movie. And then afterward I might play for a very long time.
A very long time?
A very, very, very long time.
Will there be any special guests?
I’m not at liberty to discuss that. I signed an NDA. Do you know what an NDA is?
[Slow and unsure nod]
You don’t—so how come you just nod? Aren’t you curious about the strange terms I’m using?
Okay, what’s an NDA?
An NDA is a non-disclosure agreement—like the kind I signed when I was mysteriously called to service. My song “Never Stop” was recruited, was embedded if you will, into a huge national campaign for the iPad commercial, but I didn’t know what the commercial was or who it was. It was all very secretive, and I respected that. You know, I respected that they demand complete blindness on my part to participate in their project. So I’m kind of doing the same to you. I’m kind of leaving you in the dark as a sign of respect.