Photography by Brandon Espy
‘Being transparent, vulnerable, honest and evolving– maybe a little scared and shy at first, to Gallant this is beauty. His musicianship and take on life are seamless. His ballots are raw yet introspective. There is something refreshing about his translation of R&B. His soothing sound meets vintage Usher and the alternative vibe of the Weeknd. However, don’t get it twisted the artist has created a space all of his own in the R&B game. The Los Angeles native recently came out with a sultry new single by L.A. producer, Felix Snow. The song is set to appear on his Zebra EP, which he plans to release later this year. His visuals are all dramatic hand gestures. We are captured by the moment right along with him. AMMO spoke to Gallant about what keeps him inspired, why he first started making music, his love life and a bunch of other interesting facts.
What’s your AMMO?
Family. Mountains. Friends. Seeing leaves change color, die, and grow again. Watching other people create incredible things that for whatever reason have the power to elevate or destroy a mood and reshape someone’s view of the world.
What prompted you to first start making music?
Honestly I have no idea. When I was like 12 or 13 I used to spend a lot of time home alone after school. I had like an early computer mic from Office Depot and for some reason, spending hours making really horrible music was just something I felt I had to do to keep from self-destructing.
What to do you hope to communicate through your music?
That feelings are like… okay to have. Even if you’re a man. I’m a man and I keep a journal and write sad songs. I really hope someone agrees.
What do you think stands out the most about your music?
I hope people would say that it’s really honest. I’m good at keeping a lot of emotions and stuff to myself IRL and the recording process behind everything I’ve released so far is where it all comes out. Some of the lyrics are from journal entries or voice notes of me talking to myself. I don’t know if that comes across or not.
What artist would you compare your sound closest to?
Honestly I’m really not sure… maybe I’m being unreasonable or maybe I just haven’t listened to enough music.
Who are some people in the music world that you look up to?
I look up to a lot of people– too many to list I think. Anyone who’s gone through the machine of the 80s to early 2000s and been able to keep their sanity I guess. And all the guys who shielded themselves from ‘industry-ness’ and still managed to achieve 100% of their goals.
Who have been some of your favorite artist to work with thus far?
Haven’t really worked with that many other artists at this point. Producers though– the chemistry me and Felix have is unparalleled I think.
If you weren’t making music what do you think you would be doing?
Either rotting at the bottom of the ocean or doing voice-over work for some show on cartoon network.
What do you have in store for this year?
Releasing two EPs, touring, putting out a bunch of visuals that I’ve been thinking about for a while, working with other writers and artists for the first time…
Have you ever been in love, if so how did you know it was real?
Twice I think– and I only knew it was real because both times I got hurt pretty badly.
How would you describe your personal style?
I wear a lot of black… I think the time I spent in Manhattan kind of rubbed off on me and hasn’t faded away yet.
On a lazy weekend, where can we find you?
Probably sitting in my car parked in a mountain somewhere or, like, trying to sneak a strawberry milkshake from Baskin Robbins into a movie theater.
What’s your favorite color and why?
I’m not sure why but I’m a fan of tannish-beige. Maybe it has something to do with its earthy-but-clean quality. Kind of weird.
Who has been one of your biggest supporters thus far?
My parents by far. But also everyone on my SnapChat list.
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