Just about being cozy, and comfy at the crib.
Yo, what’s up GQ, I’m Gerald
and I’m back for round two to show you
my at home essentials.
First essential, you know,
it’s kind of a piece of my uniform,
a piece of my self is my A’s hat
that I pretty much wear everyday.
Especially when I’m away from home, from the Bay,
it’s kind of just like a thing
that ties me to home and reminds me of
I’ve probably owned over a hundred A’s hats.
This A’s hat is probably a few months in.
Still got some life left.
I had one that I was, like, wearing forever.
I let it get real, real, real dingy and dirty
and then I got a ton of crisp options,
and you know, making that decision on
which one to wear each day is just not as easy as it looks.
The biggest essential for me is my studio.
I’m very, very, very blessed.
I’m fortunate to have an at home studio.
This is the upstairs of my studio,
so it has my plaques, my Kobe jersey, some arcade games,
you know, it’s a vibe up here,
but then downstairs, in the real studio,
that’s where I go to completely work,
and like lock in and focus.
This room is like get the ear break,
get your mind off it for a second and come back fresh,
and then I go downstairs and it’s like,
there’s nothing but work down there.
My whole studio is lit up with heat lights.
So I’ll switch the colors of them,
depending on the song I’m working on,
depending on the vibe I’m in,
I don’t know what I would be doing with all this time
if I didn’t have my studio. I’d go crazy.
It’s obviously an outlet, a place to
express myself, and to pour myself into something.
I’m usually in the studio with, you know,
producers, A and R guy.
This was just me alone in my studio,
so all the sudden it was like, damn,
I’m gonna just make whatever I want to.
Use this time to freely explore creatively,
and break the rules, ’cause why not?
A big at home essential,
it’s just nice scented candles.
This is the big Le Labo Santal.
It just fills up the room with a real nice scent.
I didn’t know, but like a nice scented candle,
you’re only supposed to burn for what,
like 20 minutes? And then that fills the room
with the scent for an hour or two or whatever.
But, I like the vibe of having
a ton of candles lit, you know?
So, it all depends.
So, a big at home essential, and a way
I’ve spent a lot of time during quarantine,
has been reading. You know, sometimes
it’s hard with how busy life gets.
It gets hard to just sit down and focus,
but for me, reading over quarantine has been a practice
of remembering to focus, slow down, and chill.
I read Post Office, Charles Bukowski.
I’m reading a Farewell to Arms right now, Ernest Hemingway.
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke, and then,
probably the favorite thing I read over quarantine was
Acid for the Children. It’s a memoir by Flea,
from Red Hot Chili Peppers.
I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers as a fan,
but I got to know a whole lot more about Flea,
and his upbringing, his youth, his whole backstory.
I love Fitzgerald. I love, like, classic, timeless authors
that are that iconic, and I feel like,
going back, they really transport you to
a different time and place.
Reading has been a big thing over quarantine,
and like a great way to just
pass the time and chill at home.
Music is, you know, as essential
as anything is in my life,
and listening to music in the right way.
So, I have Marshall speakers all around the house.
They’re aesthetically pleasing.
They look like old amps, and the sound quality is great.
I listen to music every single day.
It’s one of the first things when I wake up.
Come downstairs, make my coffee,
put some music on. Immediately.
I’ve been building a record collection for a long time,
but there’s a part about putting a record on.
It’s like, yeah at the click of a button on your phone
you can have any song ever made anywhere,
but there’s a respect you put on the process.
You take that record out, you put the record on,
it’s an experience, it’s not just background music.
It’s an act of really appreciating the music itself.
But yeah, I mean, these are a few records.
Radiohead, The Bends.
Mac Dre, The Genie of the Lamp.
Nirvana Unplugged, which is one of the greatest.
A Love Supreme, John Coltrane.
Been listening to a lot of jazz lately.
And then one of my favorite albums of all time,
Midnight Marauders, A Tribe Called Quest.
Nina Simone, I’ve been listening to a lot of Nina.
A pretty eclectic range, but just some of the stuff
I’m into. Music is something that
just makes a home feel like a home.
I truly believe that.
So, obviously a big essential, you know,
we’ve all been in the house.
Getting dressed is not what it used to be,
so sweatsuits are, you know, that’s a go to.
This one’s [indistinct] Supreme.
Anytime I find something I really like,
I usually just buy backups.
When you find something that you really like,
it’s like all right, let me level up.
Just white, I like a sauvignon blanc,
something dry and crisp and citrusy.
Some friends of mine are like really into wine
who are staying with me at the house,
so just like, trying all different kinds.
So it’s just a dope part of the night,
like you’re cooking dinner and you have
a nice wine with it.
How often do we open a new bottle of wine?
Well that depends on the night.
Coffee is an essential.
I can’t look at my phone, I can’t talk to anybody,
I can’t think before I’ve had a cup of coffee.
That’s just like, don’t bother me
until I’ve had my coffee.
Sometimes I’ll just do espresso, sometimes drip,
pour over coffee, sometimes a french press.
I like Peet’s Coffee.
I mean, Peet’s is from the Bay.
I just think coffee’s delicious,
and again it’s the process of,
you know, making a french press,
or the smell of espresso.
I usually just drink it black.
Maybe some cream. A dash, not a splash.
How many cups of coffee do I have a day?
That number, I’d not like to say,
but probably like four to five cups a day.
Way more than I should be having.
In the back yard I have a treadmill, some weights.
We joke and we call it Gerry’s Gymnasium.
For me, running is very meditative.
I mean, obviously you have to stay active
and find ways to exercise.
My treadmill is like, that’s where I go
to meditate and just find that calm.
I like running to film scores.
I love the Dark Knight score.
I love Requiem for a Dream,
that score’s one of my favorites.
Getting thirty minutes, like three miles,
thirty minutes in per day,
it just feels good after you get that done.
You gotta find ways to stay healthy, yeah?
During quarantine, I think a lot of us have had
the opportunity to inwardly reflect,
and decide what we want to change, or learn,
or evolve into. I’ve always wanted to
learn how to play piano, and learn how to sing,
and I’ve spent a lot of time working with a teacher
and a coach. I mean, I started just by ear.
I would put a record on and just start to play to it,
figure out what key it’s in, find the scale.
But spending the time to really work on that
and learn how to play piano.
A piano is like a … even as a piece of furniture,
is essential to at home, you know what I mean?
It makes my home feel like a home.
Pre-quarantine, we were doing Jazz Night at Gerry’s,
you know a little get together.
We’d all cook, have dinner, and then just play
and listen to jazz, and drink some wine,
and you know smoke and *beep*.
It was just kind of a thing that
ties everybody together in a way.
Its an upright, its an old one.
I didn’t wanna get something brand new
and fancy and clean.
I think there’s, like, a rustic quality
to an old piano, and it just reminds me
of my grandma’s house.
I’ll sit at the piano every single day.
Sometimes I’ll sit down for five minutes,
sometimes I’m there for two hours,
Music is something I tend to get lost in.
It can be that way in the studio.
You know, I’ll blink and eight hours have passed.
Thanks again GQ, I appreciate the opportunity.
Much love to you guys, those are my essentials.