February 21st, 2021
Photo by @Yungtuscan
Take it at face value, Gnarly is a fitting name for the dude. Probably one of the only people to rock a dread locked mullet as an intentional style choice.
Gnarly is the lead singer of the colorful punk band, Kate Mo$$. Kate Mo$$ has been known to throw some of the wildest concerts you'd ever seen. Its like watching the combination of a snuff film and a Broadway play. At their shows, its no holds bar, anything goes. Fighting on stage, doing whippets, choking bandmates, bleeding/spitting on fans, the list goes on as to what takes place at a show. A true sight to be seen.
Gnarly is the definition of DIY, get it done by any means. When you have a band that performs the way Gnarly does, Imagine how hard it is to get a concert venue to allow you do this on stage, probably not easy. So you turn to more homemade remedies, abandoned houses, alley ways, places where you don't need licenses and you can smoke however many cigarettes' your little hearts desire. If people want to watch you play music, you can figure out a way to make it happen.
What was a young Gnarly like? What were you into as a kid?
I’m from the east side of Tucson Arizona. The desert. Wasn’t much to do as a kid, like after school in elementary I’d do dumb shit with my friends like hide in ditches and throw rocks at cars passing by on the main street till eventually one connected and we’d have to dip out. Was pretty heavy into sports, played basketball and football. Basketball carried on into high school till sophomore year when I got cut from the team. At the time was on unsupervised probation for a weed charge I caught on the campus, coach apparently thought it was a bad influence on the team type situation and dropped me. Definitely felt some type of way from that experience and pretty much went headfirst into skateboarding and graffiti, and all the shit that comes along with those which did ultimately led to me becoming a musician and artist.
What’s the first show you went to?
Two come to mind, first ever concert I ever went to was a Lil Wayne show at the convention center, area type show like where the globetrotters would play when there in town. This was mid 2000s when Weezy (Lil Wayne) was still on top I’m talkin Dedication 2 era. I took my little cousin Adrian who was in 7th grade at the time (old soul) with me which was a helluva tryna convince my mom and aunt to let us go by ourselves for sure. We were in the nosebleeds and I just remember the show being banged the fucked out, everyone in close quarters, throwing there set up, decently shit-faced on $20 beer.
Brawl broke out in the row in front of us while Wayne was performing Pussy Monster with an American flag guitar in hand, which is still pretty bizarre when I think about it.
2nd one would be my first actual show, snuck out on a like a Wednesday to meet my cuddies at this cutty little venue called The Rock. Knights of the Abyss was the headliner. At the time I was still heavy into rap over hardcore music, we just went to get into some shit. The venue was 18+ but we got in and they had the bar cut off down the middle of the space with a chain link fence from floor to ceiling, when bands started playing I remember some of the older heads were spitting beer through the holes in the fence at the kids. I vividly remember first song of Knights set the pit blew up and everyone starts 2 steppin.
Some kid my age that was next to me caught a flying backwards fist straight to the teeth busted his whole shit and got carried out by security and I was like Yooooo.
Was my first time experiencing intense music live in person and the violence that comes with it, I was hooked. CHAIN SAW TO THE PUSSY, shouts outs Knights of the Abyss and Elysia.
Photo by @9richuals
What was the name of your first song?
First thing I ever recorded was just freestyles with my cuddies Feyo and VVTGB, was just for fun at the time but definitely what started everything. The name of my first actual song was “Murder Cops”, which was the first song I made with Scumbag Tony from the band CRIMEKILLZ who I later started KATE MO$$ with.
The click up with CRIME was the most important thing in my career I’d say, I would have never made it out of Tucson and to LA if it wasn’t for Scum and N8 Noface real spit. They got a song licensed by the show Workaholics to be used in episode and then moved to LA to fully go in with this music. Scumbag brought me out a matter of months later and that’s where making music got real for me. Scumbag later moved outta the country and is killing it out Seoul Korea on his solo shit and I just kept Kate Mo$$ moving out here. Me and N8 still work together, we have a side project GNARFACE. We’re currently wrapping up our second album called “THIS AINT ART” that will drop later this year.