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Gus Dapperton Interview w/ WRSU

By Danielle Ciampaglia

In a bleak, often uninspired, Coronavirus ridden society, Gus Dapperton has come to the rescue. His upcoming sophomore album, Orca, comes out September 18th and already has two singles with over six million Spotify streams combined. 

“First Aid” and “Post Humorous” focus heavily on themes of mental health and devastation. In my interview with him, he talks about how all of Orca focuses on heavier themes, “I’ve been really obsessed with writing about those emotions…I never even thought to write about pain and suffering and whatnot, and ever since I started doing that with this project it felt really good.” 

Dapperton hasn’t been shy with quarantine content, posting live versions and lyric videos for both singles. To be more specific, he posted three lyric videos for “First Aid”and two for “Post Humorous,” all with different twists. My personal favorite is “Gus Dapperton – First Aid (but you’re crying in a bathroom with Jaeden Martell) [Lyric Video].” Dapperton’s creative abilities have always stretched beyond writing and producing, he never fails to provide an entire sensory experience. His music videos are colored to perfection and he never sticks to one aspect ratio. His visual mastery mixed with his individualized music style really puts a spotlight on him in the indie scene.

I was lucky enough to take part in a Campus Campfire Circle featuring Dapperton, hosted by in2une Music. In one big Zoom call, we got to listen to some of Dapperton’s new music, ask him questions, and experience how introspective he can be. His favorite song is “Post Humorous,” which compares his first experience of death to what he knows now. He describes these songs as “more raw” than his other music. His writing style changed with this album, thinking less with his head and more with what he felt at that moment. 

With just two songs out, Orca is already oozing with vulnerability and emotional depth. This album couldn’t come to us at a better time, a band-aid over quarantine’s psychological turmoil. In the same way that his early EP’s put him on the map, Orca is sure to keep him there. 

Watch the entire interview here: