The multihyphenate entertainer gnash is happy to just be alive.
Calling from his hometown of Los Angeles, gnash (known to his parents as Garrett Nash) is looking up at the “wonderful blue sky, with wispy clouds.”
“It’s going to be somewhere around 90 degrees today, which is one of my favorite kinds of weather possible,” says the songwriter, singer, rapper and producer. “I couldn’t be happier.”
He was home, but also in the middle of his “The Sleepover Tour,” which comes to the Marquee Theater on Wednesday, April 5.
“One of the best things about Arizona is it’s so close to home,” he says. “If I forgot anything, UPS is cheaper. I also love the energy that comes across in Arizona. I’m an L.A. boy at the end of the day—born and raised. Just like the UPS thing, the food is comparable. It just feels good when I’m in Arizona.”
“The Sleepover Tour” comes on the heels of an international jaunt that promoted the global success of the three-times-platinum single “i hate u, i love u,” featuring Olivia O’Brien. Recently signed to Atlantic Records, gnash also released his “homegrown” documentary via The Fader and YouTube Music and released the video for “something.”
Gnash is preparing to visit the Radio Disney Music Awards on April 29, when he will find out if “i hate u, i love u” will take home the prize for Best Breakup Song.
“It’s been a crazy couple years,” gnash says with a laugh. “It’s just been a whirlwind experience. You can’t predict something like this. The universe just plays them out.”
Gnash says he’s continually writing music. He jots down whatever he is feeling. When he wakes up, he doesn’t listen to music unless a song is in his head. Then he’ll only listen to that tune to make it go away.
“But 50 percent of the time I’ll start singing something and realize it’s not a song yet,” gnash adds. “I’m writing songs about how I feel and submitting them to be released as soon as possible. I want to put out as much music as possible and see how people react to it. People are connecting with me in the stomach for all the right reasons.”
Gnash knew early on that he wanted to be in the entertainment industry, considering his mother and godmother were in the film business. He was obsessed with the show Entourage and the character Ari Gold when he was younger. He thought maybe he wanted to be an agent. At 15, he interned in the industry, but found it wasn’t for him. He shifted gears to music and interned at Jack Johnson’s label, which was around the corner from his home.
“I started making my own stuff,” he says. “My dad bought me a $200 mic from Guitar Center and I started doing vocals with my friends from high school. Then I made the u, me and us EPs and surprise dropped them over the last year and a half.
“I ended up with a three-times-platinum single and three awesome EPs. I guess I made the right decision.”
His goal for the rest of the year is to focus on touring.
“I really want to ensure that every single person watching the show goes home and tells everyone it’s the best show they’ve ever seen,” he says. “I want them to say it connected with them and made them feel the way that a concert hasn’t done before. That’s what you can expect.”
Gnash w/Sweater Beats, MAX, Imad Royal, Wrenn, Tulpa & Blankt and more, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, $25.