Claire White, Entertainment Correspondent
Gym Class Heroes are set to perform across the UK in an intimate 5-day tour. With tickets selling fast we caught up with guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo, ahead of the band’s upcoming Glasgow tour date this Monday, to find out more.
Gym Class Heroes are currently signed to American record label Fueled By Ramen, despite the difference in their sound to acts which fill the label’s roster. The band aim to blend the boundaries between hip-hop, rock and RnB describing their music as ‘eclectic love’ guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo explains ‘one of the best parts of being in Gym Class Heroes is the fact that we refuse to conform to any one particular sound, all 4 of us find inspiration in life as well as in every kind of music you can imagine.’
The band are also one of the very few in today’s music industry that have managed to survive. Forming in 1997 the band have been together for a total of 14 years to-date, keeping their music fresh as they approach each release never knowing exactly where the band will end up – both lyrically and sonically, keeping both the band and their fans eager for new material. When performing live Disashi explained that the band ‘genuinely love’ what they are doing and believe that ‘excitement and passion are contagious, especially in the form of self-expression and art’.
Coming to the UK for the band isn’t a standard tour experience, the band feel that ‘musical appreciation over here (in the UK) comes with an openness that is lacking in the US’, proving this a few of the band’s appearances ended up in more crowd interaction than your typical gig – with half the audience literally on stage with the band in what Disashi describes as a ‘glorified rock n’ roll, hip hop, disco dance party’.
With the band’s guitarist married into Irish and Scottish roots, the Glasgow tour date in particular is important for Disashi as it will give him the chance to explore his wife and her son’s heritage that the city has to offer.
Gym Class Heroes play the Arches in Glasgow on October 4th at 7pm.