Gilbere Forté: “As a child, I remember my mom and dad playing a bunch of soulful music, of course, but what I noticed was the Hall and Oates and Phil Collins records, too. I was fortunate enough to be exposed at an early age to stuff that goes on in the East Coast, the West Coast, and in the South, because when you’re in the Midwest, you’re pulling from everything. I had the privilege of being introduced to Notorious B.I.G., Master P, while also listening to Death Row, and the Geto Boys. I was familiar with all that music as I was continuing to grow.
It was a thrill watching these mystery movies and then I noticed the music and I’m like, ‘How does this music make these scenes have more impact? How can I remember a scene verbatim from a movie I saw as a child?’
"Music was an inspiration but so were movies. My parents were very big on movies so they’d make me watch everything whether it’s rated R or a horror film—everything. I had to sit there and absorb all of it. I thought there was something just so amazing about them.
"As a kid, it’s just pictures, people talking, saying big words and cursing. It was a thrill watching these movies that had mysteries to them and then I noticed the music and I’m like, ‘How does this music make these scenes that have more impact? How can I remember a scene verbatim from a movie I saw as a child?’ I could still think of something just like that because I remember the music and I carry that with me up until the point where I wanted to start creating music in high school."