Chilly Gonzales on Orchestral Rap and Dueling John Mayer


Chilly Gonzales has been on an artistic rampage for well over a decade now. The Canadian-born, Paris-based artist once known as Jason Beck has collaborated with Peaches, Feist, and Jamie Lidell; released numerous albums of rap, pop, and instrumental piano music; wrote, starred in, and released his own feature film; and broken the world record for solo piano performance (after playing for over 27 hours straight).

His latest is The Unspeakable Chilly Gonzales

, an album that blends rap with orchestral music, arranged by his film composer brother, Christophe Beck. We caught up with Chilly at home in Paris for an interactive video interview, in which he reveals his love of Jewish humor, explains the connection between hip-hop and South Park, and challenges John Mayer to a duel.

Control the interview in the player below by clicking on the question of your choice to receive an immediate response. Also be sure to check out other artists in the Flavorpill Interactive Interview Series, including Chiddy Bang, Ellie Goulding, and Sasha Grey.

For more Chilly Gonzales, visit his official website, become a fan on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, and buy a copy of the new album