In most cases, referring to someone as a triple threat is usually a huge compliment. But in Donald Glover’s—aka Childish Gambino—case, that title doesn’t seem fair. Gambino can act, write, rap, sing and probably much more that we’re not aware of yet. In short, he is just a true creative. In a recent interview with Billboard, Gambino explained what his creative process is like.
Like many other artists, Gambino is most creative when he’s at home. He says he has an empty room in his house where he lets all of his creativity and imagination run wild. It’s full of his music, equipment, spray paint and white walls to use as his canvas. “I wake up every morning and I start grabbing things — spray-painting the walls, recording, writing,” said Gambino. “They’re all connected for me. It’s all about trying to get to the bottom of what being a human is.”
Childish Gambino admitted that although he may seem to be living a double life—acting under his birth name and rapping under a stage name—that there is no dividing line for him. He said, “I don’t separate things, all my ideas bleed into each other.” He also explained that his multitasking career was inspired by surrealist painter Salvador Dali. “I wrote a postcard to myself that said, ‘Never forget Dali.’ He would paint, do sculpture, architecture, film, photography.” Which would explain why Gambino doesn’t feel the need to ever box himself into one specific title or field.