Not surprisingly, conversation is effortlessly rewarding with an artist like Gonjasufi, who focuses on the craft itself rather than the business behind it, and is informed by an eclectic taste in music. Born to a Mexican mother and Ethopion-American father, Gonjasufi’s Chula Vista upbringing and involvement in the 90s Southern California music scene have served him well, allowing him to comfortably and authoritatively traverse intersecting genres of hip hop, experimental music, psych, and more. And while I find our exchange during the course of the interview taking welcome detours as we discuss a shared appreciation for Ariel Pink, Peanut Butter Wolf, and other figures who champion musical ventures outside the mainstream, it becomes apparent that Gonjasufi’s City Heights appearance in August is more far-reaching than just a standard release party.
“Every two months, I’m going to do something like a showcase at the same spot, the Til Two Club”, he explains. “I’ve been wanting to bridge the gap between the L.A. and San Diego scenes, the 90s generation and the new cats, so I reached out to Freestyle Fellowship’s Self Jupiter who’s got a new band with Kenny Segal called the Kleenerz. I also reached out to Koreatown Oddity, who is signed to Stones Throw Records, and is part of the younger generation’s hip hop scene. These are guys that I’m inspired by, and I love what they’re doing.”