For those who would think that Grems is a psychopath after seeing his videoclip “Rencontre avec un ballon” - (In English : Meeting with a ball), you should know that you are not completely wrong. Graffiti artist, Graphic Designer, Artistic Director, and Rapper but so good at it, at this level this guy could not get away from a magazine like this one. And it’s not the “I don’t like interviews” that changed our opinion. We must say that Grems says what he thinks, he might shock some, but to that, he doesn’t give fuck. At this point we already had a point in common. It’s only after 5 years of studying a degree in fine arts that he finally started his career as a designer, he found his own style which now lets him work on big projects and finally mark an end to 10 years of hard times. Grems did not limit himself to visual creations, it’s in the rap industry that he finds his outlet, and committed to it for a while now. Grems started with the group “Husla” to PMPDJ (in French) “For my pair of Jordans” through a gargantuan amount of albums and solo mixtapes. He took risks by using House or Dubstep as a beat and exposed a whole new flow and sounds on the French HipHop scene. He is definitively a professional, the day we met he held to his commitments, could say what he thought without waffling and didn’t go for half measures.
J / Yo Grems, tell us about your career .
Grems / I think my career speaks for itself. I just work on it, and it’s a pleasure to improve. Any work worth its salary. Believe me and believe in yourself. If you want to know what I do in my life, there are books, Google and everything is in there. The future is in the hands of those who are curious.
J / Now that you have been selling your own graphic designs for many years, you don’t need to adapt yourself to clients’ will, has this anyhow facilitated your work ?
G / If nowadays I give the impression that I don’t have to adapt myself to them it’s certainly because I did it previously for many years. And still, there are still many constraints I have to meet in my projects. The aim is to learn the savoir-faire, this requires years of working and questioning yourself, it’s endless. Answering your question, no, it’s not easy.
J / You also Graff enormously everywhere and your style is really close to the one you have in Design, does it go together ? Is it for you two completely different activities or is it only another method ?
G / It has nothing to do. I’m a Graffiti artist like any other. I use cans in order to make my style. And... sometimes, I do Graffitis. For me, Graffiti is the thing with the most freedom, it’s my passion. Me and my can, it’s the freedom. I’m not really good at explaining myself, but I think it’s a laboratory for experiments, and I love that laboratory.
J / Have you had a period of vandalism? like train depots... motorways...
G / The real ones know.
J / Coming back to your music, you’ve been rapping for a while now, you started with the group “Husla”, then you had your own label “Deepkno” and recently “La Fronce”. The latter with completely different styles. We have the impression that you are from the few willing to make an evolution in the French rap. What do you think about this ?
G / I’m not trying to make any evolution. HipHop it’s something that its meant to grow by principle. Nowadays, it’s completely the opposite, its recessing, in France I mean. I have nothing to offer to the French rap, as no one is interested in anything. This looks normal to me. Wouldn’t you get bored of doing over and over the same thing for 13 years? Anyway, and I’m not the only one trying to make an evolution, everyone brings something to it.
J / In your song “Stachmou” (moustache in French slang) with PMPDJ, you start your first couplet with : “ Fuck the French strikers”. Do you think that French are lazy people that don’t take risks? Is this a reason why we always hear the same shit in the radio ?
G / I think the song talks for itself. It’s a completely anti communita- rianism song. It’s for those who impose their way of thinking with no respect towards ours. A song for all the blacks, whites, Italians, Belgians or French-Japanese, doesn’t matter who. It’s so many of us in the same situation, to suffer others people choics. The strike, well, its simple, when the workers from the national railway block the trains, they don’t ask others opinion, but if all the accountants did the same, it wouldn’t block the whole country. Are these people putting their selves in our shoes for a single second? I have nothing against them, but we have realize that what they are doing is not fair.
J / Tell us a bit more about PMPDJ.
G / It’s my fucking group composed of Entek Starlion, Mim and on scene, accompanied by the blackkenpouperz. A real work between friends, human relations. It’s a strong experience. An enormous pride. An UFO for some, an evidence for the others. It’s up to you, I’m not stepping back at this stage.
J / Thanks for answering all our question, and to conclude with the inter- view. Would you rather chose Derrick May or Wu Tang ?
G / To avoid saying both, I would rather say a good Moodyman. No but, It wouldn’t please everyone, but it doesn’t matter. It’s beautiful to be able to make something unrealizable possible.