Pigeon John is a super talented rapper, musician and storyteller. With a home base in Los Angeles and years of experience under his belt, he holds a lot of insight on the music scene in America.
This interview was originally posted as an audio podcast earlier this year, right before Pigeon John’s newest album, Encino Man, was released. Read on to learn more about his views on the exciting genre of American hip hop, its deep connection to blues and rock, and the storytellers who make it all happen.
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This is Kayla here, with your Murfie podcast. This time, we’re featuring a hip hop artist known as Pigeon John, based out of Los Angeles, California. He’s a great character, with a lot of insight on music and life, so it was a real pleasure chatting with him while he was on tour.
[MUSIC: “Oh Yeah” by Pigeon John]
Kayla: Alright, so right now I have Pigeon John on the phone—how’s it all goin’, Pigeon John?
P.J.: It is goin’…very fine and well.
Kayla: Good, good…where are you calling from?
P.J.: I’m calling from Cleveland, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, actually.
Kayla: No way! Oh, that’s so cool!
P.J.: Yeah, yeah we have a show tomorrow in Cleveland and we had a day off today, so everyone—the whole crew—decided to come on down, visit, get inspired, check out some musical inspiration.
Kayla: Cool! Have you seen some cool stuff there today?
P.J.: Yeah, yeah, for sure, a lot, a lot of stuff…and learned a lot, too.
Kayla: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I mean…that place really goes all across the board. All kinds of legends have been honored by them—
P.J.: Oh, yes.
Kayla: So, I would find that very inspiring, too, on tour. I know you just came through Madison, so how much of the tour do you have left to go?
P.J.: Uh, actually we have twenty-five more dates to go on the tour. And uh, so far so good…it’s been a blast.
Kayla: Mmhmm. I think The Grouch & Eligh, they’re playing on Saturday the 15th in Milwaukee with Slightly Stoopid, if I’m not mistaken.
P.J. Yep, the whole tour’s gonna open up for Slightly Stoopid for like, three dates I believe?
P.J.: In Chicago, Milwaukee, and I believe Detroit?
Kayla: Oooh! So you’re gonna be in Milwaukee, too?