On the back of a busy 2018 that included “Teddy Perkins,” “Solo” and “This is America,” Donald Glover is in the midst of his final tour as Childish Gambino. Composer and frequent collaborator Ludwig Göransson, who worked with Gambino on his last several albums and on the “This is America” single, speculated as to what might be next for Glover musically.
“I have no idea if he’s going to call himself Daddy Gambino or what’s going to happen, but hopefully I’ll be a part of it,” Göransson said jokingly in an interview with TheWrap. “He’s such an inventor and such a Renaissance man. What he does to people is do the most unexpected things. He’s so connected with the world, and I’m sure he’s going to find some kind of medium to make everyone drop their jaws.”
Göransson, who is the composer on “Creed II,” “Venom” and “Black Panther” — and that’s just in 2018 — assured TheWrap that if Glover said he plans to hang up his Childish Gambino alter ego, he means it.
“If he makes a statement like that, I think he’s a serious person,” Göransson said. “Music is such a part of his life, so I’m sure he’s going to invent some new way of doing music or art or whatever it is. But if he says he’s done with Childish Gambino — he’s done.”
Göransson received three Grammy nominations for producing Childish Gambino’s album “Awaken, My Love!” and for his hit song “Redbone.” He described their time in the studio together as “extremely focused” and always coming out of the studio with a new song in hand.
But while Göransson is known for marrying styles and genres in his film scores, Göransson admitted that working with Glover has a way of always catching him by surprise.
“It’s really fun to work with Donald because I never know what to expect,” he said. “On a new project, on a new song. It can go anywhere. I didn’t know we were going to do a psychedelic-funk album!”
Check out more from TheWrap’s conversation with Göransson here.