By Nicholas Jason Lopez
He’s more than just some late night fun now.
Known as the longtime “Late Late Show With James Corden” house band drummer, Guillermo E. Brown also goes by the name of experimental R&B/jazz extraordinaire Pegasus Warning.
Under that specific moniker, he has dropped two EPs and one LP called ‘Inspiration Equation,’ the latter of which involved collaborations with Wynne Bennett, Nia Andrews, serpentwithfeet, Biako and Mocky, to name a few.
The Music Bugle had the chance to talk with the artist about adjusting to the music scene after COVID-19, NYC life and more, which you can check out below.
Music Bugle – How would you describe New York City to someone who has never been there before?
Pegasus Warning – New York City gives off an extremely breakneck-speed-moving, money-draining behemoth of happiness, painful, inspiring, humorous, home-like – but not – place-space healing-feeling.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Pegasus Warning – I can do absolutely anything I want to with my style of music. With my music, it is my intent to build a hovercraft that allows me to shape-shift, boundary-cross, heal and inspire those inside my community and create a musical object that reaches beyond my immediate community to engage, inspire and heal.
Music Bugle – What was the moment that made you want to become a musician?
Pegasus Warning – When I was very young. It’s very hard to say the exact moment, because in my home, music was deeply intertwined with being-ness, as if to say that breathing or running or swimming or any type of play is the same as drumming or singing.
Music Bugle – How did you decide on your artist name?
Pegasus Warning – In a dream. It came to me in a dream and as I began to unpack and trace the mythological and spiritual dimensions of a kind of intrinsic Greco-Roman-Jamaican culture that is part of the mainframe of storytelling in the 21st Century, I found that the “pegasus” represents dreams and dreaming and the very source of inspiration and the warners or “warning” represents a kind of prophetic vision to remind myself to keep going in this music life.
Music Bugle – What was it like putting together your ‘Inspiration Equation’ LP?
Pegasus Warning – Truly one of the greatest experiences of my life putting ‘Inspiration Equation’ together. My intention with my music is to try and create a framework to distribute fantastical, joyous waveform vibrations to the world.
Music Bugle – Of the collaborations you’ve done, which ones stand out as your favorite?
Pegasus Warning – Too many to name just a few. That feels like picking a favorite child.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Pegasus Warning – The feeling of impending doom does not cease and so to cope with that, I am creating more music. The psychological toll of seeing members of my community victimized by misinformation, makes me feel lost. The isolation of this moment makes me thankful for the spiritual dimension in music as a healing force.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Pegasus Warning – YATTA, Duma, Rush Davis, MNDR, Don Blackman, L’Rain, Colloboh, Silka, Tania Leon and Twinkie Clark.
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Pegasus Warning – Swimming.