John Gourley Bio
John Gourley is an American Musician, Singer and songwriter from Alaska. He is the lead singer in the Portland Oregon rock band “Portugal”.
Gourley was previously the lead singer in scream punk band, Anatomy of a Ghost. Gourley is also a visual artist, who often uses the alias The Fantastic The.
John Gourley Age
John was born on June 12, 1981 and is currently 41 years old as of 2023.
Family | Early Life
John was born in Alaska to John T. Gourley and Jennifer Van Ingen, He and his two siblings grew up in alaska moving from town to town, wherever their father’s contracting business took them.
He attended Wasilla High School, but dropped out at age 15 to study at home and work in construction with his father.
Gourley joined four fellow Wasilla musicians: his best friend Zach Carothers and the three members of band Nice Guy Eddie (Dewey Halpaus, Joe Simon, and Nick Simon), to form punk band Anatomy of a Ghost in 2002.
They toured across the country and released their album Evanesce in October 2003 on Fearless Records. The members wanted to pursue their own ideas, however, so the band split up in May 2004. Gourley and bassist Carothers formed Portugal. The Man.
John Gourley Career
He has been the lead singer and vocalist in the rock band “Portugal The Man” as from 2002 till present.
John Gourley Wife | Children
He is married to his long time bandmate Zoe Manville and have a daughter named “Frances Theadore Gourley born in 2011.
Gourley with his wife Zoe and daughter Frances
John has an estimated net worth of 1.7 million dollars as of 2023.
John Gourley Artwork
Apart from singing john is also a huge fan of art and is an artiste himself.
John’s art work
John Gourley Instagram
“Interview on Nice Kicks”
You’re no newcomer to the culture — you actually grew up with an affinity for hip-hop didn’t you?
Yeah yeah, that’s kind of how I got into music. I was into a lot of artists at the time but I’ll just give you the one — and I’m sure it’s a lot of people’s one — and that’s Wu-Tang.
Hearing Wu-Tang for the first time as a kid really opened up my eyes to all of this. Just, what was happening in the world and the whole changing of the guard of what was happening in music at that time. What connected with me was the production.
It was RZA more than anything. It is the group — and the whole group mentality, like the family mentality — that I had grown up with, so right away I had this connection of just family and togetherness.
How everybody gets their verse, and it all centers around this chorus, where there’s this stomp or whatever it is.
It’s not very often you’ll hear a rock band who’s biggest inspiration was Wu-Tang.
It was the production man. RZA just… ok, so — myself having done this before — you don’t know you’re doing it while you’re doing it. RZA captured something really amazing in sampling the soul records that he went into.
What he was capturing was something that resonated with so many people, across all cultures and all genres, because he was sampling this era of music that everybody is familiar with. It was so nostalgic in a way. You wouldn’t need to know what song he’s sampling.
What you were hearing was a really limited amount of amplifiers and mics and guitars at the time, and you’re hearing the mic that was used on those old Motown recordings. It may not be a Motown sample, but it was the same mic that was used on a Motown recording.
Same type of amplifier, same type of guitar.He was capturing all these tones that were very nostalgic for me, being a kid that grew up with oldies radio and Motown and soul and The Beatles and things like that.
He was capturing a lot of these tones so it was just something that was immediately familiar to me. Immediately nostalgic. Then suddenly, so was this whole, new sense of community. Of cool, flow, vibe and just… Fuck it. [laughs] I don’t give a fuck, it’s my verse, I’m gonna say what I want.
Even if it doesn’t relate to the verse that came before it — it’s my turn. It was just really exciting, it was really eye opening to see this approach to music that doesn’t necessarily relate to the chorus. It just revolves around it; that this is my experience and my life, revolving around this centerpiece.
Was this while you were still in Alaska?
Yeah yeah yeah. Everybody in the group of friends was… Oh, I’m RZA, My buddy is Ol’ Dirty Bastard, my other friend is Raekwon.
Like, We got The Chef! That was all of our group of friends, and I’ve met so many people who have the same thing within their group of friends. So we’d joke, Which one of you is Method Man? You know?
Was listening to Wu-Tang and other rap artists how you got into street culture?
Yeah, I would say so — obviously like Beastie Boys, Run DMC… LL Cool J was Kangol and Adidas. It was just kind of a part of it, you know? Granted, I grew up in Alaska so you have to understand too, we don’t have stores!
We don’t have the same shops that they do in New York or LA, or any other city. So we were really like, kids, out trying gather these different pieces that we would find to just try to dress that thing, to do that style as best we could. You could only get so far but we made it work.
That’s funny, I was curious how accessible sneakers were out there. I’d assume there weren’t very many sneaker camp-outs in Alaska?
No, no. There were not [laughs]. I remember the first pair of sneakers I ever got was the Jordan 7s. That must of been around 1992; they were the Cardinal 7s.
I remember, getting those shoes and immediately after I got ‘em — again I’m a little kid, I wear like a size 8 — a story came out that somebody had been killed for their sneakers in Fairbanks, Alaska, for the same Jordan’s that I had! My mom was immediately like, Alright, well… you can’t wear these.
For some reason that story has always stuck with me, like, man they’re killing people for sneakers out here? Really? In Alaska?
I just remember that story and going to the movie theater (where that incident had happened). Every time I would go to that movie theater I would just think about that horrible story like Oh my Gosh! and then — the Jordans my mom wouldn’t let me wear.
Do you ever find yourself inspired by anything outside of music?
Yeah definitely. Style, for sure. My love for streetwear for instance comes from watching movies, just growing up and watching a lot of films. I grew up in a place where it was cold all day long in the winter and dark all day long, I would watch three movies a day most days.
That’s where my sense of style sort of comes from; basically watching a stylized version of reality, throughout my entire childhood. The style that was in the movies or in the music videos, that was the style that I was exposing myself to and being attracted towards.
Art for sure. Sneakers— people like Wex! There are just really inspiring people that we get to be around. There’s all kinds of things that inspire you in different ways. I like the sense of community, that’s what makes you want to come write music.
Or watching the Trailblazers, seeing how Dame runs the team and takes charge. It’s seeing that sense of community in different things outside of music, and seeing that style in things outside of music.
If I were just following rock ‘n roll, I’d be wearing a leather jacket [laughs] and have a cool haircut. But that’s not rock ‘n roll to me. The Trailblazers are rock ‘n roll to me. Plenty of painters; Cleon Peterson is rock ‘n roll to me. Virgil man! Wex. These dudes are all punk. It’s just real.