The question “Who is Chilly Gonzales?” elicits various answers: Berlin underground prankster rapper, workaholic Grammy-nominated producer, melancholic piano virtuoso or Guinness World Record holder. And now film writer, composer, actor and producer.
Gonzales left Canada for Berlin in 1998. Four studio albums, plus Daft Punk and Bjork remixes did him well, but it wasn’t enough. So on to Paris. Collaborations with Feist on her Let It Die and The Reminder albums.
Solo Piano then became Gonzales’ own best selling album, introducing Gonzo to an audience who actually buy music sometimes. The piano pieces were used in documentaries, in films.
But to fully satisfy his insatiable ambition, only one thing was left to do and he did it: Gonzales broke Guinness’ World Record for longest solo concert with 27 hours of piano.