Donald Glover, known to fans of his music as Childish Gambino, has indicated he might be shelving the Childish Gambino project and name as he pursues another chapter in his career.
While promoting his new film The Lazarus Effect on the US Today Show, Glover said that while he intends to continue making music in some capacoty, it might be time to move on from the Childish Gambino onstage persona.
“I always want to do music, like I love music. I’m already putting out projects quietly everywhere and I want to produce,” he said. “I guess Childish Gambino is like a period in my art time, and I want to have periods in my life, so I feel like Childish Gambino is a period that should come to a close. I like endings.”
“I look at my life as something you should be able to paint. I think it is kind of like performance art,” he added. Glover is set to appear in the upcoming film The Lazarus Effect and released his latest Childish Gambino EP STN MTN/Kauai, featuring hit single Sober, in 2014.
Glover explained last year that the STN MTN / KAUAI project is not only a direct continuation of the story first established on his 2011 debut, Camp, and continued on Because the Internet, but said it serves as a lead-in for his next full-length studio album.
Glover’s stage name, Childish Gambino, famously came from an online Wu-Tang Clan name generator. Speaking with the Today Show, he did not give any timeframe as to when he might decide to hang up his stage name but he has already been named on the 2015 Bonnaroo Festival lineup.