Cop Turned Lady Gaga’s Bassist on Police Reform, Discrimination & More

Johnny Good, Lady Gaga, bass guitarist

Jacqueline Campanaro

From coop to rock, Johnny Goodfellow Public headlines have experienced two different sides.

While the composer has worked with many stages Lady Gaga, A time when Good, Ni Jonathan Drummond, Used a badge instead of a bass guitar.

“I come from a long line of police officers,” Gude told E! News in an exclusive interview. “My father is a policeman for 30 years, he is now a sergeant, and I have an older brother who is also a police officer. I wanted to do the same thing when I grew up.”

In his early twenties, he worked with the Savannah Police Department, though his career would eventually take an unexpected turn. “I was a cop, but I also started to realize that I had a small musical gift. I would pick up my bass guitar and practice,” he said. “One day, after playing for two years, I wanted to try [to] Break new ground. “With about $ 300, God left for Los Angeles and finally got a chance to work together Keyshia Cole, Miley Cyrus, Joe Jonas, Weekend And Wiz Khalifa

“Then, I got a call to work with Lady Gaga,” he said. “This is the height of my career — I had to play the Super Bowl and Oscar, The Grammys, Coachella. It was quite a switch, I like to say Rock to the police. I thought I was going to be a cop.” Whole life. It was a gamble. “

When he was able to achieve his musical dream, Gud was accepted about leaving law enforcement.

“I miss it to this day,” he told E! news. “My dad and my brother, they’re still out on the ground with their shoes on. A part of me still wishes I were there, but I think my voice will be heard more as an entertainer on this side of the world . But, it is good to be a young black kid with police experience. So, now, living in a world that is falling apart, but actually coming together, I have a little more understanding of the curtains. What’s happening behind the police department and as a black person. So, I’m torn, but at the same time I feel like I’m knowledgeable. “

Following protests against police vandalism among the Black Lives Matter movement and calls to discredit the police, God shared his knowledge of racial discrimination within law enforcement.

“I would be lying if I said that racial discrimination did not exist in the police force. It certainly does,” he said. “And it really starts at the police academy. The academy doesn’t teach a history of black injustice when it comes to the police department. And, as a cop, as a black cop, you’re kind of black people See the high numbers. Arrested – For things like small seeds of weed, like I’m talking about a seed. I’ve just seen the police rip off to find the seed of the weed. And once they get one If the seed is found, that child is going to prison. It’s sad. To see. When you’re out there, it’s always a black man arrested. Injustice definitely happens. “

Protests following the death of George floyd, Gude said, “This is the only way to make an impact and change.”

“The police needs to improve and it needs to be started in the academy,” he said. “It starts with education. My father was a great cop and I am a student of it. So, fortunately for me, I am a good cop. But, in the academy, it is like any school.” It’s for 50 men and women. In a class and you can tell which are going to be good and which are going to be bad. You’re spending time with them every single day. “

He also elaborated on specific ways that the police academy could improve. “I wish there was a better way to talk to your supervisors and voice concerns – to say that this man or this woman said or did something that was about me. I noticed something strange that I was comfortable with. Does not feel, ”he explained. . “I had that experience where I tried to say that I felt that no one should really be a cop. But, a year later, he goes out and tackles an old black woman and breaks her hip. Is. So, I think it starts right there. ” Weeding process. The hiring process is very simple, it is actually very simple. And apart from filing a civil complaint, there is not much you can do if a policeman has a gun and a badge. I think the major issues stem from the academy. . “

He also addressed the issue of profiling. “They need to teach how not to have a profile,” he told E! news. “Any police officer who says they don’t profile, your job is to use your eyes and see what’s going on and a lot of the time, you’re being taught the profile. You’re being taught Is that the crime looks a certain. Way. There is no equality. They teach to use force and use force procedures deadly. But, they don’t teach you how to not make a profile. “

However, it is not just in policing that Goood sees avenues for improvement and awareness. “You see a lot of artists, from Yji , Lady Gaga, standing up and addressing the issues of police vandalism and injustice, helping people learn that Black lives matter. I want artists with big labels who will do more to educate a lot of artists about the history of music, “he said.” In American culture, we see many things from black and brown people. The music and entertainment industry should be at the forefront of bringing about change as it is one of the largest sectors to capitalize on black people. “

Lady Gaga, Johnny Good

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Now, in a time of nationwide activism to donate multi-figure stars, the musician shared how celebrities can make a difference beyond their wallet.

“You see a lot [of] Donations to these leading organizations and this is amazing, but also take a small look at the people you can touch in your daily life and whom you can influence for the first time by supporting black-owned businesses, e.g. For, “he explained.” The platform to educate people on the history of injustice that has been going on for the last 400 years, from the great slave trade to the tears of tears when indigenous people were displaced from their lands and placed on reservations. If you are in a position of power, do your best to ensure that everyone around you has the same and equal chance to succeed. “

As Goat, who has released a new song, “Feel It”, he is pursuing the same goal he had as a police officer: to help.

“As a police officer, my goal was always to help and be a man of service. As a musician, an artist and an entertainer, you want to use your platform to make changes,” he told E ! news. “For both, you want to use your net — no matter how small or wide you are — to help as many people as you can. It’s the same mindset. If you’re a good cop, policing is really A beautiful work. “

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