Gary has always been interested in English Literature. He has read works by Chaucer, Milton, Beowulf, and Shakespeare.
Featured Music in TV Shows:
"Something Else" - 3-3: Reunion of Alias
"Something Else" - 5-21: My Fallen Idol of Scrubs
"Falling Awake" - 1-21: Grapes of Wrath of Brothers & Sisters
"Falling Awake" - 3-12: Six Days (2) of Grey's Anatomy
"Mad World" - 1-17: One Man's Terrorist of Jericho
"Mad World" - 2-11: Visage of Smallville
"Mad World" - 1-1: Pilot of CSI
"Mad World" - 6-2: Room Service of CSI
"Mad World" - 6-14: Killer of CSI
"Mad World" - 6-24: Way To Go of CSI
These are some of the artists Gary was listening to while growing up and who have influenced the way he has written his own music: Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, and Joni Mitchell.
Gary graduated from The Bishop's School in La Jolla, California and finished his B.A. degree in English at UCLA.
His parents are Gary J. Aguirre, a former SEC investigating attorney, and Marie Aguirre.
Gary's earlier bands included Kofi, The Origin, The Ivory Knights, Woodenfish and Our Town Pansies.
The cover song "Mad World" was UK's Christmas Number One Single of 2003.
"Mad World" is the song by Gary Jules in the trailer for the game Gears of War.
Gary: Ideally, I would love to sing for an audience of 3,000 (or 30,000) people who are so cool that it feels like 3 people. I like to try and connect on a very personal level, and I'd like nothing more than for 3,000 people to come together and have an extremely intimate experience all-together at my shows.
Gary: There are seven billion ways to sing, and seven billion ways to dance - and unless you're trying to sell it, singing and dancing is only for the enjoyment of the participant.
Gary: I think selling shitty music is ruining the sales numbers, and that it's compounded by people being able to get the music they want (and ONLY what they want) from other avenues.
Gary: When Mike and I made Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets together, I was going after a completely different thing, which was the equation was more like: make music that you care about, go out and play it for people. Period.
Gary: Getting back in the van and getting on the road is like going home to me!
Gary: I've seen a lot of friends who I was living hard with wind up dead or in jail or back at their parent's house, like some emotional Syd Barrett. And others sold out and are miserable. For the ones who are still there putting their work where their mouth is, I salute them no matter what they had to do to keep going.
Gary: Write songs you care about and then go out and sing them for people. If those people feel the same way, then you build a group of people and a vibe. Those are equally important to one another.
Gary: I think one could make a very good argument that a lot of art, particularly music, is born of suffering. I think the person who writes songs with a deeper resonance makes it their business to think about things like that.
Gary: (on the implementation of digital music) I am a fan of whatever works for people. The music industry pre-internet was not really working for people, at least it wasn't facilitating the new ways that people were wanting to use music.
Gary: If you really want to be an artist, expect to be struggling forever. You have to love exactly what [it] is you're doing. If you do love it, it doesn't matter what the rest of the world thinks, which is the greatest part.
Gary: We had our parents' dreams in one hand and our own high hopes in the other, but the reality is that people get very strung out, on women, or drugs, and then end up getting their teeth kicked in.
Gary: (on what could have happened to him if he didn't pursue a career in music) Well the hip-hop answer to that question would be, Thanks to the Creator, 'coz if it weren't for music, I'd be in jail now!
Gary: I found out that people through the ages are exactly the same as now, they had the same issues, the same desires. One thing that's clear when you read old literature is that there are some great universal truths - things like fart jokes, guys screwing other people's wives and the hunger for power.