Interview - The Goldtunes

the goldtunes

The Goldtunes are a new band from New Jersey, let's have a chat with them about their music and music in general.

- Hi guys and welcome to this interview. Tell us about your latest release Paradise.
Hello! This song is a bit more intimate, like our other song Girl in Black. It aims to tackle the troubling issue of calling it quits on a relationship. Oftentimes, you can see it coming from a mile away, so “what’s the point in trying to harbor a dying flame?” Everybody has felt this before, and our goal was to translate it into a somber yet uplifting tune. This song should make you feel as if you are on a tropical island somewhere, visualizing that paradise that you once had. “Paradise” is another installment to the narrative of our future EP, which goes over the stages of a relationship, starting with “History Class” and eventually making its way to the longing for a second chance in “Girl in Black”.

- How would you describe your sound?
Our goals in terms of music differ from the average musician I think. I think it’s very important to note the current climate in both the music industry and recording industry as a whole. Times are changing, or have changed throughout the years and unfortunately, these changes have suppressed the sound most of us rock and rollers grew up with. Now, I’m not bashing any of the new music, in fact, I really like all of it. Indie rock is the new wave, and we are happy to join in for the ride. In no way are we trying to shift it back to what it once was. But, instead we aim to incorporate the familiar elements of the glory days into a more modern sound. Personally, I am extremely interested in the inner workings of the recording art. I believe that musicians should take full advantage of the new tools and gadgets that were introduced throughout the years to develop something fresh, something that people may not be too familiar with. Overall, I would say our sound takes the main elements of Rock and Roll that we all know and love, all while embracing the current musical climate, which makes for a pretty interesting combination.

- What do you write about?
We write about love and liking people most of the time, or a fantasy world. All of our music so far fits into a single narrative, the journey through a standard relationship. We are currently developing ideas for a potential EP!

- What do you listen to when you are home?
Mainly, we both listen to “The Beatles”, “Green Day”, and “Weezer”. I (Jake) also enjoy bands like “The Strokes” “Kanye West” and “The Weeknd”

- Your favourite live performance so far?
Jaded in Chicago- Green Day. No explanation needed. Just Google it.

- Tell us a funny story that happened in studio or on stage.
So we record all of our music in the basement under the stairs. It can be a very stressful environment for recording vocals because you never know when or who is coming down the stairs. To make matters worse, a Bluetooth stereo is connected to our iPhones, so we have had many jumpscares through the recording of all of our tracks. Many YouTube intros have scared the life out of both of us. Thankfully we have some of these situations caught on the microphones, we are keeping them for a rainy day…

- Your favourite albums?
Abbey Road, Weezer Blue album, Bridge over Troubled Water, Dookie and Welcome to the Black Parade. To name a few…

- A musician you would like to meet for a beer?
Good question! I would love to meet Bruce Springsteen for a beer. I think his songwriting is absolutely brilliant. In my opinion, “Born to Run” is the greatest song ever structurally speaking. The tension built and released multiple times throughout the song is a stroke of genius, and I would love to hear the thought process that came with the creation of that track.

- What would you ask for backstage, if you were the most important band on earth?
This may sound cliche, but I would love to meet some of our fans. If we were ever the most important band on earth, I would be extremely curious as to why exactly we are so important. I also really enjoy speaking to people who enjoy the type of music we create. There’s always a bond that is stronger than any I have experienced, and no matter who you are, you share something really special. I would also love some mozzarella sticks, mozzarella sticks would be good.

- What are your plans for the near future?
We just finished recording our next single, “Take Away” which is another addition to our little narrative we have going. It will be released February 11th and we are extremely excited to get it out to everybody!

Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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