London-based artist Goldzbrough makes dark and compelling pop and hip hop, using his creative talent to explore universal lyrical themes. His latest, ‘Like It Was’, reminisces over happy recollections and stories from the past and having the desire to go back and relive them one last time. We caught up with him to find out more.
As long as you have a good vibe that everyone can dig, then that’s all that matters. I’m just happy to be putting out music I enjoy and have zero pressure.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
My Uncle and my Dad introduced me to music at a very young age. My uncle was a serious Harp player and had a massive CD collection. I used to secretly borrow all of his music until he caught me! But he let me off by giving me most of his collection.
Then there was my dad who had a massive vinyl collection and from that I became a huge Simon and Garfunkel fan, along with many more. Music was always integrated into my surroundings. Friends that were in bands always let me sit in and be that guy in the corner. I always thought I would be a drummer, but I soon realised it was hard work haha. I wanted to be in a band, so I ended up trying to play every instrument.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
Yes absolutely. The Who were a huge inspiration, but my taste of genres is so diverse. One day I’ll be listening to Massive Attack, then The Prodigy, and then Method Man. My go-to on Spotify is Paul Simon and OneRepublic… I just love their lyrics so much.
How would you describe your musical style?
Very diverse. I don’t stick to a particular production style. As long as it hits me and I get a vibe then I’m happy. No rules in my book.
I don’t know. Just sounded good to me instead of my full name. Artist names are irrelevant to me. It’s all about the music; that should be the selling point. As long as you have a good vibe that everyone can dig, then that’s all that matters. I’m just happy to be putting out music I enjoy and have zero pressure.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be and why?
Definitely Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. His style is so uplifting and comes across as a decent, and respectful human being.
Tell us about your latest single, ‘Like It Was’. What’s it about?
It came from a phone call to an old friend. We were talking about the days where we used to hang out, and do things that kids do; who grew in to young adults having a good time. It’s about those moments that you wish you could relive.
It even happens now, I was just speaking with another friend of mine about when we used to go to festivals, or sit in his house and listen to music and just laugh. Everyone has a moment that takes you back to a memory that makes you feel so content. I just wish it was like that some times.
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote it in my sister in laws house. It was when COVID-19 started and I couldn’t go to a studio. I set up a small studio in her house instead, and I suppose it was the pandemic and the lockdown that also helped with the meaning of this song.
How does ‘Like It Was’ represent your style?
Like I said, I don’t have a specific style. But I would say lyrically every song has to be a reality. No made up prefabricated story… it has to be real.
What are your hopes for ‘Like It Was’?
I hope it gets the attention, and people react to it the way I feel. It takes you back and makes you think of the good old days. I don’t hope for much in this game, but I’m just happy that people listen to my music. Even if it’s just one person… I’d be happy with that.
How’s 2020 looking against the backdrop of the Coronavirus? How has it affected you?
Well I’m also a signed writer producer working with many Artists major and emerging; so that keeps me busy. But it’s tough as I like being in the room with the artists and the writers. But as an Artist myself, I just hope to keep making music and putting it out. I might even attempt a live online gig…but who knows?
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
It would be at the age of 16! It would have been the year of 1997, and I would tell myself to spend more time with your family… because one day you will regret it!!!
Listen to ‘Like It Was’ on SoundCloud below. For the latest, find GOLDZBROUGH on Facebook.