Broadtube Music ChannelGood In The Dark

December 5, 2017by Kolade Olamide0

Tell us about yourself. 

My guitarist Grant and I live in Harrisburg, PA and our drummer Carlos lives in Chicago, IL. I make a living by teaching piano and songwriting at a music center.

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Tell us about yourself as an artist. 

I played, recorded, and toured as a musician in Chicago for 12 years with Carlos in lots of bands, including a disco-punk project called Bring Your Ray Gun and a 60s French Pop band called The Ye-Ye’s. I mainly play keys and bass, along with some guitar.

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Tell us the reason you decided to go into music. 

Music is the only way I feel self-actualized. I never feel happier or more like myself than when I’m playing or writing.

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Tell us about the story behind your song. 

This song is an experiment with pop elements; I wanted to see if I could take a simple idea done over and over in pop music, instant infatuation with a stranger, and do it in a way that felt authentic to me. This whole record is a sort of experiment with pop for me – I used to hate it, but in the last few years it’s become an obsession of mine. I think reinventing pop and finding the art in it is really fascinating.

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Tell us about the recording and production of the song. 

We do everything ourselves, and a lot of the process has been long-distance since we live in different cities. We shared files for a while via Splice and eventually rented a cabin at a halfway point in Ohio where we could meet and record the drums, vocals, and bass over a weekend. Most of the production work is done by Carlos, with lots of my feedback throughout the process.

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Tell us the artists you will like to collaborate with in the future. 

We would love to have anything to do with DFA Records or their bands and producers – that’s the aesthetic we love most.

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Tell us the names of blogs, radio or TV stations that have supported you so far. 

Mystic Songs and buffaBLOG have shown us love so far, along with lots of good feedback from music blogs around the country. We’ve got a press page on our website with some quotes and reviews you can check out.

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Tell us the kind of work you like to do apart from music. 

I love teaching music, especially to girls. I run a Girls Rock Band summer camp every year and it’s awesome to see young women empowered when they pick up an instrument or learn how to write a song.

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State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your music. 

https://facebook.com/goodinthedark

https://instagram.com/goodinthedark

https://goodinthedark.bandcamp.com

https://www.goodinthedark.com

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Tell us more about your music career and experience so far. 

I spent almost a decade in Chicago devoted to a small number of projects and it was difficult to start over from scratch when I relocated to the mid-Atlantic. It’s totally worth it to have my own project again, though, where I can invest in myself and have creative control over my vision for the band.

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Tell us your favourite artistes and the reason for choosing them.

Metric – the way they combine thoughtful lyrics with dance music is admirable, and Emily Haines’ energy onstage is incredible.

LCD Soundsystem – again, brilliant songwriting mixed with dance music. We’re named after a lyric from one of their songs.

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – love the arrangements and how much they embrace noise, plus Karen O is an amazing frontperson.

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Tell us your definition of a hit song. 

“You wanted a hit/well this is how we do hits/you wanted a hit/but that’s not what we do”

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Tell us your happiest moment in your music career. 

Touring down to the 2014 SXSW music festival in Austin. It was the best week of my life.

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Tell us about the genre of your music. 

Post-pop + disco-punk + synth-rock.

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Tell us the names of music producers you will prefer for music production and state your reasons. 

We’re all DIY so I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish on our own with production.

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Tell us the secret behind success in life. 

Balancing ambition vs being happy with what you already have.

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Tell us your view on signing to a major label and “Doing It Yourself”. 

We’ve always done everything ourselves, which has its own rewards (total freedom) and challenges (no financial support, doing every band job yourself whether it’s booking, promoting, designing, songwriting, recording, etc.). I always joke that I want to get signed so that someone with a business degree can take care of all that stuff and leave me alone to just write songs and tour.

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Tell us the challenges you are facing as a musician. 

Finding a balance between working enough to support myself financially while still having enough free time for creativity and pursuing an artistic project like GITD.

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Give a piece of advice to your fans.

Support your local music scene and go to DIY shows and buy something from the merch booth to help the bands get to the next stop on their tour.

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