GL: I guess this is always a tough question. It’s just the music that comes out naturally. Lots of harmonies and guitars.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
GL: In the case of our debut album, inspiration came from the things that have happened to us in the three years since we moved to NY from our home in Spain. Being far from home but at the same time learning and taking in all the new things this place has to offer.
CH.89: What made you all want to start a band?
GL: We came to NY to play some shows with our previous band and we loved it so much, Carlos and I decided to move here, so starting a new band was the logical next step seeing as we left our other band behind and life was so different here that it only made sense to start a new band rather than continuing with our previous band. And after writing some new songs we met Dave and started playing around NY.
CH.89: How did the name GOLD LAKE come about?
GL: For Carlos, the image it represents seemed like a peaceful place when it first came to him.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new album?
GL: We set out to write an album that would have some sort of a concept, more like what albums were like for a while after musicians and artists got tired of the single by single fixation of the industry. We liked the idea of making an album where each song was it’s own thing, but that if you heard it in one go it would take you through a sort of journey. We always start with the instrumental parts of the songs, Carlos usually comes up with something that catches our attention and we take it from there.
CH.89: What would you want people/ the listener to take from your music?
GL: I think the idea of the “concept” that I was talking about in my previous answer. We like the idea of taking someone on a journey, through what we have lived and all that has changed within and around us.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
GL: We try to live as much as we can, see as much as we can, read, watch and listen as much as we can to then translate all of what we have taken in and process it into something we can call our own. So, basically lots of playing at home trying to channel our thoughts into music and then also a lot of business side of things, which is perhaps the most tedious part of music.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way?Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
GL: I think it depends entirely on the day and the mood you are in. It is true that for us having a bit of a timetable helps, we try to set aside the same time every day, we like the mornings, but then sometimes that extends over to other parts of the day.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist?
GL: I think that perseverance, confidence and positivity are the things that any artists most needs.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
GL: I like it when bands get on stage and are dressed up a little in any way that they feel helps their music stand out from the rest. Of course, I don’t in the slightest bit dislike bands who just get on there in a t-shirt and jeans, the music is always, always, always the most important thing, that is of course the bottom line. But I like going to watch a band who gets ready to go on stage and makes me feel like they acknowledge the fact that I paid money to see them and that I’d like to get something special. So, no it’s not of the highest importance, but I think it helps. After all, everything usually comes in through your eyes first.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
GL: I think self-doubt, which is a common denominator for I’m sure absolutely every single artist out there at some point or another, that is perhaps the worst thing. On one hand it helps keep you in line and keep trying to produce the best work you can create, but on the other it can sometimes paralyze you. And it depends on so many external and internal factors that you never really know what steers the fan to blow in one direction or another.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
GL: The freedom, the idea of being able to do what you love.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way?
GL: Many, many artists. In music, David Bowie, The Kinks, The Beatles (of course), Love, and a super long etcetera that would never end. In the arts, Mark Ryden is one of our current favorites.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
GL: I think technology as a tool is extremely useful. It helps the artist in a myriad of ways, starting from being able to get out there a little more easily than before, although that doesn’t mean it’s simple and uncomplicated either. And of course, for the actual creative process, technology is god sent. We demoed all our songs for months at home which made it very easy to get into the studio and knock out all the songs on the album in just 10 days.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
GL: Not really, I think everyone has their own way of viewing the world. I think people can be creative no matter what they do, they don’t have to be artistic to be creative. I think scientists, mechanics, and many other people are just as creative as artists, even if they aren’t considered to be following creative paths per se.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
GL: We absolutely love traveling! It is one of the best things, and most definitely the best school in the world, it opens your mind, it makes you see things you would never have believed and it makes you realize how truly we are all the same deep down! We love so many cities it would be hard to pick just one. Perhaps if we could create one city it would be the laid-back yet city feel of San Francisco, the modernity of Amsterdam, the avant-gardness of Berlin, the party and night life of Madrid, the culture of New York, and the weather of LA.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
GL: We have many favorite authors, and are avid readers. It would be hard to choose just one author or book. I think Salman Rushdie is one of my favorites. Doris Lessing and her book The Good Terrorist is brilliant. And I really enjoyed reading Alexander McCall Smiths’ No1. Ladies Detective Agency series.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your music?
GL: We will be releasing a single from our debut album, YEARS, which we worked on with Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, The Walkmen), together with a remix by The Helio Sequence as a B-Side on June 18th. After that our main aim is to get on a tour and start playing the US as much as possible and eventually release our album before the end of the year, hopefully!
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
GL: Someone who’s not afraid of exploring new territories and wants to grow and continually expand.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your music?
GL: People have described our music as cinematographic, so I guess it has that silver screen feel to it for some.
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