Within any group or band there’s a fundamental rule – everyone should play a part. If you’re making music and it feels like you’re just a bookend there to balance out the numbers…then you probably are. Fortunately in the case of switched-on quintet Goldman, made up of Hayley, Paulo, Alex and Bos, everyone seems to bring something different and the end result is timeless-sounding Pop that you know will still sound as enjoyable 10 or 20 years into the future long after Nicki Minaj’s bum has deflated. With an excellent portfolio of songs assembled for you to listen to and some live performances planned during the summer it seemed like the right time to ask them some questions:
Goldman was first started by Hayley and Paulo. How did you two first know each other?
Paulo: Hayley and I met at secondary school. When we realised we were both huge music geeks we started hanging out and did a few performances together at school talent shows and the like. I moved away to London for university and when I moved home years later I asked her if she wanted to help me finish writing a song I’d started called ‘Don’t Forget To Breathe’. Hayley had a song called ‘Catch You’ that she’d written lyrics and melody for and so it went from there!
And how did you stumble across the remaining members?
Paulo: I worked with Alex for a company called Indie Mobile in Bristol, he was the head of the content team that I was part of. Alex did a remix of ‘The One’ and after that he asked a few times if Hayley and I would write a song and he’d produce it but I kept thinking ‘I dont know how to write a dance track’. Took a while for me to work out that it didn’t have to be a dance track and that Alex can pretty much turn his hand to anything, so we got him on board.
I met Ian in a music shop in Bristol. I went in to buy a bit of equipment I needed and he was this ball of energy and enthusiasm. I didn’t say anything at the time but I knew pretty much immediately that I wanted him involved in some capacity, so I checked him out online to make sure was as talented as he was energetic and then when our previous guitarist left the band, that’s when I approached him.
Growing up, did you each have any pop obsessions that you’d care to share?
Hayley: The Backstreet Boys without a doubt! Though it might not have been a musical thing, I genuinely believed I would one day marry Nick Carter.
Paulo: When I was maybe 3 or 4 my nan bought me the first music I ever owned on cassette. She bought me Bad by Michael Jackson and Kylie’s first album. I played them relentlessly on my little Fisher Price tape player which was probably meant for kids stories! – I guess being exposed to pop music of high standards at an early age began shaping my musical taste.
Alex: My childhood musical obsession was Top of the Pops! I’d watch it religiously every Thursday (and then it moved to Fridays) – I even remember going to a party with my parents and asking their friends if I could watch it there. I was particularly into the dance music acts, so all the crossover rave acts like The Prodigy and KLF, and eurodance like Capella and 2 Unlimited were what I’d cross my fingers for! But I also had a massive Michael Jackson obsession – my tape of Bad went everywhere with me!
Bos: My Dad used to be a wedding DJ so I was subjected to the Top 40 non-stop for about 6 years in my teens. My obsession has never been with any one genre – melody, harmony structure and drums are my obsessions.
You describe yourselves as “Urban Electro-Acoustic Pop” – thats’ quite a wide umbrella term! How else would you describe your music?
Hayley: Unpretentious, melody-driven, classy pop.
Paulo: Proper pop songs with various twists.
Alex: Eclectic! We’re not afraid to mix things up a bit, but it’s very much grounded in pop.
Bos: Poppy pop, pop. Proper Pop. Popper. Poppady pop pop!
What do you dislike most about music clogging up the iTunes Top 10 and how do you think you can offer something different/better?
Hayley: Too many people are trying to sound current instead of trying to sound like themselves. It might get them in the top ten but it makes it all sound the same. That’s why something like the Gotye track is quite refreshing.
Paulo: I loathe artists who seem to have about 5 singles a week out. There’s one particular culprit at the moment! I’d say we offer something unique in that we have a contemporary sound but proper songs underneath, we don’t write one verse and repeat it ten times, throw in a breakdown and call it a ‘song’. That would be massively dissatisfying.
Alex: Like most people, I’m so tired of TV talent shows churning out mediocre covers and proclaiming people superstars before they’ve proven themselves. We’re creating music that we want to make and using our own skills to create it, which feels much more ‘real’. I can’t imagine there’s much pride involved in some of the cookie-cutter stuff that’s about at the moment.
Bos: What they said!
What things do you have planned for the summer that we should be shouting from mountains about?
Paulo: We have two new songs that should be surfacing on our website fairly soon and a few acoustic things planned but you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled on the website for details of those!
Alex: The live side of things is something working hard to develop at the moment, and we should be performing in the not-too-distant future.
Bos: We’re working out how to get the best performance out there that represents us, using the right mix of live instruments and technology to create the best show.
If you could each have superpowers, which would you pick? (asides from obviously turning things to GOLD)
Hayley: The power to turn water into rum.
Paulo: Weather control – it would of course be 90 degrees in the shade all the time.
Alex: Time travel!
Bos: The ability to make Paulo stop talking!
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