“Hard times call for harder music, and it works; not-giving-a-fuck-itude with a beat and lyrics that cut both coming and going; totally awesome post-synth-punk uniqueness which suggests an exciting future; there isn’t anyone around at the moment you could compare them to; this has a tribal effect on me and makes me want to throw myself on the dance-floor and make a tit of myself” says the collective media of London outfit Gold Blood & their debut ‘Twilight Language’ E.P.
Gold Blood are university Lecturer Emile Bojesen and keyboard enthusiast Michael Anthony Wright, who seemingly impress all wherever they go. With their Ali Renault designed & DJ Andy Blake managed, original and exciting music, they work together to create music just beyond their comfort zone, using Emile's self-referential lyrics alongside Michaels dated keyboard and drum-machine work.
They kindly took some time to answer a few questions…
AS: When you take aim with your peashooter/pellet gun/sniper rifle, you’re aiming at whom?
GB: God… always!
AS: Where do you go when it all gets too much?
GB: The library.
AS: Is bedtime more half nine with a half read paper or more half four with fully red eyes?
GB: Depends if it’s a weekend.
AS: What do you do with any ‘you’ time?
GB: If you mean ‘you’ time then I’m performing or lecturing. If you mean ‘me’ time, then it’s ‘me’ time for a reason!
AS: Who would be your dream collaborator?
GB: Michael Anthony Wright.
AS: What’s the last gig/concert you went to?
GB: The Sans Pareil at the Macbeth.
AS: What’s the best / your favourite music video?
GB: East Flatbush Project’s ‘Tried by 12’.
AS: If you were a musical instrument what would you be?
GB: I wouldn’t be!
AS: What’s ‘love at first sight’ all about then?
GB: Not being blind.
AS: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
GB: Soren Kierkegaard and Fela Kuti.
AS: Care to share any regrets, missed opportunities or things that might’ve been?
AS: Were/are you aware of your escalating popularity?
GB: Does this object exist?!
AS: Will your past come back to haunt you or will karma be kind?
GB: No, I’m surely fucked!
AS: Where do you most enjoy playing live?
GB: Damp cellars!
AS: Why? What's your biggest why question that mystifies you most?
GB: Why why?!
AS: What influences your sound above all else?
AS: Where do you sit in the grand scheme of things?
GB: On the fence.
AS: Why the name (not your christened name of course)?
GB: Bill Ambrose says Gold Blood is slang for an erection… that isn’t why though!
AS: Who’s the most likely to go solo or crazy?
GB: For me, going solo would be going crazy.
AS: Any choice epitaphs or famous last words for which you’d like to be quoted?
GB: ‘Life Rules’.
AS: What makes you better than everyone else?
GB: The fact that I know I’m not.
AS: When do you plan to take over the world?
GB: Already have.
AS: What changes can we expect with your latest outing?
GB: I don’t shout as much.
AS: Are you all agreed/in control of the formats for your releases?
GB: As much as I care to be.
AS: Wish you were doing anything else with your time other than music?
GB: I am.
AS: Who were your heroes as a teenager?
GB: Nietzsche, Rousseau and Henry Miller… they still are.
AS: What do you think of the paparazzi?
GB: Badly paid: pointless.
AS: What music are you listening to of late?
GB: Bad Brains… on repeat.
AS: Any message for underachieving or odds-facing musicians out there?
GB: Underachievers: Work harder or give up. Odds-facing: Keep it up.
AS: Any career highs or lows you care to share?
GB: Not yet.
AS: Do you enjoy playing live or are you more at home in a studio?
GB: Studio is the mind. Live is the body.
AS: Your career defining dream moment would/will be what?
GB: I’d kill myself if I had one of those!
AS: Know of any upcoming bands that are destined for greatness?
GB: Sans Pareil, Ali Renault and Bill Ambrose.
AS: How important do you feel visuals are in relation to music?
GB: Not very… yet.
AS: What’s been the highlight of your year?
GB: New job.
AS: I’m sure you’ve done a few but which gig has been your best?
GB: The best so far was a show at Shunt under London Bridge.
AS: Is there more pressure playing live with a band than there is playing solo?
GB: I would never ever play solo. I HAVE to have someone to blame.
AS: Are you unlucky in love and if so, why?
GB: Love is unlucky.
AS: Best song, movie OR album ever?
GB: ‘Life.Love.Regret’ by Unbroken.
AS: Where did you sleep last night?
GB: My floor… I haven’t got a screwdriver to make my bed yet!
AS: What’s your secret vice… what are you a sucker for?
GB: Attached women.
AS: What makes the world go round?
AS: Where’s the place to be?
GB: Not St. John’s University. See: ODB on Sucker MC’s.
AS: What’s your weak point?
GB: Other people’s memories.
AS: Which instrument does it for you most?
GB: Cello played by a woman.
AS: What inspired the LP title?
GB: Ask Ali Renault. I have no idea.
AS: Are you a good dancer and can you prove it?
GB: No. Yes.
AS: What kinds of music (if any) do you dislike the most?
GB: Weak as piss indie.
AS: Where will you retire to when you're tired of comeback concerts?
GB: The grave.
AS: When will the world end?
GB: God’s will.
AS: Who’s the main driving force or do you work as a team?
AS: How important are the single / album charts?
AS: What revival would you most like to witness?
AS: Which era would you have been born in ideally?
GB: The very best thing would be to have never been born. The next best is to die soon. The third best is to be born in the time of Aristotle and Alexander the Great. I guess.
AS: Are exercise and diet important to you?
AS: If you could protect and save 1 thing in the world, what would it be?
GB: The future.
AS: Who’s the most gifted person alive today?
GB: (French film director) Claire Denis.
AS: Have you got any famous relatives and if so, who are they?
GB: Not really, no.
AS: Does complaining accomplish anything?
GB: Of course!
AS: Whose autograph do you have and why?
AS: Which fictional character would you most like to be and why?
AS: Which rules… the digital age or the vinyl/cassette age?
GB: Ask itunes how much money they make, I’m sure that’ll provide your answer.
AS: Which musical style should become extinct first?
GB: Whatever style Gold Blood is… look what it did for the dinosaurs!
AS: Do you have any tragically unused band names you’d like to use?
GB: The Beatles.
AS: Was it easy becoming who you are today?
GB: Only slightly harder than it was becoming who I was yesterday.
AS: What’s the biggest myth about stardom?
GB: Ask Galileo!
AS: Have you ever been conned into or out of something?
GB: Lots and lots and lots of relationships.
AS: Do politics have a place in music?
GB: Read (hip French philosopher) Jacques Ranciere.
AS: Cheers guys…
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