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INTERVIEW: Goldkey

Mike Horn

Hi Mike, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey, thanks so much for chatting with me! It’s a really exciting time as I’m gearing up to release my first single with Goldkey less than 2 weeks from today.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Mountain”?

“Mountain” is the standout track from a batch of songs I’ve recorded with my long-time friend and producer, Ben Rice [Degraw Sound – Brooklyn, NY]. When I initially began the project in April 2016, I had no set plans other than laying down vocals and guitar for a raw, bare-bones vibe. Once the guts of each track was laid down, it was clear to us that there was something special about “Mountain”. With so much space to work with, it gave us an opportunity for further exploration. It morphed into something I never anticipated and I’m extremely proud of it.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

As an artist, I believe most people have a pretty conflicted relationship with their home. If you grow up in a rural environment, you might be looking to escape and embrace the big city lifestyle. For me, it’s the opposite. I grew up in an urban area and still reside in New York City today. I think even for a native New Yorker like myself, your surroundings can suck the life out of you sometimes. For those reasons, “Mountain” became a bit of personal anthem for me.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

At this point in time, I don’t have any plans for a music video but the single will be available March 17th on Spotify, Apple Music and all other streaming services out there.

How was the recording and writing process?

The process of recording “Mountain” was remarkably organic. Ben has a special energy and aura about him in the studio where he knows exactly how to tap into my potential. Additionally, our musical influences have always aligned pretty well so it was easy for us to find common ground on a vision for the track.

How has Jeff Buckley and Radiohead has influence your writing?

Jeff Buckley has had one of the biggest if not THE biggest influence on how I pursue singing. My greatest strength vocally has always been the ability to use my falsetto effectively and there’s no question that Jeff set the gold standard in that area. As far as his writing style goes, I wouldn’t say I could naturally emulate him too much since his approach was extremely unorthodox but I did always marvel at the perfection in songs like “Everybody Here Wants You” and “Morning Theft”. With Radiohead, that’s just a band you don’t try to mimic. However, where their inspiration really shines through on my music can be found in the array of textures and effects used on albums like Kid A and Amnesiac. I believe their approach to songwriting really assisted me in knowing when to let a song breathe and when to highlight certain areas that will resonate more with the listener.

What role does Queens play in your music?

Growing up in Queens meant being surrounded primarily by Rap and Hip Hop. It was always challenging to appeal to an urban audience but felt motivated to work harder to create a sound that appealed to listeners of all different music tastes. As far as my influences go, it was my exposure to my father’s record collection and songwriting with my cousin/guitarist/songwriter, Spencer Lee Gallop, that played the biggest role in shaping my craft.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Absolutely. The new single means more material is on the horizon. I don’t know just yet if there are any plans to release an EP or full-length but I would stay on the lookout for more singles in the coming months.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I’d say that by mid-summer, I should be releasing a new song or two. No titles yet but I am even more excited about the material I’m writing now and certainly looking forward to getting back into the studio with Ben to turn the scraps of songs into songs.

Any plans to hit the road?

Over the coming months, I will be playing at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City and promoting the new single around the Northeast. Stay tuned!

What else is happening next in Goldkey’s world?

As previously mentioned mentioned, look out for new singles in the coming months and hopefully, a new EP in the very near future.

The single will be released on Spotify and Apple Music on Friday 3/17.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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