INTERVIEW: Gold Complex

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

Hi Vents! Thanks very much for having us! We’ve been very well lately, thanks. We just released our debut album, New Soul, available everywhere and sold out our album release party last Saturday so life is good!

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

Ofcourse! “Homegirl” is the third single and opening track from our album. We like to think of Homegirl as a progressive pop track with a sexy, energetic blend of lush vocal harmonies, pumping horns and a tight groove.

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

“Homegirl” is really a song about the exciting early stages of a new relationship — when you first introduce that special someone to your friends, and find out if they can kick it…

The single comes off your new album New Soul – what’s the story behind the title?

New Soul tells a story of the progression of multiple romantic relationships from different perspectives along the way. There are ups and downs, abstract questions and definitive answers. In other words, New Soul is about love, lyrically and musically, in all of its shapes and sizes. The title speaks to the idea that we kind of reincarnate ourselves from time to time, especially when transitioning out of/into/between relationships. It also plays off of the idea that we are creating a “new” style of progressive soul music. 

How was the recording and writing process?

The main songwriters, Andrew Dawson (guitar, producer), Will Bowes (lead vocals) and Blake Day (keyboard) all have a distinct writing style, complementing each other well and each telling a “different side of the story.”  New Soul was recorded live off the floor, produced and arranged by Andrew Dawson. The vision to blend the dense harmonic arrangements of progressive-pop and classic RnB with a modern vocal style and contemporary production techniques, has resulted in a sound comparable to few. Think Thriller Pet Sounds Songs in the Key of Life, but recorded in 2019.

Would you call this a continuation or rather a departure from your previous record?

I would definitely call this a continuation as opposed to a departure. But it’s certainly a progression in terms of our ability as musicians, and definition of our sound. 

What role does Toronto play in your music?

Toronto plays an absolutely instrumental role in our music. As the entire band are from the city, all of the songs are written about experiences that have happened in this city, for the most part. 

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Inspiration can really come from anywhere, but I think broadly, all of the inspiration for these particular songs came from experiences with love and romance. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes, we plan to embark on a small tour across Ontario, have a couple of show announcements as well as a local residency to announce coming up!

What else is happening next in Gold Complex’s world?

We’re playing a free, all ages, outdoor gig on Saturday, March 9th in Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. It’s a 185th birthday celebration for Toronto, and we cant wait to celebrate it in such an iconic location!

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About RJ Frometa

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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