INTERVIEW: Alex Gough

Hi Alex, Welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been good! Busy but good.

Plastic (DBS) was a favourite of ours from the mixtape, can you talk to us more about the track? 

Plastic (DBS) was written and recorded entirely during the whole quarantine period early this year. It became the most introspective track on the mixtape, its kind of the emotional climax of the tape, in terms of lyrical content and subject matter. I guess it was me spilling everything out of my head onto the page, what I was feeling, how I was thinking about myself and others. Just everything poured into one song. It was my first attempt at getting the more jazz side of my taste and inspiration into my own music, definitely one of the tracks I’m proudest of so far, my favourite changes every day. 

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

I think it was really just life that inspired PLASTIC. Just everything I had experienced emotionally and mentally in the past couple of months before I wrote it. It was pretty therapeutic, I don’t think one particular event actually inspired it, more a series of events or days I guess. 

Any plans to release videos from the mixtape?

Yeah absolutely, We’ve tried a few times now to shoot a video for the new tracks but unfortunately corona virus and lockdown has got in the way everytime, especially cause I have to travel to work with the team I work with. But we’ve got one in the process and hopefully we’ll get to shoot it this time. FOREVER CLASSIC was hugely visual for me as I was making it so I have video ideas for nearly all of them, so we’ll see how the future plays out. 

How was the recording and writing process for FOREVER CLASSIC?

Ehm, intense hahaha. I was on my own making it for the most part, which I like doing, when I have the choice to be on my own and cooped up in the house. I enjoyed it a lot, it was an escape, a chance to create somewhere I’d rather be and look to that for inspiration and solace, so I guess that’s what FOREVER CLASSIC became, a world of inspiration and emotion. I pushed myself quite hard to write and record it, there were some very hard days and some jump-around-the-room-cheering days but what I came out with was worth every second, I’m really proud of it. 

What role does Ireland play in your music?

I mean aside from my accent, I think its impossible for Ireland and being Irish to not play some sort of role in my music, or at least bleed in. It’s all I know, its everything I’ve consumed in the 21 years of my life. It’s bound to creep in to my music somehow. I like Ireland, its home. It has its ups and downs and I guess I can find things to write about and gather knowledge from in those highs and lows. Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin.

Are you already working on new material in the wake of the mixtape? 

I’m always working on something. Currently working hard on the new live show with the lads, its sounding really cool, I’m really excited to get out and play it for people, especially the new stuff. Also working on a cool project that’s kind of an extension of FOREVER CLASSIC which I’m excited to put out, probably in the new year and just tipping away on some new bits and pieces, I’m a busy boy.  

What else is happening next in Alex Gough’s world? 

Hopefully get back to some live shows, We’ve got one booked in December and a London show in April which went on sale last week! Keep going on music and some videos, maybe some merch. Just gonna keep working hard into the new year and have some fun. Woo!

Listen here – https://awal.ffm.to/plastic-dbs

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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