Dec 19, 2012

P+M#11 Interview : Gold


Q1. Please Introduce Yourself.
Rena: I’m Rena Kozak.
Kaelen: I’m Kaelen Ohm.

Q2. How did you start this band?
Kaelen: I wanted to start a pop band called The Yukas (yook-ahs). Rena and I knew each other from mutual friends in other bands in our city and had been talking about jamming together. We realized we had similar taste in what we wanted to be creating, and that our guitar styles really complimented each other. We played two shows as The Yukas and realized no one could pronounce the name so we decided to change it.
Rena: Since we both had some similar ideas for songs we decided to get together and see what happened. The songs just started flowing out of us together very naturally.

Q3. Who is the artist from whom you were influenced?
Rena: Infulences for me include: The Cure, New Order/Joy Division, Talking Heads, as well as modern bands like Real Estate, Wild Nothing, and Beach Fossils.
Kaelen: For the music we play in Gold, I am definitely also inspired by The Cure and Joy Division, as well as Sonic Youth. I think my influence comes from a wide range of music. In the last couple of years I’ve been listening to a lot of Thee Oh Sees, Sic Alps, Neu!, Washed Out, John Maus, Ariel Pink and a lot of old Garage/Punk from the 60s.

Q4. What are you just doing?
Rena: We have our four song EP called “Losing Your Hair” that is available on cassette and we are currently working on recording our full length LP. We just got home from playing in New York City for the CMJ Music Marathon, and we are playing several shows this month in different cities in our province of Alberta in Canada. Aside from playing in our band I work as a full time audio engineer.
Kaelen: Yeah, besides working on our LP, we spend a lot of time writing and playing. I work as a freelance film Director and have been able to travel quite a bit for that. Every summer I usually go somewhere exotic. This past summer I spent 3 weeks in Thailand which was incredibly inspiring. On the way home I got to visit a friend for a few days in Tokyo!

Q5. What do you value most in music life?
Rena: Creative expression, and the surreal feeling of making sound through an instrument using your hands or using your voice.
Kaelen: Besides the spiritual connection I feel with music, I really value getting together with good friends and creating it. It amazes me every time I see a good band play live that 3 or 4 people can create such a detailed, complex aural experience. When it works, you have a few simple ideas that come together to create something that changes the way people think. It’s like magic when it happens, it really is.

Q6. What was the first tape, record or CD you bought for yourself and when?
Rena: I was 7, it was madonna Material Girl on vinyl.
Kaelen: I don’t think my answer is as cool as Rena’s (haha). I grew up in a small town and luckily my dad had a great collection of vinyl. I think the first CD I ever owned myself was The Backstreet Boys CD when I was 10. I asked for it for Christmas after I realized no one else on the playground was listening to Bob Dylan or the Rolling Stones. 

Q7. What is most favorite music now?
Rena: I am currently listening to a lot of Grimes, Mac Demarco and Talking Heads.
Kaelen: There are so many! Some of my favorite bands right now are DIIV, Teledrome, Sic Alps, Wild Nothing and Dead Moon.

Q8. What is the dream in the future?
Rena: To be on a world tour with Gold!
Kaelen: Yes, we definitely want to tour as much as we can with Gold. Releasing records and touring constantly would be a dream come true for us.

Q9. Please Message to readers.
Kaelen: We have received so much love from Japan online and we appreciate you guys so much! It’s one of our top choices of places to tour with our band so we hope to be there very soon.
Rena: We love japan and can’t wait to come play there and meet you!

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  Q1 自己紹介をどうぞ。
Rena :私はRena Kozakです。
Kaelen :私はKaelen Ohmです。

Q2 バンドを始めたきっかけは?
Kaelen : 私はThe Yukas (yook-ahs)って言うポップバンドを組みたかったの。Renaとは地元で他のバンドの共通の友達を介して知ってて、一緒にジャムしようって話してたのね。で、私達同じようなテイストだって気が付いたのね、何を作りたいのか、お互のギタースタイルなんか褒めあったりしてね。The Yukasとして2度一緒に演奏して、誰も名前をキチンと言えない事に気が付いて、変える事にしたわ。
Rena : お互いに曲に同じようなアイディアをもってたから、一緒にやったらどうなるか試してみようってなったの。そして、曲はとっても自然に私達から流れ出し始めたの。

Q3 影響を受けたアーティストは?
Rena : 私が影響を受けたのは、The Cure、New Order/Joy Division、Talking Heads、モダンなバンドでは、Real Estate、Wild NothingとBeach Fossilsもね。
Kaelen : 私達はGoldで演奏してるんだけど、私も特にThe Cure とJoy Divisionね。それからSonic Youthも。私はいろんなジャンルの音楽に影響されてると思うわ。この2年よく聴いているのが、Thee Oh Sees、Sic Alps、Neu!、Washed Out、John Maus、Ariel Pink。 それと、60年代の昔の ガレージ/パンクね。

Q4 最近はどんな活動をしてる?
Rena : 私達の曲としては4曲入りEP『 Losing Your Hair』はカセットであるんだけど、今フルレングスのLPをレコーディング中。私達ちょうどニューヨークのCMJ Music マラソンで演奏して帰って来たところなの。それから今月はカナダアルバータ州の色々な市でもいくつか演奏してるわ。バンドの仕事とは別の所で、私はフルタイムの音響技師をしてるの。
Kaelen : ええ、LPの制作とは別に、曲作りや演奏も沢山してるわね。私はフリーランスのフィルムディレクターとして、結構移動もしてるわ。毎年夏はどこかエキゾティックな所に行ってるの。昨年の夏は3週間をタイで過ごしたけど、春みたいだったわ。帰国の途中で数日、東京の友達を訪ねたわ。

Q5 音楽をやっていて一番大切にしている事は?
Rena : 創造的直感かな、それと楽器に触れて声を出して音を作る超現実的感覚。
Kaelen : 私が音楽に感じる精神的な関わりを除けば、良い友達と一緒に音楽を作る事かな。いつも驚かせられるんだけど、良いバンドのライブを見ると3、4人で凄い繊細、複雑、耳に訴えかける音を作り出せるんだってね。簡単なアイデアが一体化して人の考え方を変える何かを作りだす。それが起きる時、魔法みたいって思うわ、本当に。

Rena:7歳だったわ、madonnaのMaterial Girl。バイナルの!
Kaelen:私のは、Renaの答えみたいにカッコ良くないけど(はは)。私は小さな町で育ったの、ラッキーな事にも父はバイナルの凄いコレクターだったの。私が最初に手にした自分のCDはThe Backstreet Boysの CD 、10歳の時だったわ。クリスマスにおねだりしたの、遊び仲間は誰もBob Dylanや the Rolling Stonesを聴いてないって事に気が付いたから。

Q7 今一番好きな音楽は?
Rena : 最近はGrimes、Mac Demarco、 それに Talking Headsをよく聴くわ。
Kaelen : 凄く沢山あるわ!今お気に入りのバンドの中では、DIIV、Teledrome、Sic Alps、Wild Nothing 、そして Dead Moonね。

Q8 今後の目標は?
Rena : Goldで世界ツアーする事!
Kaelen : そうね、本当にGoldで出来るだけ沢山ツアーをしたいわ。レコードのリリースと、いつもツアーをしていられたら、私達の夢が叶ったって感じね。

Q9 みんなにメッセージをお願いします。
Kaelen : 日本のファンからネットで暖かい気持ちをいっぱいもらって、本当に嬉しいわ。みんなありがとう!日本は、私達が凄くツアーしたい所のひとつだから、すぐに行けるといいな。
Rena : 私達、日本が大好きなの。そこへ行ってみんなにライブで会えるのが待ちきれないわ!

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