ThisIsNotAScene‘s Mat Davies put a few questions to Gold Kids‘ vocalist Andrè Suergiu , after hearing and penning a rather favourable review of their “Ode To Youth” EP. They talked about the response to the EP, how Gold Kids got together, dream festival line-ups and much, much more…
First off, thanks for taking the time to talk to TINAS and many congratulations on the EP- it’s turned a hardcore sceptic (me) into something of a fan! How has the response from fans and critics been?
The new record got an amazing feedback so far and we’re really happy with the whole thing. Kids seem to be into it and it’s actually surprising since it’s well different from anything we’ve done before.
What were you trying to achieve with this record? How happy are you that you’ve achieved what you set out to?
There were not targets or goals to set when we decided to start writing Ode To Youth, we just wanted to come out with something we really liked and I reckon we fully made it.
What brought you guys together? Has it all been plain sailing so far?
We used to play in different bands and we all gave them up to do GK. We had in common the necessity of escaping from our home town and go on tour as much as we could. We lost our jobs and everything we had back then to make it happen.
Plain sailing since day one I would say, even if our drummer had to stop playing cause he had some big ear injury while we were on tour back in 2008, so I recorded drums on the new 10” and Andy from The Legacy plays drums on tour.
What have been the high points and low points of being in the band so far?
High points are deffo travelling all over the world and meeting new incredible people. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life. We’ve been everywhere in Europe, Scandinavia, UK, also made it to Australia and Asia in 2009. Plus, sharing the stage with bands you listened to when you were 16 years old and you kinda used to dream about being “like them” is something I never thought it would happen. Gold Kids also helped us getting our own business since I run Anchors Aweigh Records and Nico started Black Sails Design. So as you can see we owe this project a lot. I don’t see any low points beside the immense stress due to travelling and making everything work properly.
How did the recent European tour go? Did you get the reaction you hoped for?
Tour was really good and Grieved were awesome people to share the van with. Hevy was the highlight of the whole trip. We played in front of loads of kids, reaction was unreal as well even if we didn’t expect anyone checking us out since we were on early.
What’s next on the horizon for the band?
We’re taking it easy. Playing a few festivals and writing new stuff. We never been big fans of future planning so we just take things when and how they come.
What bands and artists are influencing what you’re doing? Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I would say there are no bands blowing my mind away at the moment. Could be cos I’ve been around “the scene” for quite a while, could be my interest in music is different. Concerning the influence, we try to have our own sound and keep it as much original as we can. We do our own stuff no matter what everyone else is doing. We’ve done some collaborations with some friends of ours in the past and I reckon we’ll keep it that way.
We’re coming to the end of a very busy festival season here in the UK, of which you were part. Who would be on your ultimate festival line up?
Flux Pavillon, Skrillex, Doctor P, Sebastien. Same ones on repeat for the whole festival would be perfect.
What were the last records you bought/downloaded?
Young Widows – In And Out Of Youth And Lightness.. one word : UNREAL !
Tell us one thing about the band that you think your fans will be really surprised by.
Can’t really say anything ? We don’t like hardcore ? That probably won’t be such a big surprise.
We’re getting a round in: what’s your poison?
Photo courtesy of Giles Smith Music Photography.