Good Kid [Musician Interview]


Who inspired you to make music?

This is a tough question, we all take inspiration from a lot of places/people/groups. Fast-paced indie rock bands from the early 2000s definitely influence a lot, and I think in some ways inspired us to learn our instruments or at least the style of music we play today. Bands like The Strokes, Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club, and Arctic Monkeys come to mind. Otherwise, I’d say we inspire each other. It’s hard to find people you enjoy writing music with, so when you find them you often inspire each other with the creative ideas you bring to practice and writing.

What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?

The honest answer is yes to all 3. Sometimes a song will start with a feeling/concept, for example, the earliest demos of Nomu were titled punk-dance, that song very much started out as a vibe instrumentally, and then lyrics came after. Other songs start with lyrics first and then we build around them. Sometimes it’s a combination of the two, where someone brings instrumentals and they just happen to resonate with some lyrics Nick already has written. Everyone in the band brings songs. Usually, a song will start in one of our brains, then through working on it as a band, it gets refined and turned into what you know as a Good Kid song.

What do you feel ist he best song you have released/written and why?

Everyone has a different opinion here. So I’ll give you my best guess for each:
Nick: Everything Everything – Nick likes new things, he’s usually the most excited about the latest song we put out.

David: Nomu – It’s the first song we put out so it gets a special part in our hearts. It also just has really fun dual guitars so it’s awesome to play live, and that lead never gets old!

Jacob: Alchemist – He just loves playing that song on guitar, it’s so fun to play and none of our other songs are like it.

Jon: Faster – Jon really likes the guitar tones in Faster, particularly in the breakdown and verses. It’s a vibe.

Michael: Atlas – the bass line in the second verse moves so well, it’s so fun and dancy too, definitely a standout part amongst our bass parts. (not sure Michael actually thinks this)

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

We’re all very analytical people so I think the best advice we ever got was to just stop worrying about the stats associated with releasing music and to just focus on making art that we enjoy and focus more on the community aspect that comes with that. That one really resonated with the band and I think we had a real shift in attitude towards putting out music after that.

If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)

Hmmmm this is the hardest question we’ve ever been asked. There’s only one answer though and it’s the classic sea salt chocolate chip cookies that are homemade by the owners of a cafe in the East end of Toronto called Zavs. It’s less bout the cookie type itself and more about the love that Arya and Manya put into making those cookies. We all want to be loved that much.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

Haha this is such a loaded question with a ton of upside and downside but I’ll answer it with a story. When I was a kid we didn’t have much money growing up, the CD industry was booming and CDs probably cost like 15-25$ depending on the CD. I remember working a paper route where I’d make like 50-100$ a month so I could save up money to buy music. The first CD I ever bought cost me 25$ and it was…..really bad! I was devastated, it took me another month before I could buy another CD because I blew the rest of my money on candy. But imagine living in a world where you get to listen to 1 new artist every month as a kid, that would be terrible, there are so many incredible artists out there who deserve to be heard, and having that be gated is just a really sad thought to me. At the end of the day, I think the internet has made music so much more accessible to the world and everyone around that it’s generally a really good thing. Good Kid also probably doesn’t exist today without the internet. Nomu has hit over 2 million plays without us ever having any record label deals or anything, we just put it out into the internet and through people sharing it, posting on Reddit/Spotify, it’s given us so much in terms of fans and opportunities to engage with those fans either through live shows or socials, that would never have come without the internet and the accessibility it brings.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

I’d like it to be less cliquey. I think we’ve seen some really horrible things come out recently in the indie rock scene, specifically with these groups of artists/labels and these things went on for so long unchecked. I think a lot of people were hoping that the Spotify’s of the world would come in and help liberate the music industry from the grip of labels, but it still very much feels like an industry that’s based on who you know. I think if that changed we’d see a lot of great things come from it.

What is the most useless talent you have?

Nick: Really amazing at whistling.

Jon: Can speak coherent sentences in his sleep (shhhh he doesn’t know this).

Jacob: Can make his thumbs touch the same wrist they’re attached to (this doesn’t sound like a talent, but just try doing it yourself).

David: Best dental hygiene in the band by far.

Michael: He can absorb an insane amount of information into his brain for a short period, but then loses it right after he needs it. (i.e. best exam crammer I’ve ever seen)

When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?

I’m not sure we’ll ever be done with music, we’ve all been playing for a very long time and I think we’ll always continue in some capacity. If Good Kid ever ends, I’d like people to just reminisce and enjoy the songs, hopefully, they can relate to some good times they were having when they first heard them. A lot of people have reached out to tell us our songs have helped them get through hard times, so hopefully, they would continue to help years later.

What is your most recent project/upcoming project?

We’re working on releasing a bunch more music! We just put out a song called Everything Everything and it’s out everywhere. We’ll be releasing more music really soon too! We’re dropping a new song called Drifting on August 28th!

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By Sarah Carswell

After spending 5 years studying language and writing, Sarah spends most of her time thinking critically about popular works of fiction, and after a lifetime love of music they have made themselves a place where they can analyze music and interview musicians. To learn about their struggle with learning to read and write please check out the About page. You can send a message to Sarah by going to the contact page and sending an email with your feedback and suggestions for new content.

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