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Interview with Anthony Gibson aka Goldyn Gambit
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
What got me into music was looking for an escape from reality. Sounds that could explore my imagination and allow my mind to just be free and creative. Expressing my feelings and energy in its rawest form. If I wasn’t doing music I would be making films and acting.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
when I’m not making music, I love to watch films all genres. Horror and action are my favorites tho, I get a lot of ideas from watching films that inspire me to write music. Everything about film I’m passionate about from camera angles, acting story, stunts, etc.
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music for over 16 years
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
I’m based out of Rochester Hills Michigan, where I hung around a lot of gothic clubs and bars that played industrial rock, EDM, and different punk sounds. Bonfires and raves, psychedelic partying experiences.
Tell me about your most memorable shows, if you haven’t played live what is your vision for a live show?
My most memorable show was at the token lounge seeing a little boy so excited to hear my music for the first time, and just the fact enjoyed my set and loved my image was really cool.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
My favorite venue to play is the sanctuary in Hamtramck. Just the name alone is awesome!! I love the vibe it’s perfect for mosh pits, the fog and red lights on stage match my Persona and energy so perfectly. I had one of my favorite shows there. I would like to play Lolla Palooza and rolling loud one day soon.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
My dream lineup to perform with is Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor), Future, Tyler the creator, Michael Jackson, Linkin Park Drake Travis Scott and Juice Wrld.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into making music and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
advice I would give to someone just getting into music, stay true to yourself, believe in yourself and don’t let anyone discourage you, and work hard on your craft. Advice I would give myself is to stay consistent, network with any and everyone, and experiment with all sounds.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
My song “trash” means the most to me, because It resonates with my values of how the world is so fixated on materialistic things cars and jewelry, etc. but it’s all trash. The song is really from the heart and the intensity and rage is real emotion.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
My favorite song to perform is “drop dead” because it’s the first song of a 16 year career that I made a music video so it’s special to me, and the beat of it instantly energizes me! The most requested song of mine is “Beat it” I think because of the Michael Jackson sample, and the catchy easy to sing-along lyrics.
What is your creative process, and what inspires you to write your music?
My creative process is finding the right beat, and just getting in the zone head phones on turned to the max where I can only hear the beat, dimming the lights dancing and letting my mind create lyrics, sometimes reflecting on past relationships, life experiences, grief, pain, happiness. Taking all those feelings and combining them. Emotions inspire me to write music, trying to outdo myself and make each song better then the last inspires me. Also getting positive feedback from fans friends and family inspires me too. I’m driven to create music so people going through dark times can have an escape from reality.
Do you have messages that you like to get across in your music, if so please tell me about them?
One of my biggest themes is keeping local live music alive, which is a movement in pushing. Some of my messages in my music are to be yourself, no matter what that may be. Hence why when I perform my image is goth with black tears and black lipstick. I feel like it’s me, I’m comfortable in my skin. It represents the ugliness and pain of the world and I wear it, I feel it, I’m in sync with it. Materialistic items are trash and mean nothing in this life, I feel like the world is broken, there are lots of damaged people in the world including me, but I try to shine a light on us all and let them know that we are beautiful. My message is for anyone who feels alone, or like no one cares, I try to make songs showing that I care and I’m here for them. And to embrace the darkness and pain, and make it positive.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Future plans are to keep pushing my movement, i’m organizing concerts at small venues in the Detroit area and hand-picking different style artists and bands for my lineups. I’ve already done six events in the last couple months. Im also working on my next two EPs (Misfit & Jaded Jewel) for early 2023 releases. Events coming up two shows I put together ( December 8th Winter solstice at the new dodge lounge in Hamtramck with some of my favorite local talent jonny Lovell, myna, FROSTisRAD, Ayostud, frequent flyers, JayDaBarber)
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
December 9th will be my final show of the year, a super event i organized titled “Rockstars VS Rapstars” where I selected 12 artist half rap, and the other half rock/alternative in a friendly competition of music, and everyone coming together to keep local music alive fans can keep up with me on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok I’m active on. Goldyngambit for all social media. Music on all play forms Spotify, Apple Music iTunes