Next up in our ‘Get To Know’ series is a young performer from Sydney who’s got a swag of live dates coming up and a sublime new single in the “folktronica” genre called ‘Taken Blame’ (listen HERE). One little listen and we reckon you’ll want to ‘Get To Know’ Gordi.
01. Name : Gordi.
02. Where are you based? Sydney.
03. How did you get your start in music? My mum teaches piano, so when I was growing up there was always music in the house. My debut performance was around the age of two; a rendition of ‘Who Will Buy’ from ‘Oliver’.
04. Tell us a little bit about your sound and how it developed. Having the guitar and piano as my main instruments has meant I’ve always played and written folk songs. A turning point for me was hearing the Icelandic artist Asgeir’s debut album ‘In the Silence’ which is a style of modern folk music that I was really inspired by. For the songs on my upcoming EP, we had a specific vision for how we wanted the tracks to sound and Ben McCarthy, who produced it, did a fantastic job of bring that to life – combining the simple acoustic parts with some other interesting textures and vocal layering (we went through lots of different mics!).
05. Who have been your musical influences? Growing up I listened to Billy Joel, Carole King and James Taylor, but more recently the likes of Asgeir, Bon Iver and The Tallest Man On Earth have been major influences on the kind of music I make.
06. What are your favourite songs of all time? If you asked me that on a karaoke night I’d say ‘Khe Sanh’ by Cold Chisel. Otherwise I’d say ‘The Gardener’ by The Tallest Man On Earth, ‘Torrents’ by Asgeir and ‘Just The Way You Are’ by Billy Joel.
07. Give us a little fun fact about yourself that people might not know. I’ve just spent six weeks working in a rose nursery and have quite an impressive sock tan.
08. What’s the best advice you’ve been given in your career? Focus on the things you can control. If you work hard on crafting your song-writing, producing a unique sound and building a team around you who care about the direction your music is taking, things should start to go your way.
09. Tell us about your latest release. ‘Taken Blame’ is my latest single. I wrote the song last year and did a quick demo on my iPhone in my college dorm room. We then produced it properly with Ben McCarthy who worked on my first single ‘Nothing’s As It Seems’ and the rest of my EP, which will be out soon. Though the song was inspired by something deeply personal, I wanted it to have a simple, abstract quality. I wanted the lyrics to be uncomplicated but generate raw, genuine emotion. It was premiered online on the 6th of Feb and I’ve been stoked with the response so far, with lots of love from various music sites and it’s started getting a bit of radio play. It will be available on iTunes and Spotify on February 16th.
10. What do your future plans involve? I’m set to release my EP in May with ‘Nothing’s As It Seems’ and ‘Taken Blame’ the first two singles from it. I’d love to work towards getting an album out after that, but for now I’m taking it one step at a time! You’ll have to be happy with hearing my other songs in a live setting for now!
11. Where can our audience catch you live? I’m heading out on tour with Winterbourne very soon with a bunch of other shows along the way. I’ll have the full band there for some shows and I’ll also doing some as a more stripped-back set up. There will be some headline shows soon too;
Fri 27 Feb : Courtyard Sessions at the Seymour Centre, Sydney NSW
Sat 28 Feb : Mordialloc Festival, Mordialloc VIC
Thu 12 Mar : Beavs Bar, Geelong VIC (w/ Winterbourne)
Fri 13 Mar : Tram Sessions (Tram Route TBC), Melbourne VIC
Sat 14 Mar : Wrangler (Afternoon), Melbourne VIC (w/ Winterbourne)
Sat 14 Mar : Shebeen, Melbourne VIC (w/ Winterbourne)
Thu 19 Mar : Moonshine, Manly NSW (w/ Winterbourne)
Fri 20 Mar : Brighton Up Bar, Sydney NSW (w/ Timberwolf)
Sat 21 Mar : Newtown Social Club, Sydney NSW (w/ Winterbourne)
Sun 22 Mar : The Lair, Sydney NSW (w/ Winterbourne)
Thu 26 Mar : Lizottes, Newcastle NSW (w/ Winterbourne)
Fri 27 Mar : Rad, Wollongong NSW (w/ Winterbourne)
Sat 28 Mar : Folk in Broke Festival, Hunter Valley NSW
Thu 09 Apr : The Milk Factory, Brisbane QLD (w/ Winterbourne)
Fri 10 Apr : The Treehouse, Byron Bay NSW (w/ Winterbourne)
Sat 11 Apr : 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW (w/ Winterbourne)