Chicago-based duo GOLDS (Nate and Andrew) revealed their new single “Technicolor” on February 15th.
Written by Nate Mitchell and produced by the band and Jon Class ( (THE WLDLFE, AVERLY) “Technicolor” tells an honest story showcasing Mitchell’s emotional vocals and heartfelt songwriting, accompanied by an outstanding production.
“Technicolor” is the most polished, grown up song we have - lyrically and content wise. I attempted to capture the feeling that my heart and soul felt for this specific person through gentle sounds that we had never even experimented with before. The song is intimate, yet very anthemic; with warm chords throughout the soft beginning and mid sections, ending with explosive and forceful synths. Much like the progression of being in a serious relationship,” explains Nate Michell.
By allowing vulnerability and truthfulness to their art, GOLDS is, without a doubt, making a big difference in the music industry with this first release of 2019.
“Technicolor” is now available everywhere.
Introduce the band - where are you from?
I am from Lombard, Illinois, Andrew is from Downers Grove, Illinois – two suburbs of Chicago, about 30 minutes west of the city.
What's the band's story?
My high school, where Andrew and I met, had hardly any serious musicians – it was small and all about athletics and sports. Andrew and I were just two of the very few that took playing music seriously. Before we were bandmates, we were friends, starting first semester of freshman year. As we continued to get to know each other, we realized we had the same passion and desire to create. We performed at assemblies and talent shows throughout high school together, continuing to gig together after high school as well, just under my name. Once I realized I wanted Andrew by my side permanently in my professional career, I texted him while standing in the dorm room of the college that I would soon leave, simply asking if we wanted to take our duo to the next level. Since then, in August of 2016, we have been pursuing music together.
When did you start making music, individually?
I have been writing songs for as long as I can remember. I wrote my first song when I was probably 10 years old, but started writing regularly and taking it more seriously starting in 7th grade, which is also when Andrew got his start on the drums. We have not stopped writing and playing since then.
What gave you the confidence to form a band?
Our biggest musical inspirations came from places no better or bigger than we did – if they can do it by consistent hard work and dedication, why can’t we? Once we had been playing gigs under my personal name for a while and getting excessive positive feedback, that gave us a lot of reassurance that forming a band would be a great decision.
At what point did you realize the music you're making right now is the "right" sound for the band?
Once I stopped trying so hard to make the band something it wasn’t, we naturally walked into our element and sound. I started being very selfish with the music I was writing; creating the songs that I wanted to make, rather than songs I thought other people wanted to hear.
How would you define GOLDS, the band?
GOLDS is a band that I want people to listen to and instantly feel at home and overwhelmingly understood. There is not a complex mission to our band, we simply want to connect with our audience in every way possible. I want people to fall in love over our songs, cry to our songs, travel with our songs, learn more about themselves through our songs. The songs that have done all of those things for me have changed my life. If we are able to do that for even one person, we will have found success.
Who came up with the band's name? How did it come about?
I came up with the band name after months of overthinking other names. We had around four different names before we came up with GOLDS, which was a random word that I had randomly written down one day, thought it looked unique and easy to remember, and decided it would fit us perfectly.
You recently released your new single "Technicolor". What's the story behind this song?
Early 2018 was the first time I had felt a healthy, hopeful type of love. A girl unexpectedly walked into my life and flipped everything around. I try to write a song towards every heavy and significant emotion that I feel in my life. This emotion had a lot of weight, requiring a song that had weight to it as well.
Could you describe us the songwriting/production process for this particular song?
I wrote nearly five different versions of “Technicolor” before I got to the version that you can hear today. The first couple were sad love songs, as my love life at that time was very unsuccessful and seemingly hopeless. As the tables started to turn, they turned so quickly, and the concept completely flipped. It took about a month to finish in its entirety.
The production was one of the best experiences I have had making a song. It came together very naturally and seemingly. Our producer, Jon Class, has an incredible ear and added levels of beauty to it that caused it to be a song that I could hear people falling in love to. It took three full days to get right in the studio.
What made you want to release "Technicolor" as a single?
These days, myself included, everyone’s attention span is little to none. As a tiny indie pop band, if we were to put out an album or even an EP, many songs would be overlooked or go unnoticed. The sound of “Technicolor” does not sound like the conventional pop band single, but because I am so proud of this song, I did not want it to get lost in the midst of a body of work, getting lost in between other songs.
Who's helping you create your visuals?
Andrew and I come up with all the visuals ourselves and usually present the idea to our good friend and excellent photographer Ally Huisman, who will edit everything together in exactly the way we want to present ourselves. More recently for the “Technicolor” artwork, Andrew, myself and my girlfriend did an acrylic painting and I took a picture of it with my iPhone and edited it using the app VSCO.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Visual wise, and music wise?
Our biggest music inspirations as musicians are The 1975, Jon Bellion, Jack Garratt, twenty one pilots, Lauv, and a few others. Not only in the way they sound, but in their dedication to music, their vulnerability in lyrics and production, and attitudes as humans. Sonically, Lauv and Troye Sivan have been big inspirations for us. Visually, we want to be as original and consistent as the bands LANY and The 1975 – those are two bands who have always caught my eye in the way they present how they look.
You are based in Chicago. How would you describe this city?
Paul Jason Klein from LANY described it incredibly in my opinion – he said Chicago is everything you love about New York City minus everything you hate about New York City. Positivity is everywhere, the speed and energy is constantly inspiring, the life there is upbeat and non stop.
How's the music scene in Chicago?
Every time I go to a concert in Chicago, the artist performing always says that Chicago has been the best crowd they have played for in a long time. The city has a lot of power and passion to it, making performing to the people of the city very exciting and uplifting.
What's the hardest part about being artists? And what's the best part?
The hardest part about being artists is being constantly vulnerable, which is ironically also the best part. Being so transparent about what you are thinking and how you are feeling is scary, but it is also my favorite part about music; there are no rules. I am able to tell thousands of people about my deepest insecurities, about the nightmare that kept me up last night, about how badly my heart hurts even if it is for a dumb reason, and it is socially acceptable.
As a band, what do you want to accomplish?
Our simple goals as a band is to make a living out of this while connecting with people. If people are seeing parallels of my life to their lives through my lyrics, at that point, the music we create becomes their companion – it becomes the thing that is there for them when no one else is, which is exactly what I want this band to be for people across the globe.
In your opinion, what would make the world a better place?
Andrew told me recently that Elon Musk should be president of the entire world, but besides that, in my opinion, the more humans need to realize that if everyone lived by the golden rule, peace would be much more present among us all. If everyone treated others as they would want to be treated, it would result in love prospering, diminishing our impulsively selfish attitudes.
What biggest lessons have you learned as human beings and as a band, so far?
As humans and as a band, we have both realized that patience is key in order to avoid resentment. We often times compare ourselves to bands who got their start and immediately after they released their first piece of work, rose to the top. Realizing that is not us and we must be patient to gain success and impact the world in the way we would like to has been a process, but it is something we are learning and trying to remember every day. Rome was not built in a day.
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