During the pandemic, GoldFord continued to work on new music and released Walk With Me, which also appeared on the soundtrack of Grey’s Anatomy, and he has recently collaborated with Lost Frequencies for their release of Rise. GoldFord has plans to release an EP in June, with another two EPs to follow, and along with writing his own music, he also writes for other artists including Andy Grammer’s hit song Give Love. Speaking with GoldFord, he talked to us about working on his single Walk With Me, having the song appear on Grey’s Anatomy and writing music for other artists.
Can you tell us about your single Walk With Me and where did you get the inspiration from for writing it?
Of course! Thanks for having me! I wrote it at the beginning of the pandemic. Everything felt divided. We were all locked down totally isolated from each other. In Los Angeles, there were protests and riots happening down the street from my house. I wrote it thinking about what I needed to hear in that moment. It came out quickly.
How have you found the experience of working on the release during lockdown and the pandemic?
Actually, incredibly rewarding. It’s really allowed me to focus sit with each part. Taking all the time I want. There are social distance challenges when collaborating… but we’ve been able to work through them.
What do you hope people will take from listening to Walk With Me?
A sense and feeling of togetherness and unity. This pandemic has forced humanity around the world to better understand that we are one global community. Our actions or nonactions impact all of us. I hope this song helps people to have more empathy and compassion for one another.
How has it been seeing the response to the release?
Surreal. As a songwriter, I try and create based off my own raw experience with the hopes that it could potentially help someone through something in their own life. To get to feel that is the most gratifying experience. It’s why I make music.
What’s it like having your music soundtracked in Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 and hearing it on commercials?
It’s crazy. I still can’t believe I get to do to this with my life. I’ve always watched Grey’s and dreamt of hearing one of my songs on the show. To sit on my couch at home and watch the end montage scene with my song on there is an absolute dream come true.
How is it working on music for other artists which has seen you write Andy Grammer’s song Give Love?
Creating and collaborating are two of my biggest passions, be it for my story or for someone else. I’ve learned personally that the more vulnerable the music, the more people can connect to it. I am so grateful every time I get the chance to help someone express themselves and tell their own story. With Andy, that story was about his mother who passed and her light that still lives on in him. Again… I still cannot comprehend that I get to make music every day.
Where does your love of singing and songwriting come from?
Somewhere bigger than myself. I’ve loved singing ever since I can remember. It always came so naturally to me… once I found it. My parents wonder where I came from because no one else in my family is musical. I never thought I was any good though. It wasn’t until I was in my late teens that I started writing songs and singing in front of people.
What do you enjoy most about performing your music and being in the studio?
The connection. When performing I’m blessed with the opportunity to share a bit of myself and partake in the magical connection that happens with an audience. In the studio, what I enjoy most is the freedom to collaborate and play. The chance to show up and capture something that has never existed; the expression of a feeling or an experience that will forever be in the world.
Who are some of your favourite artists to listen to?
Bill Withers, Labrinth, Kruangbin, Childish Gambino, Odesza.
What do you enjoy doing away from music?
Cooking! If I didn’t make music for a living, I would make food!
We understand you’ll be releasing an EP later this year, what can listeners expect from it?
I am! It will be released in early June and I am equal parts excited and scared! It’s been a little while since releasing an EP. I would say it’s a bit of a dark soul record about love, loss and mistakes I’m glad I made, spelled out in one continuous story.
Apart from your EP, what music plans do you have for 2021?
I have another two EPs ready to release after Dreams of Summertime! I am also extremely excited for some of the collaborations I have coming out. I just released a song I did with Lost Frequencies called Rise, which I love. Check it out!
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