EMQs with GOLDSMITH
Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with German Classic Rock/Thrash band, Goldsmith. Huge thanks to guitarist, vocalist, and band founder, Michael Goldsmith, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Michael Goldsmith, I play guitar and sing. I guess you can say the band is my. I founded the Band around 2012. We are based in southern Germany and released 3 albums so far (“Shut Up & Rock” 2013 , “Fire!” 2016 and “Of Sound And Fury” 2022). The first 2 albums contain slower and more Bluesy songs compared to the new album. From 2005 to 2015 I toured a lot with blues guitarist Bernard Allison, so I was surrounded by a lot of blues during that period. You can hear these influences on the first 2 albums. I changed the line-up while writing the songs for the new album since I knew it was gonna be a lot heavier and faster.
Our new album was recorded by Christoph Brandes at the Iguana Studios in Germany. We’re happy to announce that the new album is going to be released through MDD-Records, which is a big step forward for us. As I said, the new material is a lot heavier and faster than what we did before. I would say it is a mixture between Rock / Metal and a very little bit of blues.
How did you come up with your band name?
The name is the English way to say my surname (in German: Goldschmidt)
I thought about giving this band a ‘real’ name but just couldn’t find anything cool. So I kept the name Goldsmith. Now I like it because it has metal in it.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Germany. The Rock/Metal scene is pretty big here, at least it was before Covid 19. It’s recovering from the lockdowns right now. The Metal and Rock fans are very loyal and supported the bands during that tough times, that’s what I like about that scene. I think there will always be a Metal and Rock scene. I was at a Metal Festival last week and the people there looked like they came straight out of 1986 with all the patches and stickers on their jackets. I think this never gonna change.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We are going to release a new album on June 24th. It’s called “Of Sound And Fury”. There will be also a new Video of the Song The Parade Of Euphoria‘ soon.
Who have been your greatest influences?
I grew up in the 80s and 90s listening to Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer…etc. So I would say back then my influences were Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Jeff Hannemann, Dave Murray, Adrian Smith, to name a few. After school I studied Jazz Music and a whole new world open up for me. I discovered Wes Montgomery, Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Benson and a lot more. Then I played for 10 years in an American bluesband (The Bernard Allison-Group) and after that I got hired by a symphonic orchestra. I met so many great musicians during that time. They all influenced me.
What first got you into music?
My parents sent me to Music school to learn the accordion when I was 6. I thought it was cool to learn the accordion because my siblings played it, too. When I was 12, I switched to the guitar and found my first band. We covered three-chord-punk songs, because that’s all we could play on our instruments back then. We got better and better and changed our style more into Heavy Metal music. Some of my first records were Scorpions “Love At First Sting” and Iron Maiden’s “Piece Of Mind”. That’s what brought me to heavy music. A couple years later I was listening to Slayer, Entombed, Death…
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
I’d like to meet Matt Bellamy of Muse. I admire his pioneering spirit when it comes to guitar sounds and the way he transformed Rock music and made it fit into the new century.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I’d like to play Wacken Open Air in Germany. I’ve never been there so far, but from what I‘ve heard I think it’s one of the greatest Metal Festivals on this planet.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A big bucket filled with little bottles of Jägermeister and ice. It’s actually not so weird but he put it right on the stage next to me and we, the band, started to empty the bottles immediately. We were all pretty hammered after a bit.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I’d like you to check out our new Album “Of Sound And Fury”. It’s Rockish, Thrashy and a little bit Bluesy. Thank you for supporting us and our music. We love you all!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy the creativity that comes with it. That’s a way for me to express my feelings. I’m not the best talker, I speak through music. And also I like the fact that I don’t have a boss, I can do whatever I like 24/7. I don’t really hate anything about being a musician. It’s definitively money-wise not as solid as working in a factory or an office, but money never played a big role in my life.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I can’t complain. I’m a self-employed musicians for almost 25 years now and I still have a house, a car and a filled refrigerator. There’s a lot of talking in the music industry, and a lot of showing-off, but I don’t care about that. For me music comes first. I also teach music and do studio jobs for guitar manufactures, so there’s always money coming from somewhere. I can’t imagine doing something different than being a musician.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?
I’d say Vinyl. I like the warmer sound and the fact that it’s harder to skip songs. Once a album is put on you gotta listen to it from beginning to end. It has the highest value for me, especially when it also has a decent cover painting. Since the age of downloads and streaming began everybody thinks music is for free and that’s the way it’s treated. It’s nearly impossible for smaller bands to make any money. The side-effect is that bands now make their money on the road, so the quality of the live shows is rising. That’s not too bad.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
2008 I played the Long Island Blues Festival in New York with the Bernard Allison Group. There‘d gotta be about 15,000 people in the audience. That was pretty intense.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’d say a teacher.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Vince Neil, Ozzy Osbourne, Nikky Sixx, Dave Mustaine and Steven Adler. I guess that’s gonna be funny.
What’s next for the band?
We just shot a video in France and are gonna release it pretty soon. We are also working on getting a live set together for some shows in autumn 2022.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I’d say a cake. In Germany a biscuit is pretty solid.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you, too. Please check out our new album “Of Sound And Fury” which will be released on June 24th.
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