Stumbling upon tempting events, getting lost in a lonely, intoxicating nightlife – GOLDA offers the salacious antidote to the poison. The sizzling, ethereal soundscape of Lo-Fi drumbeats textured with hints of 90s RnB, fierce chords, and smooth vocals capture the deliciously dark essence of the gender-defying project. After a string of eclectic singles behind them, GOLDA introduces the deliciously atmospheric ‘The Golda Complex’ EP. We spoke to the controversial project about their move to Berlin and stories behind the EP.
KALTBLUT: Tell us about your background, where are you from? GOLDA: We basically grew up in the same town together because we shared the mutual passion of basketball and G-Funk. Epic fusion. It’s like peanut butter and chocolate.
KALTBLUT: What brought you over to Berlin? GOLDA: The fact that you can actually interact with your environment and don’t just have to stand on the outside looking at it. That “don’t step on the grass, don’t touch” sort of thing….we’re not into that… we like to touch things.
KALTBLUT: What is The Golda Complex? How did the change of environment influence it? It can be compared to the Electra Complex. It’s a fierce rivalry between young females and their mothers seeking for attention and affection of their father. Out of our own experiences from nights out and hanging with girls we know it can still be very much present at an older age and in their overall view of men. We tried to portrait these experiences bluntly, still not understanding a lot of behavioural patterns of women.
KALTBLUT: How do you connect with your music? And how do you wish others to connect to it? GOLDA: We don’t really wanna tell anybody how to connect to something. All we wanna do is move you, create any sort of emotion. You choose which one it is.
KALTBLUT: What have been some of the struggles leading up to this release? GOLDA: Finding a balance between what we like to create and what we think others would like to hear. We would be lying if we said, we don’t care about whether or not our music is appreciated. But once we stopped trying to anticipate how we could please others and just completely focused on developing our own sound & style, without any attention to how it could be received, without any compromise, we became GOLDA.
KALTBLUT: What’s the ideal scenario to listen to your EP? GOLDA: Good question. Friends told us they listen to it getting shit faced and smoking blunts at home before making moves to go out. So we guess it’s music you listen to in a more homely and cosy environment.
KALTBLUT: With a huge 90s influence behind your sound, what is it about this time that really resonates with you? GOLDA: It’s that style of harmonies and soul/gospel chords but with a bounce to it. Grace and purity of the church blended with the grind of the streets. Which reflects the young generation in general nowadays: building contrast. It’s in music, fashion, everywhere. You see people in rough and rugged streetwear, sweaters, ripped jeans wearing a Gucci bag as an understatement. And it looks dope! It’s all about contrast that is appealing to us.
KALTBLUT: What is your typical setup? Where do you find yourself being most comfortable to write/produce? GOLDA: In a homelike environment. With as little people around as possible. The studio in Berlin where we record all of our music is inside an apartment, but it is a fully equipped recording studio. We feel like that is sort of a Berlin thing, recording studios within regular apartments. Not the typical home studio with just a mic and a laptop, more than that. But still a very intimate atmosphere.
KALTBLUT: Will you be taking your project further in the future with outsider influencers/contributors? GOLDA: We’ll definitely be taking it further. Sound- and writing wise. And we are working on a live concept. As far as the outsider influence is concerned: Pharell, holler at us!
KALTBLUT: What do you want to push yourself to achieve next? GOLDA: We’re really excited about some final adjustments to our live concepts and to showcase them in the near future.
KALTBLUT: Most influential artists (musical or otherwise)? GOLDA: We’d rather say most influential era, cause it is very hard to pick out just a few influential artists. Just way too many greats. So as an era, it has to be the New Jack Swing. It was something special and important in that era. It helped to change the perception of RnB. The same way RnB needed it a couple of years ago. Cause let’s be honest, it was pretty wack doing RnB music for quite some time and it became exciting again thanks to people who didn’t give single fucks about what’s popping at the moment.
KALTBLUT: Last track(s) played? Col3trane: New Chain // Sabrina Claudio: Belong To You // IAMDDB: Shade // Gold Link: Rough Soul – straight up sauce!