May 18, 2011

Featured Artist interview: GOL (E70)

About: GOL from UK\Iran

"GOL formed in Edinburgh in September 2008. Their fresh and funky fusion of traditional Persian arrangements, electronica, jazz and world music have spread waves of excitement from Scotland to the Middle East and USA, leading to numerous slots on BBC TV and a busy summer of festival performances in the UK. They released their EP "Roots" in November 2009 and are going back into the studio in March to start recording their new Album. BBC TV just broadcast a half hour documentary about GOL as part of their Close Up on music series. Recent gigs include: Celtic Connections, Hidden Door Festival ( showcasing best new music in Scotland) Big Tent Festival, Kelburn Garden Party, Knockengorrock Festival, Middle East Festival, Roxy Art House. GOL were recently commissioned by the Scottish Arts Council and The Edinburgh Mela to create an hour of new music and film for the Mela Festival, called " Mixed Up" ( 5 star review in the Scotsman Newspaper). GOL recently headlined The Bongo Club. This summer they are playing the Meadows Festival in June and the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in Edinburgh"

1).What do you think will happen to music in 50 years?
In 50 years music will be more alive than ever before, music will always keep growing and growing.

2).What are the main difficulties for being a musician in your country?
The biggest difficulty is making a living purely from music, and having to do other things to pay the bills.

3).Would you like your children to become musicians, just like you do? Why yes or why not?
I would love my children to play music and enjoy it daily in their lives because truly it has made me enjoy life so much more.

4).What is the instrument of your dream? (type/brand/model)
Instrument of my dream is the ney reed flute from Iran, a sufi instrument. So beautiful.

5).If you could raise one music idol from the dead – who would it be?
If I could raise one music idol from the dead it would be Nina Simone, I never saw here live in concert, so maybe she could just come back and play one more gig? She is a legend.

Listen to: GOL - A Sufi's Dream

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