After catching Goodbye Motel's set at NYC's famous Bowery Electric in the lower east side last month, we caught up with the Aussie collective's lead singer Gustav Sjodin to talk about the powerful impact of music and some of the legendary musicians he looks up to, check out his full interview below:
Why do you love music?
Every time I pick up a guitar and create something from nothing it's is a moment I love. It’s the kind of moment of creation from within, that’s what I think is the coolest thing about music. It’s a subconscious flow. That’s the coolest part of doing music, the ability to create from nothing.
When did you first start playing?
I started playing guitar on my sixth birthday. I remember it was a Tuesday and I had just gotten a guitar a couple days before. I was in a small shack in my primary school in Sweden and I learned a D Chord.
What can music do and what did it do for you?
It can do anything. It’s extremely powerful and extremely inspiring. It’s everything I’ve ever known, ever since I popped out of the womb I started off loving Michael Jackson as an infant and watching VHS tapes of Michael Jackson from the age of 2, I’d watch him dance and sing all the time.
Music can do anything. It can be whatever you need it to be as a person. It can bring you comfort, it can inspire you, it can give you a sense of purpose, it can inspire creativity, can spur forms of creativity in other art forms and other parts of your life. It opens up your mind in a whole other expansive way, it gets the brain ticking in so many different ways which is exciting.
Who are your heroes?
Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page is a big inspiration for me from early on. Michael Jackson is amazingly unique, amazingly entertaining and inspiring.
At what point did you know that you were going to dedicate your life to playing music?
As soon as I began, there has never really been anything else on the cards, no other choices.
Where would you be without music?
No idea, it's hard for me to tell.
What lessons would you pass on to your younger self?
Be confident in being who you are. I watched a really interesting interview with Rick Rubin recently. He’s an amazingly successful producer and inspires other artists. He made a point of saying that the ultimate goal is to be as much as yourself as you can be. Try to be all that you can and accentuate all that is you. That’s the interesting part. People want to know what you are about and if you enjoy what you do then people will be even more excited. It will inspire.
What kind of impact can music have on a young person's life?
Music allows them to express themselves, which is very important in life. Its the ability to be able to process experiences and thoughts and the people you surround yourself with. It gives an outlet to anybody, young or old. It also allows you to find something good in yourself. It shows how work can pay off and shows how your muscle memory just improves. Work hard and put the time in and you’ll see results, you’ll feel self improved. People want in some way to become their better self and reach a higher end of understanding.