Artist Spotlight: GoGo Penguin
A classic-meets-contemporary fusion of traditional instrumentation and hard hitting beats, GoGo Penguin has been redefining the landscape of modern jazz since their rise to stardom in 2014. Their unique penchant for combining melodic lead rhythms with left field electronica has kick started a new music revolution, returning to the roots of organic beat making. Inspired by traditional composers and modern day heroes from Aphex Twin to Shostakovich, the acoustic piano trio dropped their debut album ‘Fanfares’ to resounding adulation. Nominated for the prestigious Barclaycard Mercury Prize and celebrated by the music press for their brave new sound, GoGo Penguin has embarked on a whirlwind career they never thought possible. Now playing sold out shows from Sunderland to Switzerland, we catch up with the guys from GoGo Penguin before they set off on their first European tour.
You were nominated for the 2014 Mercury album prize, how did that feel?
It was great! We’d all been so busy that we’d forgotten all about it so it was an awesome surprise. Unfortunately we were all in different places when we got the call so there was no big celebration but we definitely made up for that on the night.
Music aficionados have hailed GoGo Penguin as ‘acoustic electronica’ but how would you define your sound?
To be honest, we try to avoid calling it anything. We don’t really mind what others label our music as but it feels limiting and restrictive if we define it and that’s the last thing we want when trying to be creative.
If you were to collaborate with one artist/producer who would you choose?
Stray or Jon Hopkins would be very cool although I think the dream would be to collaborate with Bjork.
What is the most coveted track in your record collection?
An Ascent – Brian Eno
Name three artists that have influenced your sound?
Aphex Twin, Queens of the Stone Age, Squarepusher.