Liam Barr wrote about on Gossling’s immutable tracks on Tuesday and to follow on from that, here’s my interview.
One of my all time favourite tracks is none other than your song “Harvest of Gold”. Can you give us a little bit of a backstory on how this song came to be?
I actually wrong this song on a writing camp and it was one of the first songs to be written for the album. Lyrically this song is about the temporary relationships we each have in our lives. Either the lovers or friends that are just there for a short time. It compares a field of wheat to a relationship. The planting of the seed is the beginning of a relationship, moving through to the growing of the wheat and finally the harvesting which is the break down of the relationship.
The music video to that song is so brilliant and very unusual! (not to mention that pure gold lawnmower being one of the best things I’ve ever seen)… What was the thought behind the video?
Thanks! I’m really proud of this clip and have been a fan of Jackson Dickie, the director, for quite a while. He also made Alpine’s clip for their song ‘Hands’. Jackson came up with the initial concept for the clip. And it’s quite polarising. You either love it or hate it for the same reason. The gold lawnmower was even more amazing in real life! It was a bit of a sun magnet though so the lead actor copped a lot of sun that day.
You’ve collaborated with 360 three times in the past, all of those tracks (boys like you, miracle in a costume and price of fame) are absolutely incredible… how did that collaboration come about and what was it like?
Yes I’ve collaborated on three tracks with 360 now. I was initially asked to sing on ‘Boys Like You’ and then later on was asked to contribute again to that same album with ‘Miracle In A Costume’. It was a great experience to contribute to his album and work in a different genre to what I had before. I toured with 360 as well and that was quite a different experience to my usual touring. The crowds had a lot more energy and intensity to my usual indie/pop crowd. It was really fun to participate in that world.
If you could collaborate with any artist, who would you choose and why?
I’d love to work with Sia. I think she is a genius when it comes to crafting a melody. And she seems like she’d be a lot of fun to hang out with. She doesn’t seem to take herself too seriously but obviously works really hard.
How has live changed for you since you made it in the music industry?
It’s hard to say if anything has changed since I’ve started a career in the music industry. It’s just life for me, so it doesn’t feel like there have been any dramatic changes.
What music are you listening to lately?
I recently got Passenger’s Whispers II album which is lovely. And I’ve been listening to a lot of The Beatles catalogue. And any time I’ve been feeling stressed or need to relax lately, I’ve been listening to Colin Hay’s track ‘I just don’t think I’ll ever get over you’ – it’s stunning.
Now for some fun:
You had one day left to live, how would you choose to spend those last 24 hours?
Oh gosh. Eating. Just eating every yummy meal I can think of. Mexican, Dumplings, Italian. And making sure I finish off the whole third season of ‘Orange is the new Black’.
George Clooney or Channing Tatum?
Um… Clooney… For sure.