Christina Goh

14th Annual Eclectic EP Nominee

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Record Label: Plaza Mayor Company Ltd


Home Base: Centre, France

Genre: Chanson, Acid jazz, Blues

Categories Entered: Eclectic EP / Spoken word with music

Work Submitted: Invisible EP

Artists Featured: Thomas Guei, Bruno Ramos, Henry R. Tiacoh, Mikka Grytviken

Label: Plaza Mayor Company Ltd.

Who are your influences?: Félix Leclerc, Traditional Ivorian music, Ulali, Robert Johnson, Eugene Mona

Describe your nominated work: Invisible EP is part of my musical concept. Every title of the opus tells a story interpreted by the voice and the key instrument in a musical style which corresponds to the message of the lyrics. In the song “Invisible”, the guitar is atypical like the fantasy that is described in the lyrics. In “En pensée”, the bass variety (3 basses) symbolizes the many vibrations of a feeling that will not die, that resists… In a haze of grief. In the song “L’instant”, the two voices are celebrated by all the instruments as the lyrics deal with the theme of the reunions of two old friends after years of separation.
The djembe, present in the 4 titles at different levels, is exploited in a non-traditional context but keeps its traditional symbols, expresses strength, consolation, reflexion and rejoicing. Beyond virtuosity, the opus is first of all a condensate of cheerful vibrations that are heard but unseen, hence the title « Invisible EP ».

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: No unusual effects. On the title « The Djembe Song », the play of drummer Thomas Guei is outstanding, without manipulation. Just pure talent and virtuosity. The originality is in the ERB bass (8 strings) played by French bassist Bruno Ramos in “En Pensée”, and the accordion as a tribute to « French Chanson ». The senegalese drum and the Malian djembe in the song “Invisible” are in foolish harmony.

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: There were many unexpected “accidents” during the recording and a budget overrun. I was lucky to work with incredible sound engineers who believed in me. As the songs came into living and the instruments were breathing out, we had to harmonize with their nature and step back from the initial layout for the live studio sessions.

How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: I used my own funds and am slowly recouping through sales and streamings, rights and shows. I think I’ll be able to recoup in two years.

Why did you choose to submit this work to The IMAs?: I feel very close to the terms “independent” and “artistry”.

What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: Music saved my life. Achieving success is passing on the joy that I have received. This is not a-one-time thing, it is realized every time someone feels a little less lonely thanks to one of the songs and manages to share this feeling.

How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: As for me, being one of the nominees is one of my greatest reward. It will be a warrant I will present for the artistic quality of the musical concept I have been working on for 14 years.

Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: My audience draws from a wide range of persons including all ages and all social classes. Some of my fans follow me despite the fact that they are rock or pop, jazz, underground rap or classical music fans. What makes such an audience unique is the passion they show for authenticity.

What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?: I like to know the history of the regions where I give a concert. It’s terrible: I stand in front of every historical plate ! When I am on a tour I am pretty studious… I hope that the musicians share my viewpoint lol.

Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: The answer is no because for me every song reveals itself to the one it has chosen.

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: My fans have got accustomed to my atypical tastes. However I would say Quintanilla Perez.

How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: I love watching new videos. I order music online and I am content with streaming. It depends on the moment and the place.

How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: I don’t know if fans expect music to be free. I think they expect to have money to buy the music and support the musicians they like.

What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: The public, whose sight is limited to the scene and the lights, believe in what they see. For the rest, the music industry is coded and only a small number of people holds the keys.

Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: Why oppose them ? I think they are complementary.

Finish this sentence: The music industry is…an organized jungle.

What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: The “14 MELODIES” live capture yeah !