If you like your music arty, evocative and imaginative then this is certainly for you. Goldbringer seeks to bring together disparate themes from music, art and culture and mix it all up in his very own cinematic soundscape. It really is an extraordinary musical alchemy. We decided to find out more from Goldbringer A.K.A. Ben Honebone with a probing Take 5….
When did you realise that you wanted to be a music artist? What or who has inspired you?
When I was around 11 or 12, I think. At least that’s when the obsession with music really started to take hold of me. I was always more excited about the idea of being the singer when I was growing up, rather than wanting to play an instrument. I’d had some piano lessons when I was 8 or 9 so music was definitely inside me. Writing and performing the lyrics, and giving the music literal meaning really appealed to me, and still does. I started learning the lyrics to any song I liked as a kid and eventually I realised that I could actually sing. I think the first song I learned the words to that wasn’t a nursery rhyme was ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley. Wanting to create the music as well as the vocal is something that came to me later.
My inspiration for doing what I do is simply how happy it makes me. Listening to all kinds of music, creating music, and especially performing music, gives me a sense of achievement and well being.
Who, living or dead, would you dream of collaborating with?
I would have loved to have worked with Shawn Smith before his untimely death last year. His music has been an inspiration to me over the years. There is such a dense pallet of music across his massive library of solo material, not to mention the bands he was in, like Brad (with Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard), Pigeonhed (with Seattle producer Steve Fisk), Satchel, All Hail The Crown, the list goes on. I had the pleasure of meeting him in Bristol at one of his intimate solo shows. I would very much liked to have sung over one of his compositions on the piano.
Tell us about your single ‘What’s Your Location Bro’- what is the song about? Tell us about the album too!
‘What’s Your Location Bro?’ was one of the first tracks I put together for ‘Soundtracks’ and in many ways helped set the tone for the whole writing process. The lyrics deal with the relationships that people have, whether they are professional or personal, and how they change over time. Sometimes people drift apart naturally, and sometimes a particular situation or circumstance can end a relationship. The meaning is broad and open to interpretation depending on you own experiences.
The album itself is literally the soundtrack to my life whilst I was making it. I was writing lots of lyrics, trying lots of different musical ideas, and watching films by the late Italian film director Lucio Fulci. It has a bit of a split personality in the sense that it’s a combination of me expressing myself as an artist, and as a fan. I’m a huge fan of Lucio Fulci’s films, and of Fabio Frizzi, who composed the score to many of Fulci’s most celebrated movies. Certain tracks on the album are my tribute to them and their magnificent body of work. There are also two other nods to film directors on the album, but I’ll leave you to find them yourself!
Tell us five things you love about the city you live in (please name), and why.
Swansea, South Wales
- Independent Music Venues – We still have those! The people who run them fight hard to keep them running on the difficult landscape that is our economy. So shoutouts to them for keeping the local scene alive!
- Penllergaer Valley Woods – I live right next to a nature reserve and regularly venture out into the woods on different routes. It’s 260 acres of beautiful, historical landscape.
- My back garden – it has squirrels, cats, seagulls, hedgehogs, and a surprisingly large amount of different bird breeds! It’s like freaking Snow White out there!!!
- The sea – It’s beautiful. Nuff said.
- Swansea is big enough to hold it’s own but small enough to stay friendly.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
Putting this show on the road! I’m putting together a live set right now, featuring selected tracks from the new album, along with some from the back catalogue. I worked hard creating everything for ‘Soundtracks’ last year, so getting to go onto a stage and blast it all out this year is the pay-off! Watch this space.