Two of my personal favorite new artist discoveries have been the multi-dimensional artists Gom and Aldrch. I am still relatively new to their overall arc as artists, and I’m sure many others are too, so I wanted to take a chance to get to talk to them a bit about their recent achievements and what they see as their place in music in the future. Aldrch is currently attending fashion school in New York, and there are obvious elements that he alludes to of the intersections where fashion, music, and art clash in his music. Their recent single Talk2Nice (production by Aldrch, vocals by GOM) is one of the most, for lack of a better word, vibe-y songs I’ve heard in a long time, and I clearly wasn’t the only one that thought so. as it found itself sitting near the top of Spotify’s Anti Pop playlist. The two are also on the heels of what looked like a very successful underground rock show in NYC over the weekend.
Keep on scrolling to read our interview with the two and give Talk2Nice a spin, if you haven’t yet.
1833: First off, I haven’t stopped listening to “Talk 2 Nice” for the last month (thanks Tim). Grrrreat record. What was the creative process behind that track? Gom, did you have those lyrics written and Aldrch molded a beat around them or was it the other way around? Where were you guys at in life when that song came about?
aldrch: It all started when I went back to Minneapolis to visit family after the school year ended. During that time, GOM and I made many visits to our friend Kahre’s house to mess around in his new home studio. I was browsing through Logic projects when we stumbled across the beat which I had made in full toward the beginning of the summer. I’ve always been interested in making electronic music, and was planning on releasing the track as an instrumental. However when I played the track for GOM, he knew exactly what to do- I left the room for 30 minutes and when i came back, we had talk2nice.
1833: Aldrch, what’s your experience in New York been like? I’m sure the city has limitless options in the form of creative inspiration. Has your time at FIT found its way into your music?
aldrch: My experience in New York has been unbelievable. From the time I moved in to my apartment to now, I have had a plethora of opportunities and experiences thrown my way, and have met some really incredible artists and producers. That’s the biggest thing for sure, the people. I have been lucky enough to become good friends with artists like poptropicaslutz!, Knapsack (gabbystart), underscores, Alé, Torr, Jacob Geoffrey (if you haven’t heard any of these names, do yourself a favor and look them up:). Also don’t forget about the philly folks, Ryan Leahan, Patchymate, Abbot, Elroy, and more.
1833: How long have the two of you been working together and howd you meet? Childhood friends or random encounter? You both seem to have an uncanny chemistry together.
GOM: I met aldrch in january 2020 on the cusp of the COVID era. We met through a mutual friend of ours, Tighe. aldrch and I didnt have a place to be loud so we would go in Tighes car and make him listen to our generally under average demos. One day sam (aldrch) brought his laptop with him and I taught him how to use an EQ, and how to generally mix a song. I feel like thats the main reason we work so well together, we started taking music seriously at similar points in our journeys, and both had (and continue to have) a lot to learn from each other.
1833: What would you say to your ex right now?
1833: What do you think of this resurgence of guitar/rock-driven genres that are forcing their way to the mainstream today? It seems like rap and hip-hop had the throne for the better part of the last decade, but the table is getting a little more crowded in 2021. Genres are also evaporating into thin air every day. What do you guys think of the fusion of various styles does for music and how has that spilled over into the way you write, produce, and perform?
aldrch: A certain sense of nostalgia is held within rock and punk music. I feel like for many Millennials and Gen Z-ers, they grew up listening to bands like Blink-182, Panic! and the Disco, and Fall Out Boy. Blending genres in effortless and seamless ways is what makes my sound unique. From the get go, I have always wanted to make the music I dream of listening to. I understand genres are fleeting and I never want my sound to go stale, so I’m always finding new ways to pay homage to nostalgia, while finding ways to implement those sounds into unconventional pairings. That’s why I think our music is timeless, because it’s impossible to put our discography in a box genre-wise, and we will continue to implement fresh aspects from the music we are inspired by.
GOM: In today’s music scene I think people are realizing that a lot of previous genres that people thought were “played out” never really got their chance to be experimented with. What we’re seeing today is less of a resurgence and more of a desire for people to push the boundaries of the music they listened to growing up. I always wanted to be a pop-punk artist but by the time I was making music, that wasn’t an option anymore. I had to redefine what making that genre would look like for me in the modern day. I also believe the fusion of genres is a by-product of that same desire. It has less to do with making “fusion” music and really is just how the music came out.
1833: What’s next for each of you? Solo endeavors, projects together, where’s the train headed? Anymore shows in the works, whether that’s URL or IRL?
aldrch: Stay tuned for my upcoming releases with Ryan Leahan, poptropicsluts!, and Torr! I’ve been working on my debut EP throughout last summer, and I’m ready to start rolling out. Keep an eye on the Spotify Antipop and Hyperpop playlists, cause you might just see my name up there soon;) Also, mad shows this year! We just had our first at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn and it was absolutely wild.
GOM: Honestly man I just wanna make/play music. So anything that lets me do that gets a “full speed ahead” type of mindset. I’m really excited for what me and aldrch got to look forward to with this music shit. We essentially manifested our way here so I don’t see how we could stop now ;).