Who/What is Ci Gofod and what motivated you to share your music?
Ci Gofod is a funk project by Jack Thomas Davies from South Wales, Maesteg to be precise. Over the years I have been a guitarist/musician for other bands and had quietly been writing my own stuff in the background.
Personally, starting the project was nerve-wracking. I had never been the primary songwriter for any previous projects, but it became exciting to start something that could be unapologetically me. Brought up on every single '80's Compilation CD' you could imagine, my sound has become a blend of funk and 80s new wave. Aiming to always expand my sound, I work closely and am motivated by music makers and pals Pseudo Cool and Mojo JNR.
Your new single 'Petals in May' is out May 7th. Tells us a bit more about the track and how you created it.
Petals in May is possibly the song that took the longest to finish. It has gone through countless structure, melody and lyric changes. Often old versions of this song became new songs all by themselves. I frustratingly couldn't quite finalise the bridge and so, what really pushed this song over the finish line, was a great trumpet sample I found that tied everything together. I was surprised by how well it worked.
I remember the final vocal melody had been there for a while and I was singing countless refrains and mumbo-jumbo on top of it to find lyrics. In the end, I found the phrase 'petals in may' saved on my phone notes. I had no idea when or even where I jotted that down. but soon after the rest of the lyrics followed pretty easily.
If 2021 could bring you one thing from a music perspective, what would it be and why?
In 2021 we have seen so many new artists burst onto the scene, I feel that lockdown has given people a bit more time to be creative. There is so much fantastic new music to be heard now.
There was a period, particularly much of 2020, where making music was just a bit of an escape. Now in 2021, I feel that a lot of artists, including myself, feel that they have something to work towards. With bars and clubs slowly but surely opening, a lot of little projects that were just started for fun are to burst out onto the wider scene. I feel that when life returns to normal, that the local music scene will be inundated with new sounds and a greater sense of community than ever before as punters will be itching to get out of the house and safely see some live music.
Live music (in usual times) seems to have died out in valleys and small towns. What can be done to improve this and get local people passionate about live music again?
Unfortunately, putting on a band who plays originals in a small town can be a massive risk for venue owners. Cover bands will often do well and bring the punters in.
Often a small town will only have a small handful of bands who play their own material, therefore it is much harder to build a community and momentum around them. Therefore, local bands will often latch onto and acquaint themselves with their local city. Although there are undoubtedly more opportunities in the city, there are so many incredible creatives from more urban and rural areas who just need that extra push to be seen.
There is definitely a possibility that there could be a place for a local scene in small towns, but the issues run deeper than the music makers. There aren't as many venues, public transport isn't as good and the venues that are open often can't afford to take those risks.
What was your experience of music (and the industry) in school? How could it have been improved to better prepare you for a career in the music industry?
I was very lucky in school that there were practice rooms where during breaks you could take yourself away and play some guitar or piano. More important than this, in school I surrounded myself with a good bunch of pals who had the same goals.
A-Level music was helpful in becoming more proficient in my playing and understanding music theory. I was lucky to have some great teachers who really squeezed out every ounce of creativity they could out of you. Although these lessons make you a better musician, I feel that so many important lessons are learned when you go out on the road yourself. Booking gigs, playing to empty rooms, trying to market yourself... massive ups and massive lows all thicken your skin and refine your style so that you can present yourself and perform in the best way possible.
Where can we find out more about Ci Gofod and how can we support you further?
Check out Ci Gofod here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/05frSoOdiU0SeVIu5aVBPH?si=jQbVU4FYTkWXN-H_VkATWA