Goshfather & Jinco Talk Movies, Inspirations, ‘Genres’ + More [Exclusive Interview]
Goshfather & Jinco hail from Northern California on a mission to take over the world. Period. Goshfather comes from a mixed-race / A.D.D. / Opera Singing background, and Jinco is a surfer gone comic book illustration maestro via Hollywood. We at FITA were lucky enough to sit down with the guys last week after their performance at Webster Hall in New York City. We spoke about their name, inspirations, movies, the future of EDM, and more in this exclusive interview.
Exclusive Interview + Goshfather & Jinco Tracks:
1) What’s the meaning behind your name?
Goshfather is a name that came to me in a dream– I’ve never seen the Godfather movies except for like 3 or 4 major scenes on TV. In the dream, I see the 4 scenes that I’ve seen in a movie theater and then the credits rolled, and the title had the Godfather logo but instead of “God” it said “Gosh.” So I woke up and wrote it down and said that I had to use that… Jinco is after the Jnco pants of the same name that he was obsessed over as a kid. He’s been PLUR for a long time as you can see.
2) How do you prepare and what get’s you most amped during a performance?
I say this all the time but just the act of hunting for new tunes, or making edits that we know the crowd will go crazy for. It’s amazing how having literally 3-4 new money edits, or songs can change the course of an ENTIRE set. Nothing like mixing a nostalgic vocal with the drop of a really well known current banger (in any genre) … the crowd reactions to those edits are priceless! The crowd reaction is what we live for and we strive all the time to make our sets not your run of the mill DJ sets with predictable music. We wouldn’t do this shit if it was just us having to play the same tunes over and over. Playing our own tunes out, of course, also adds a great adrenaline rush.
3) What is your favorite performance to date? What’s the craziest party you’ve ever been to?
Webster Hall last week in New York, Ruby Skye in San Francisco, and our first show in Mexico City are going to go down in history for us as some of the most memorable things of all time. Webster Hall because the energy in there was so insane that I think maybe we dreamt it… plus it had like this grungy, old punk rock venue vibe and that was just incredible. Ruby Skye because that was a hometown show, we played 2 hours straight of every single genre of music and the crowd responded to literally everything, so it was super special for us. Arena De Ciudad Mexico was our first festival in Mexico and it was incredible because that was our first taste of the Mexican crowds. We have played in Mexico a lot of times since then, and they have been welcoming us with open arms ever since then… its a really amazing feeling. All of these parties were equally crazy!
4) What are the Top 5 songs on your ipod/that you listen to everyday?
If we’re not hunting for new tunes, or listening to nostalgic tunes that we’ve loved all of our lives, honestly I’d say the top 5 songs we listen to mostly are… the 5 songs that we are working on constantly and trying to release to you all soon! We listen to our own tunes religiously… always on the lookout for ways to make them better. You could say we are obsessed.
5) What’s your Top 5 movies?
5. The Rock 4. 4 Rooms 3. Usual Suspects 2. Dumb & Dumber 1. Billy Madison
6) If you could sing one song on ‘American Idol’, what would it be?
Jinco: Gangster’s Paradise – Coolio. Goshfather: New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
7) Who/what inspires you?
Electronic music is so weird. You have these kid geniuses all over the world sitting at their laptops… like Carmack or Sam Gellaitry who just somehow are able to download every single thing they’ve ever heard or loved music wise into their computers and create something fresh and new. We get inspired by people like that who are able to subtly insert themselves into this kind of ‘creative ongoing dialogue’ of music but tastefully mashing up all of these different genres and vibes. We love music that makes us stand up and go ‘W.T.F?’ That’s what we are aiming for for a lot of our older and upcoming releases. We want to make tunes that make people go ‘What the hell is going on?’ when they hear them at a club or festival.
8) If you could collab with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
Just to be a fly on the wall at a Kanye West studio session. That’s literally it. To watch that process. I’ll listen to as many rants about Fendi leather jogging pants if it meant that I could spend 1 day or 1 week or 1 month with that guy in the studio.
9) What’s the furthest from home you’ve traveled for a show?
The furthest we’ve traveled for a show is probably the Dominican Republic, where we’re actually playing on Valentines Day Feb 14th at Oro Nightclub in the Hard Rock Hotel.
10) Festival season is quickly coming up, which one(s) are you looking forward to the most?
EDC is always a good time. Coachella is by far a favorite though. Something about being in the desert and pretty much everyone who you know is there. Always a good time and that’s definitely a big goal for us to play at Coachella.
11) What are you working on now?
We’re working on a lot of stuff right now. Our main focus is trying to put together a catalogue of a bunch of original songs. A lot of our music is bootlegs remixes and remixes/covers and collabs so we’re really focusing on defining the Goshfather & Jinco sound right now.
12) You guys are very experimental with your productions, what genre do you like to work on the most? Do you prefer to make originals or remixes?
Using the word Genre is kind of a word that doesn’t really mean anything anymore, at least for us. We honestly like to mix everything that inspires us into our production. It’s just music and we’re putting together sounds and elements from everything we like to make up our tunes. Originals are fun, definitely harder than a bootleg or a remix but something about finding a unique vocal and building around it gets us really excited.
13) Anything that you’re particularly excited about for 2015? We’re really just really excited to be able to play dope shows, make music, and collaborate with friends on tunes. We’re playing EDC Mexico on March 1st, which is our first insomniac festival and that’s gonna be some next level stuff; pretty surreal though. At the end of the day, we’re just beyond grateful that people even listen to our music and the powers that be allow us to do what we love to do.
14) How do you feel about the growth of EDM? Where do you see it going?
We just feel that music is always going to evolve. What’s in now may not be in next year but that’s just the way it goes. I think it’s important as producers to evolve and expand and experiment to push things to the next level. As for the future, I’m calling this garage house aka “future house” phase to kick into overdrive and take over. The big raging club tracks will still linger cause people wanna rage and that’s the way to get kids to go crazy.
15) What are your future plans?
Future plans for us is again, to just get better and better at producing and try to push ourselves to make unique and dope songs. Get better at dj’ing and really play great raging parties. We also got some original vocal tunes that we’re working on so we’ll probably push those out q3/q4 of this year.
16) If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Definitely, would be the ability to transport for sure. That way we can always sleep at our own house after a show.