Gildor and 10 Questions with TotalNtertainment. The folk-pop singer-songwriter writes songs with an enchanting timeless quality. So we got to spend some time chatting with him as he introduces himself the the British audiences. See what he had to say here.
1. Thanks for your time, could you introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your music?
I’m a 31 year old dutchie who’s infinitely passionate about music. I play guitar, percussion and I sing. The music I release under my own name ‘Gildor’ is laidback folk with a warm feel.
2. You’re described as a folk-pop singer, which elements from both genres would you say you capture in your music?
The folk part encompasses the acoustic guitar-approach and simple, honest lyricism. I guess the pop part makes up for all the sides to the music that are not etched in the long line of tradition that embodies the folk genre
3. You’ve just released your wonderful new single Thinking Back. Was there a particular event or memory which inspired you to write the song?
Yes, that song reflects back on the years I spent on a farm in France in my twenties. Growing up alongside friends, being outside and together through thick and thin. At some points in your life you wonder how it could ever be any other way, and then life happens and makes turns you could ever hardly imagine. That’s basically what the song is about.
4. On the subject of Thinking Back, thinking back to your childhood, what is your favourite memory and why?
Probably being away on summery holidays in Europe, experiencing that the world is bigger than my little hometown. Seeing new places and feeling new feelings.
5. Do you remember the time when music first had a major impact on your life?
Definitely. Started out with my older cousin being a big time metal fan, and introducing me to bands like Metallica and slipknot when i was only 9 or 10. I was blown away by the sheer force of the music and it felt like a newfound freedom to me. After my 12th i started randomly listening to CDs from my dads collection. Bands like the Beatles, the Byrds, the Doors, Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix. Thats when I really started going down the rabbithole of excavating all these genres and heroes from the past. It was a revelation.
6. You released two other tracks alongside Thinking Back, in terms of new material, what else do you have in the pipeline?
A whole album of super chilled out warm folk music, dropping November 4th! And of course a lot more where that came from afterwards
7. Going back to your childhood, if there was one aspect of it you could bring to the life of a child in 2022 what would it be and why?
I guess being exposed to an array of different musical styles via mainstream media. Back then it was TV (MTV i.e.). Now it seems popular music is very much the same all around. Very radio friendly overproduced pop rather than something ragged like Nirvana for instance.
8. Are there any aspects of growing up when you did, that are no longer around now?
Walking around with music on much too large carriers. Like at first the tape decks and later discmans with an ever-expanding collection of CDs that one would have to bring along when going somewhere. And of course the almighty iPod, which is still in my opinion Apple’s best creation ever. I still have a running iPod classic 160G with a goldmine of music!
9. If you could change what falls from the sky every time it rains, what would it be and why?
What a great question. I guess I’d still like it to be drinkable water, only multicoloured.
10. Thanks for your time and good luck with everything. Looking forward just to finish off, what are your ambitions for the rest of 2022 and beyond?
This year is all about getting this first record out, and hopefully make a start with the recordings of my 2nd album. I’d really just like to start playing and touring a lot, seeing more of the continent and meeting new people along the way. Music is for sharing!
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