Like many artists today, with Gorgeous Bully it's the conversation that you focus on. Not the technical quality. There is, however, one question we will try to answer: is Lo-Fi an aesthetic choice or the only way he knows how?
Thomas Crang AKA Gorgeous Bully has the kind of story many musicians today could easily relate to. He started the project in 2010 with his girlfriend but it never got anywhere (with her). She left the band but he kept the name and continued to write and record. The early material was very simple, if not to say common, mostly cool vocal melodies and guitar strums (here's a best of from 2010 to 2016).
Lo-Fi often means a rawer form of a musical idea. It has more to do with channeling emotions and feelings than precise technical feats. It's also a mirror our generation's Indie style. We're the generation of bedroom artists, home studios and music straight from the heart. The lucky ones like Alex G, Pinegrove, Frankie Cosmos to name but three managed to find relative success and give hope to an entire generation of young musicians not afraid to "show" themselves the way they are, like Thomas.
"Lo-Fi for that convenience and that warm feel"
Gorgeous Bully carried on with 4-track bedroom recordings and half-baked songs, and as he told us, will probably be "flogging this dead horse for years to come" too. But the next thing he confesses all but confirms what we already had in mind. Yes, Gorgeous Bully use Lo-Fi because that's what he does best, and truth is, he also doesn't know any better."Before I started recording and writing 'Great Blue' I hadn't written or really done anything for the previous year for multiple reasons (being homeless, a bit jaded and generally an idiot) so honestly, I just felt glad to be settled and writing, recording and releasing music again".