Interview with Govier
By Steffen Armstrong
Fresh off the press with news of his arrival on the scene with a début record, it was difficult to avoid the sounds and charm of one man...Govier from Atlanta, Georgia. On this occasion, Third Outing couldn't wait to share our words with the man fresher than orange juice himself...
Govier how has all of this started? And where are your influences amongst it?
I started making my own music when I was 17 or 18, but I've been playing music with people since I was 12. My biggest influences are Christopher Owens, Rodriguez, Wholewheat, Built to Spill, Daniel Johnston and Elliott Smith.
There's a new album coming out which we will soon première, called Predators. What's your favourite part of the record and what stands out for you most?
I think at this point my favourite song is Have This Dance. I like the way I textured the song and it's the one I'm most proud of. I hope that I can get validation from people liking this record because when you're the only person in the creative process, it can make you feel a bit crazy. It's almost like making music in a vacuum and it can be hard to tell what's good and what's not. You just have to trust the decisions you make. I took my favourite nine songs I've made over the course of the last few months and I'm just putting them out. The only other people who have heard them are a few friends and my girlfriend...
Really so few people...is this the only project you have going on at the moment?
This is the only project that I'm working on right now. I would possibly work with other people in the future but for now this is making me happy.
On the record you've got all of these cool drawings and artworks. Is that side important to you?
I honestly just thought that it'd be funny to represent myself as a cartoon instead of having real photos of myself. I feel like the drawings are always what's going on in my imagination when I write these songs. I try to have them represent the music as much as they can. I also think it makes the listener view the music differently which I like. I definitely don't want photos of my face plastered all over my music.
How is Atlanta in general for music and specifically the Indie music scene?
Honestly, the Atlanta music scene is all over the place. When I was in a band a few years ago we were looking for some local venues to play. One day someone in the band told us about this random club where we could play a 20 minute set. We showed up to the place and it turned out to be a Jamaican Club where people usually played jazz covers. We still played our set and the 50-year olds were jamming out. They were nice to us but damn was that just a weird night. Also, apparently one of the guitarists playing that night was a session guitarist for Atlantic Records back in the 70's. The whole experience was surreal. Other than that there are a few cool bands in Atlanta like Sea Ghost, but there's a LOT of rap happening here.
The Atlantic Record connection is cool. Imagine you can play one gig with one band, which would it be?
I would probably choose to play a gig with Jimi Hendrix. I would want to watch him shreddddddd.