GET TO KNOW: M’GOO

1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?  
The inspirational tent for M’GOO is pretty wide.  Jazz, pop, ska etc.  I think what inspires us is authenticity and the context of what young breathing genres talk about. If you look at any of the classic genres, they all started out from a real place.  Jazz was the voice of a struggling black population, as was blues. The actual feeling of the music spoke to the pains.  This authentic feeling marinated to hip-hop in the 80s.  Punk and grunge were born out of feeling of a resistance to being forced what to think.  All noble voices that has shaped our world. I think what inspires us is that rawness that music and its associated art forms can speak to people.   If I look back, we call got into music at very young ages – as they spoke to us in deep ways about things we cared about.  For myself (Mike) being a child and seeing Michael Jackson, as a black person, as the biggest thing on the planet, really changed the way I looked at music, the world, and the subtle social change that happened after that.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I (Mike) grew up listening to classic 70s and 80s music.  Music that talked to you at some level and had a strong dose of prosody.  When everything comes together: the content, the feeling, and what it leaves you with: Billie Jean, Sinnerman, Strange Fruit, Blackbird, Smalltown Boy, London Calling etc.   All of these songs were connected to a story, events, where you feel the emotion of the moment.  These songs have completely impacted and shaped how we create music.  We write songs based on emotions from true stories about love – and what it teaches us.  That approach is inspired by authentic song-writing that took people to a place.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
We (Matt, Jeff, Mike) began playing music at very young ages.  Myself (Mike) began playing and writing at 12 ish.  We all met in 2000 at jazz school in Montreal.  By then we were all improvisers and creators.
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
2016 shows are currently being planned.  Our shows will be a mixture of music, classic poetry, local storytellers, video etc., all aimed at taking the audience to a moment about the lessons of love.  Here is a live showcase from the current single: https://vimeo.com/193176640.  Sign up to our website www.mgoomusic.com to get more details when they are available.
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Definitely Michael Jackson’s moonwalk.  Defied everything we believed in what was possible….
6 – Where is the best place to find you online?
The best place to find us in via our moodboards, bringing music <> live performances <> storytelling <> discussions together around what love teaches us.  http://www.mgoomusic.com/tracklists/

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *