Chris Gold is an emerging artist from Toronto. His first single, “One Night Love” has been hitting several airwaves across the country. It has also gotten many positive reviews so far. We had the chance to interview Chris Gold. Keep reading to find out more about Canada’s newest pop artist.
Can we get a little bit of background about you?
I grew up on a wide range of musical genres through my father’s love for music. As a child, I would listen to music with the desire of being the voice on the track. My parents caught on to my passion for singing and pushed me into vocal lessons. From there, my desire of becoming a performing artist grew stronger, which brought me to study at Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts in Toronto. I was taught structured classical musicality, however, I always added my own flavour to whatever I sang in school. Pop and R&B music was such an influence to me while I was exploring what kind of artist I was meant to become.
How long have you been a musician?
I’ve been in a long relationship with music and I don’t know what I would do without it. I wrote my first song when I was about 11 and became serious about writing music after losing my father when I was 16. It was a heavy loss for me and writing music about the emotions I was feeling gave me comfort. I knew from there that music was my own form of expression and I’ve been writing ever since.
What was your journey to getting where you are?
Getting to where I am now has taken a lot of patience and hard work. I used to upload covers on YouTube while I was taking the time to write my own music. I was always interested in collaborating with different creators in the online music community, in search for the newest sounds. I was contacted by some up-and-coming producers in Toronto and was given a demo beat to contribute my ideas to. I heard the beat and instantly became inspired to create a melody and write lyrics, which turned into my debut single One Night Love. It took about 6 months to build it all together, and now it’s finally here for the world to discover.
When did you first realize your single was becoming a hit?
I think the single is on it’s way to becoming recognized. I felt the love coming from Victoria, BC when One Night Love was featured on KiSS FM’s Hit It or Quit It. The song ended up being the first champion to be added into their 2016 Hall of Fame. It was an amazing feeling to hear my song on a popular radio station.
Are you planning on releasing an album this year?
I plan on releasing an EP soon. The date hasn’t been released yet, but I do have a line up of songs that I am looking forward to sharing with you.
Do you get a lot of experience performing?
I love the feeling of connecting with people while I’m on stage. It’s a whole new experience when you hear a song live. You get to see what people feel in that moment. Those moments resonate with me.
Can you describe your writing style for us?
My writing style is pretty versatile. I am very experimental with writing. I do enjoy writing structured songs, but sometimes I just want to vibe out and see where things go.
Do you plan on staying within the genre?
I am all about exploring music. Sounds in music are always changing, and a lot of music these days are a fusion of different genres. I hope to create a new sound that people will appreciate and represent pop music in a different way.
What’s your goal for the rest of 2016?
My goal is to work on the music and grow as an artist. Through music, I want to create a connection with my listeners.
At Canadian Beats, we have a tradition of asking fun questions at the end of our interviews.
Since we’re about Canadian music, who is your favourite Canadian artist?
I think The Weeknd is killing it right now. He’s a talented vocalist and writer. He’s created a distinctive sound for himself and I respect him for that.
Is there an artist you are inspired by and/or mimic?
I’ve been writing more lately so I’ve been inspired by productions without vocals. I’ve been into an electronic duo from Denmark called Kenton Slash Demon. I’ve also enjoyed works by Kaytranada, who is from Montreal, Canada. I am also inspired by Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson. Their music is out of this world and the way they command the stage is something I look up to.
And last but not least, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
I just want to say THANK YOU. The support I’ve been receiving has inspired me to continue to create. I hope you all enjoy One Night Love.
Connect with Chris Gold:
I’m an aspiring entertainment journalist from Fredericton, New Brunswick, and a 2017 graduate from St. Thomas University with majors in Journalism and Psychology.
Aside from psychology, my passion has always been for music and storytelling. It is my dream to be in the industry, and music journalism seems to be the perfect fit. Along with a bit of photography dabbling, I think I’m pretty well on on my way.
When I’m not working, I’m listening to music, finding new artists to love, playing Dungeons and Dragons, or playing with my cats.