Easily one of the finest cross-genre outfits you’ll encounter this year, Gideon King aka the mind behind Gideon King & City Blog stopped by to chat about why Neil Young would be his dream collaboration and the best advice Gideon would give to his younger self.
To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.
yes. yes. no.
Do you prefer performing live or recording, and why?
Secretly I would say recording is where I am most at home. There are no constraints. Anything is possible. Every sonic road is open. Perfection is almost possible. Actually I take it back. There is nothing like playing in front of a live crowd. Next question. Wait. Actually recording is so painstaking that you have no excuse but to make it interesting. Its hard to say.
If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
It would be nice if lyrics mattered more and it wasn’t a race to the linguistic bottom. Now I realize I sound like I am stuck in the past but please find me one song today that is as deep as Hotel California or Tangled Up In Blue. It’s a race to the bottom right now.
What would be your dream support gig? Bonus points for place/venue.
I would like to open for the Eagles or Seal at the Beacon and be provided bottled water on stage.
If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
Neil Young. Although Steely Dan is my biggest influence I would love to write lyrics with Neil. His ethereal and frightening imagery is some of the most beautiful in music history
What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?
Honesty and feel make a more lasting impression than acrobatic manipulation of your instrument. Also, have the confidence to work with folks who are demonstrably better than you are and sometimes shut the fuck up and do what you are told musically.