GOVS is what happens when songwriter/producer Josiah Birrell spends time with the musical instruments he's had since high school, his laptop and some headphones. Magic happens.
Tell us about your music. How did you develop your sound?
GOVS is myself, instruments I've had since high school, my laptop and some headphones. I finish songs by way of recording them, starting with a melody or a riff on the guitar or piano it grows as I hear it back and decide what I want to hear next. I moved from Bundaberg when I was 19 to study a music production course on the Gold Coast, so I'm kinda like a songwriter turned rookie producer.
What’s your greatest source of inspiration for making music?
When you're writing a song, you're creating something that hasn't existed before...you get to invent something.
What can punters expect from a GOVS live show?
A mix of piano and a guitar slacker tracks.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given and who was it from?
'Art is never complete...only abandoned' - One of my best friends said that to me while quoting some one else.
What Australian track would you play to cheer up someone who was crying?
' by The Middle East
What Australian track would you play to someone to make them cry?
You’re the DJ at a party. The dance floor is pumping. What Australian track do you put on next?
What was the last local gig you went to? How was it?
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard at the Soundlounge. They had two drummers on stage. It was like having stereo drums in real life!
Tell us about the bands or people in the Gold Coast music community that inspire you.
There's a band called the Salvadarlings
who've adopted me since living on the coast. They all grew up here together and took me under their wing when we were introduced by a mutual friend a while ago when I was putting together a band for GOVS to play shows. Sometimes I play drums for them.
What are your plans for the rest 2014 and in to 2015?
I think I'm gonna close the laptop for a while. I've been a little bit everywhere this year, renovating GOVS and trying to find new ways to keep it interesting. In hindsight of my releases to date, there's a big picture to what I'm trying to say - I want to work out what that is, come back and say it.