JA: Today you played your very first American festival, yesterday you played your first American gig, at Webster Hall in N.Y.C . How does it feel coming to America and breaking your gig virginity here?
GF: It felt special man. L.A. in particular, the people at HARD are really there for the music, there’s no bullshit about them. It was beautiful man, a dream come true.
JA: I’m a big fan of your music. It’s very ethereal, cosmic vibes but you can dance to it. Perfect for viewing full moon eclipse and exploding red dwarves. You have an arts background, particularly in graffiti. How does that lend to your process of creation?
GF: I grew up just drawing whatever I could. By the time I turned 14, 15 I was drawing on other peoples shit. I just kind of fell in Love with doing art for art’s sake, knowing most people would probably hate it, but not caring. And finally when I hit 18, I just realized I couldn’t keep writing on other people’s shit. You hit a point where it’s like I’m either going to travel or I’m not. Music gave me somewhere to re-direct that energy. But I took kind of the same attitude into music, where it was like if people like it, awesome, cause I really do appreciate it when people like my music. But if not, fuck it, fuck you.
JA: I just talked to Peking Duk and you guys are all friends, they expressed that they Love you very much, in a manly way of course. It seem’s like the new crop of Aussie musician’s are a real tight knight crew, particularly in the Sydney scene. Talk a little about that circle, that scene there and how it’s blown up so rapidly.
GF: Australia’s small, land mass wise it’s about the size of the U.S. but population wise it’s a bit less than California and spread out all over the country. Everybody know’s everyone. Adam and Ruben from Peking Duck moved over from a sister city Canberra and we grew to Love and hate each other for various reasons but everyone just know’s everyone. The same club that Emoh from What So Not got his start in (What So Not was formerly a duo of Flume & Emoh Instead, before Flume left the group in Feb.) Alison Wonderland, we all played the same clubs. There is not a lot of options of where to come through so we all naturally came up together.
JA: Aussie slang is like ear porn to me, it truly makes the linguistic area of my brain orgasm. Please share your favorite word in the pantheon of Australian slang.
GF: Well I’m not sure what my favorite one is, but my least favorite is “Yeah, nah”. Which doesn’t sound like much but when you’re trying to get going somewhere and your like “You ready to go?” and they are like “Yeah, nah. Nah, yeah” it’s really hard to understand their objective. Even when you’re from there it’s like really? Fuck you if you say that shit, it’s either yeah or nah!
JA: You’re very passionate about that. I can appreciate your hate of that term. Am I being Captain Obvious if I note that you wear a golden mask while you play? How did you go about creating it?
GF: It was created by some people I know who make theatrical props. They made a mold of my face before they built it so they could fit it properly. The mold was sitting in my living room for a while until my girlfriend became so bothered by it we had to put it in the closet.
JA: There’s a certain rapper who formerly wore a mask named Ghost Face Killer who seems to be on the warpath lately. Do you ever worry that he will set his sights on you and assault you on the street or via youtube like he did Action Bronson?
GF: I should change my name to Toast Face Killer right, my mask kinda looks like a piece of toast.
JA: More like a cinnamon toast crunch I think.
GF: To be honest if I lived my life towards what Ghost Face thought, I would be a much better person. If I live in fear of him, my life would be so much worse so. I’m just happy the attention is all on Action Bronson, if it comes to me then I will deal with it then.
JA: He might write a diss record about you and put it on youtube.
GF: If that happened I would promptly do a remix of it, I Love him that much.
JA: Excellent, I hope that happens and I get all the credit for starting the beef. You’ve got two EP’s under your belt. You’ve done collabo’s with Thelma Plum and Porter Robinson. What do you have coming up as far as new collab’s and the flow of your tunes?
GF: Well I’m working with What So Not, Peking Duk, Carmada, people who are homies. It might never eventuate into anything, but I am at a point where being in the studio with so many different people is teaching me so much and opening my world. I want to work with good people but they have to be friends first.
You can hear Golden Features latest EP XXIV on his Soundcloud.