Welcome to the first installment of “Before They’re Famous.” My name is Andy Reed, and the idea is a simple one: what happens when you combine the drive for higher education with a never-ending Rolodex of band press kits and social media pages? With a cup of coffee and a great deal of patience, I look and listen for the next young somethings out there to give them a moment in color. Shine on you crazy diamonds, and let it be known that this is the moment in time before you were famous.
Somewhere in Flushing Queens, NYC, the four-piece Josh Gachette & His Pioneers are painting the psychedelic country genre their own shade of bold. Gachette, 25, started writing Pioneers as a sunshine pop album in 2011, sculpting his western shoegaze soundscape in the studio and in between classes at CUNY into the intrepid sonic expedition that it is today. Pioneers (2019) is a unique record that draws parallels between urban renewal and colonialism, gentrification in the shadow of imperialism and reconciliation of identity within a nation in conflict. After listening to a few songs, I reached out to Josh and his band of journeymen for their take on the lessons and experiences gleaned along the path of musical discovery. Typical listeners of country music may want to take their boots off and sit a spell.
You are pursuing a Master’s in Labor and Urban Studies. What kinds of challenges have you faced pursuing higher education? Any conflict between school and the pursuit of your music career?
What can you tell us about your recent release, Pioneers?
You used Kickstarter to fund your album. What was that process like? Is Kickstarter and crowd-sourcing an effective method of fundraising for musicians?
Who are your influences? Who has impacted your sound the most recently?
In a few words, what makes a song good? What makes it great?
J: A good song hits the “golden” ratios harmonically and rhythmically. I don’t know what those are mathematically, but I know them when I hear them. A *great* song on the other hand, takes that perfection then bends it into something that resonates across time and cultures — like a hypnotic tuning fork. A great song is smarter than it seems!
What does 2019 look like? Anything on the radar?
Photo credit x Skinny Dennis Brooklyn