By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“I hope I see you in the year 2030.”
The above sentence serves as not just a wish, but motivation for a brighter future, well, at least for international four-piece musical hybrid group Gone Gone Beyond.
‘2030’ is the title of their recently released sophomore full-length album and has been described as “a collection of existential love songs, exploring our connections to each other and the planet,” as evidenced by the widely praised singles “Another Earth” and “Canyons.”
Gone Gone Beyond are multi-instrumentalists/singer-songwriters David Block (Los Angeles/NYC), Danny Musengo (Iowa/NYC), Kat Factor (Santa Cruz) and Mel Semé (Cuba/Barcelona).
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to conduct an email interview where the band collectively answered about ‘2030’ and more.
Music Bugle – How was the band name decided?
Gone Gone Beyond – David came up with it while on a trip to India. It’s taken from the heart sutra and kind of sums up what this music is about for us.
Music Bugle – What was your goal for your new album ‘2030’?
Gone Gone Beyond – To inspire connection. Some people have referred to the songs as psychedelic hymnals. We hope that people will be able to sing with us and connect to them in a deep way.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your style of music?
Gone Gone Beyond – The beautiful thing about this combination of energies is that there’s so many places we can go. This album spans from indie to folk to soul to EDM to world music, yet they all feel very connected in spirit. There’s a lot of paints on the palette for us to play with.
Music Bugle – How would you compare your new music to your older material?
Gone Gone Beyond – This is the first album that we really made all together and you hear that in the music. We knew we had great ingredients, but this is the record where we really started getting the recipes down.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Gone Gone Beyond – A lot of people are making amazing music right now. Rye X, Bahamas, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Adrienne Lenker…the list goes on. Also, a lot of classics from Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald to Fleetwood Mac and the Carpenters. We listened to a lot of older music when making the record. Lots of seventies folk and Motown.
Music Bugle – Which of your songs were the hardest to write?
Gone Gone Beyond – There’s a song on the album called “Everything” that covers a lot of ground musically. You’ll hear it. Getting those parts to all fit seamlessly took some doing, but we think we made it happen in the end.
Music Bugle – What has been your favorite onstage experience?
Gone Gone Beyond – There have been so many magical ones in the past few years. Recently, we’ve been doing these intimate shows at David’s cabin in Topanga Canyon, just outside of Los Angeles. A bunch of amazing musicians have come and sat in with us. We’ve really missed connecting with people so intimately and are excited it’s coming back!
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt musicians?
Gone Gone Beyond – There’s a light and dark to everything. It’s an amazing way to directly reach listeners. No middle man or tastemaker, but it’s obviously got its challenges and the expectation to be on social media all the time is definitely hard for some of us.
Music Bugle – What’s something that people might be surprised to know about the band?
Gone Gone Beyond – That Kat and Mel both have 11 brothers and sisters!
Music Bugle – Where do you go when you need a break?
Gone Gone Beyond – Back home. That’s different places for all of us, but each one is a sanctuary.
*Photo Credit – LP Hastings*