A few weeks ago, Cape Town based electro-pop band GoodLuck announced the beginning of their new journey; being signed to one of the world's biggest Dance Music labels, Armin Van Buuren’s “Armada Music”. Their first release on the label, “Back In The Day”, features Dutch DJ De Hofnar with a nostalgic and euphoric summer tune, already capturing the hearts and minds of electronic music fans all over the world. We caught up with the band to ask them a few questions about this exciting new direction their careers have taken.
The journey of GoodLuck has taken you guys all over the world during the time you have been making music. How does it feel to have finally reached on of the top platforms for electronic music? It feels incredible as an African act to be recognized by such a massive international dance label - it really proves that the global reach of music can change lives. We've been working so hard on writing better songs, learning new techniques for recording and honing our production and performance skills, that when you finally get a break like this - the emotion is really intense, it's not a release of pressure by any means, in fact, the pressure levels skyrocket! But it is an awesome justification for all the hard work.
You guys have performed alongside some of the biggest Dance Music acts in the world, do you feel as if this signing will push you guys even further into the Dance Music scene in Europe and around the world? Absolutely. The opportunities to perform and work with some our heroes have been great stepping stones to building new friendships and working relationships with artists around the world and with our signing with Armada and the amount of time that we spend in Europe, we are definitely going to take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way. Whether is remixing or collaborating, touring with some of the biggest names in the dance scene, we will be hustling even harder than ever!
How did the collaboration with De Hofnar come about and what was it like working with him? We were both signed to the same Dutch booking agent at the time and got to hang out a lot on the road whilst touring in Europe. We are both into the same kind of music so it felt natural to suggest a collab. We sat down for one day in our apartment in Amsterdam and put the bare bones of the track together but had no more time left in our touring schedule to sit together, so we had to rely on Skype. Jules finished writing the lyrics on the road and then we took the song back to our studio in Cape Town to finish it off. But like a lot of art the inspiration had disappeared and between De Hofnar and us we hit a bit of a creative brick wall. It often happens with the amount of touring that songs get put on the back burner and so it happened with “Back in the Day”. Eventually, Jules said, "we have got to finish this song!" and she shooed me back into the studio to wrap it up. So there I was in our studio trying to be creative with De Hofnar on the other side of the world via a terrible internet connection! It was very challenging, but we made it work. The final inspiration came when Matt joined the band and one of our first days working together I pulled up the song and asked him to play a cool sax line over it...A few hours later Matt and Jules had come up with the catchiest sax hook I'd ever heard and we were on the phone to De Hofnar to play it for him. We all loved it and after a few more weeks of tweaking the song was done!
What is the rest of the season looking like for you and are there any projects for us to keep an eye on in the coming months? Madness! The summer touring season is always crazy - being back in SA is always awesome and we try to squeeze in as many shows around the country as possible. This summer we have some really exciting shows lined up, we're going to India for the first time to play at SunBurn Festival in Goa - this is one of the biggest electronic festivals in the world so we are super honoured to be on the line up. We're also at the Vic Falls Carnival in Zimbabwe for New Year’s which will be our first performance ever in Zimbabwe. We are most excited about our residency in Plettenberg Bay called Get Lucky Summer, which is basically the Kirstenbosch of Plettenberg Bay! It consists of 5 concerts right on the edge of the ocean on the lawns of the Beacon Isle hotel with an audience of around 1 thousand fans. This year we have an incredible line up of opening acts - we've got De Hofnar who is coming out especially for this show, as well as Al Bairre, The City, TimODV, The Kiffness and Rubber Duc; we can't wait to share the stage with these legends.
Goodluck music is an irresistible blend of electronica, pop and subtle influences of jazz, creating a sound that is thoroughly their own and they have been taking this sound to audiences across Europe, Africa and the UK over the past 3 years.
Their high-octane performances have earned them a credible place amongst other artists in the live-electronic genre. GoodLuck have shared stages with Groove Armada, Bassment Jaxx, The Petshop Boys, Bakermat, Goldfish and Paul Oakenfold to name a few. GoodLuck have performed at sold out concerts in Amsterdam, Berlin and London and are due to bring back their summer residency for the second year, which sold out all 5 concerts in 2014.
De Hofnar: is a dutch born and raised DJ and producer who is well known for combining elements of deep house and melodic house. From a young age, De Hofnar started producing electronic music. He has a number of popular songs’ remixes under his belt such as Ryan Lewis x Macklemore’s “Same Love”, and John Legends’s “All of Me”.