Space Coke – Interview
Interview with Reno Gooch of Space Coke and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
RG. Space Coke is a hard psych band that is very performance based. I like to make intense, fuzzed out psychedelic sounds on the Sabbathy side of things. The 60’s term “happenings” is a good descriptor of how I like our concerts to be.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
RG. I’m a South Carolina guy with South American roots that was raised by my Hindu grandfather. I started playing guitar at age 8 in Boston with an electric bought by my uncle from a street person.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Dali, Zappa, The Butthole Surfers, Helios Creed, Black Sabbath, Coil, Psychic TV, Pollock, Sun Ra, Rumi, Borges, Allende, Shankar, I could go on for a long time…
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
RG. To continue to perform and record music, do anything else artistic and drink tea.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
RG. I (Reno) write them. The subjects are whatever peaks my interest. It’s so fun to be able to just make a song about anything at all. I have songs on the new album about Thelema, Hindu deities, occult laden murder, and psychological unrest among other topics.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
RG. Any way I can. I use all the norms like flyers, radio, interviews, social media (Instagram in particular) etc.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
RG. My favorite media is vinyl with an accompanied digital download. The worst things about downloads are piracy and low quality files. Compressed MP3s can cause listeners to miss out on so much sonic goodness.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
RG. It’s great to see independent labels do well and release such amazing catalogues. I work in the industry and to me there’s not much worse for music than corporations. Although they have the money. Surviving as a musician isn’t easy and the industry is very confusing presently. Being forced to be creative about business is exhausting when you’re trying to focus on being creative as an artist.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
RG. Winter from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi. I pretty much play noises, it would be nice to have a mind for music theory that allowed me to dig deeper.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
RG. Musicians that categorize themselves to the point of putting blinders on. Sound is the most universal language that we have and crosses the boundaries that many tongues cause.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
RG. I’m insanely proud everytime I make a recording. It’s so satisfying. I’ve played a few large festivals (as a bassist in other bands) and being loud and seeing so many people enjoying the sounds makes me very proud.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
RG. I’ll tell you about the Columbia, SC Mardi Gras festival 3/2/2019 because it’s one of my favorite events to play. Not one to miss. You should go to Space Coke shows because you never know what will happen. It will not be dull or normal.
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