10 Questions With… A series that delves into fresh new releases from some of our favourite artists. With a focus on our Melodic Distraction hosts and wider community, this lil natter gives us an insight into their musical escapades when they’re in their studio, not ours.
Fresh from the release of intently anticipated debut EP ‘Seduction of a Hunter’, we chat with one of Manchester’s most exciting, emerging artists: GOMID. The Nigerian gothic vocals of Iyunoluwanimi Yemi-Shodimu and the post-industrial ambient production of Sam Scott creates an intoxicating mix; music in a seductive, transnational form that wraps around your ears and leaves you hooked. Paired with a captivating live performances at the likes of Peckham Audio and Yes! Manchester, GOMID are only just getting started…
GOMID, we’re in love with ‘Seduction of a Hunter’. Can you tell us more about the ideas behind it?
Seduction of a Hunter is an exercise in speculation. We are creating a forest of arcane beings, at once recognisable and unfamiliar. Unaware and unbothered by our petty little human squabbles but fully immersed, as we are, in theirs. A resounding awe in the power of God oscillates through the densely packed trees. Slowly we are soundtracking this forest, observing its textures and listening as its primordial vines break free and start a whole new cycle of life on the ground below. We tentatively ask, when they can be bothered to answer, what these creatures think is seductive. Seduction of a Hunter is their response.
Who were you listening to a lot whilst making it?
We remember a lot of Playboi Carti, Duval Timothy, Laurie Anderson, Actress and DJ Lag, Babyxsosa and Ruger.
How was GOMID born? Can you tell us exactly what ‘GOMID’ means?
The name ‘GOMID’ comes from the first Yoruba novel ever written, called ‘A Hunter in a Forest of 1000 Daemons’. A beautiful book you should all check out. In the introduction of the book the translator Wole Soyinka invents the word ‘Ghommid’ to denote an otherworldliness to the creatures to the book. This would not be assigned a default western morality or spirituality by western readers, i.e angels, spirits, demons. This allowed him to accurately translate these creatures and their uniquely West African spirituality and amorality that codes their every interaction. With God, death, humanity, love, seduction and technology, GOMID seeks to embody this invention. As for how we met, I was on a date at Sam’s house that got sidetracked.
How do you combine your transnational roots to create your unique sound?
Most of the time we’re just talking for what feels like millennia about our perspectives. We’ve both lived quite different lives and we disagree on so many things, but we both enjoy each other’s minds. Our chats are intense because we both demand to know what the hell the other person is talking so confidently about. We are not afraid to wear our biases and perspectives on our sleeves. However, they are loving with an understanding that both of us really take time to introspect and research our perspectives and respective cultural backgrounds. We do this endlessly until at some point we stop talking and we make some music. At that point the sound speaks for itself.
What’s your take on the Manchester music scene? Are there any up-and-coming artists we should have on our radar?
It’s vibrant and lovely up here. We’ve been loving Sibz, they’re a brand of hip-hop that’s really going to fester into something unique. DJ Soyboi and Fka Hardcore have lost their minds and it reflects in their music – we can’t wait to see what they do next. NIIX is sick as hell but she’s technically from Liverpool (Manchester has stolen her heart though), and there’s a producer/DJ called Scapa that’s also sick as hell – watch out for her. Oh and there’s a producer called Z James whose edits I really like. Their collective Kultura throw the best parties in Manchester.
You’re also both captivating live performers. What goes through your head right before you step onto the stage?
Similar to the making of the music, half of the time we spend practising is just talking about perspective. Intensely ironing out any kinks in our sound. We like our live performance to be a completely unique experience to our recorded one, so a lot of time is spent crafting new music. Then it goes silent for like an hour before we play in both our heads. We stop talking, we grab a couple hot waters and some honey and then we’re on stage.
Who would be your dream artist to play alongside?
If we’re dreaming, we wanna play with Duval Timothy. Babyxsosa is my favourite rapper that’s not myself, so I wanna play with her. Also we’d kill an opening night for Carti.
Where do you hope to see the music scene in five years’ time?
We’re very lonely boys, classic misunderstood types. You’d shed a tear if it wasn’t so viscously adorable. And so really, GOMID is us soundtracking a world of desire and pleasure where both of us can exist not so lonely, surrendered and empowered by a community of lonely misunderstood types. A pressurised combatant of smoochable cuties whose music is a reflection of tactile fluid desire, ready to take up arms to protect our vulnerabilities from malicious intent at a moments notice.
What was the last record you bought?
An El Irreal Veintiuno record called ‘Vestigio’. Daemon drum sounds… I like it a lot.
You’ve already released a follow-up – tell us more!
We have a release with Tobago Tracks called GO. Some of our finest work and it has a video. Check it out:
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