Artist Interviews

Q&A: Fool’s Gold

By | Published on Thursday 1 September 2011

Fool's Gold

Formed in LA, Fool’s Gold first unveiled their singular spin on Afrobeat-inspired dance-pop with an eponymous 2009 debut album. Once a freeform collective comprising twelve to fifteen members, they have condensed themselves into a quintet for their new LP ‘Leave No Trace’, which is due out on 5 Sep.

Fresh off their own European tour, the band have scored a somewhat lucrative slot supporting Red Hot Chili Peppers on their nine-date UK/Ireland run, which kicks off at Dublin’s O2 Arena on 7 Nov.

Ahead of this, co-founder Luke Top took a stab at our Same Six Questions.

Q1 How did you start out making music?
1984: By singing along to Duran Duran records.
1987: By hiding in a backyard tree with a small keyboard.
1993: By growing my hair and “reconceptualising” grunge via my very first band.
1994: By copying early Sonic Youth records, etc.

Q2 What inspired your latest album?
Love, loneliness, friendship, anger, obsession, chance, the pleasure principle.

Q3 What process do you go through in creating a track?
Spiritual bribery.

Q4 Which artists influence your work?
Ron Artest, Thomas Mapfumo, Rene Magritte and Chris Farley.

Q5 What would you say to someone experiencing your music for the first time?
“Hey (enter name), how are you? Oh. Well, this might (choose one: help you/cure you/love you back/ruin you)”.

Q6 What are your ambitions for your latest album, and for the future?
That each listener really LISTENS to the album, and is in the moment while doing so (ie preferably the vinyl copy, with their phones and computers off). If people can do that, and strip away the need to hyper-categorise it, I don’t see why we can’t be as popular as a sunny day in Los Angeles.