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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW PHILADELPHIA ARTIST GO4BROKE

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is the thing for you?

I have always known I wanted to do music, but I realized it was something I could really do about a year ago when I started go4broke. My parents started taking me to concerts when I was eight years old and now at the age of twenty, I have probably been to 50+ shows with them. We never went on vacations or really did anything as a family other than go to concerts and I am so thankful for that because it made me fall in love with music and the connection an artist can have with the rest of the world. So, after growing up in that musical household I knew I was going to do something in music. 

Introduce us to you and your musical history.

My name is Parker Keskinen and I go by go4broke. I am from San Diego, CA, but Philadelphia is where I currently live and go to school. I’ve only been making music as go4broke for about a year, but I have been writing and producing music since I was 15 so I have been making music for about 5 years now.

The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, how do you feel you are doing?

I guess that depends on how you define progress. I am a very small artist so if we are going by how “big” I am then I would, so I haven’t progressed a whole lot. However, if progress is just feeling more confident in the music I make and release and how I portray myself as an artist, then I am doing amazing. I have never been more confident in my music, and I think people are really going to enjoy what I have in store for the future.

We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?

That’s a great idea! I am from the US but all of my favorite bands in high school and many now are from the UK and they have heavily inspired my music to this day. Artists like the 1975, Arctic Monkeys, No Rome, The Japanese House, and many more have heavily inspired what I do.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

No, I don’t, I know it isn’t fun but I have always struggled to let myself believe things that can’t be proven so it’s really hard for me to buy in.

Lets share the love, what bands are doing really well in your City?

Lots of bands by my two favorites right now are Splendi and Wallace Tonight. Both are so dope and if you get a chance you should listen to them or go out to one of their shows. Very talented people.

What advice would you give other artists starting out?

The most important thing is don’t freak out if you don’t blow up overnight. I know it sounds silly, but I feel like when you are starting out and you think you made an incredible song and it doesn’t get a ton of streams, it might make you question why you are making music. Just keep trying to write better music every time you sit down and eventually you will be so confident and happy in what you do that it won’t matter what other people think.

Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?

Yes. I saved up so much money to buy this TV that I was so excited about while I was living with my family in San Diego. But then when I had to move to Philly about 6 months later, I couldn’t take it. So now every few months when I visit home, I can use it but it’s as if I don’t own it. It was my first big purchase ever and I can’t even use it. 



What was the worst experience on stage?

Last May I had a show at Rutgers University in New Jersey but the day of the show I could feel my voice starting to go. I didn’t have a very long set so I thought if I was careful and protected my voice, I would be able to at least somewhat do the show that night. Once we drove out there and did soundcheck, I felt confident I would be able to at least get through the set somewhat okay. But the second the first song started, and I tried to sing, nothing came out. I ended up only getting 2 songs into the set with no singing and had to walk off the stage. It was really rough and hard for me to get over that moment but after I recovered and did a few more shows, I regained my confidence and now I work even harder to prepare for each show so that will never happen again.

Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about.

I’m not sure if it’s surprising or all that interesting but I used to love rollercoasters. I still love riding them, but I mean I loved them in the nerdy math way. I wanted to be a rollercoaster engineer. It was definitely a weird time in my life.

If you had to describe your music to an alien how would you describe it?

I would describe it as the documentation of my thoughts hidden within catchy melodies and detailed noise to back them.

What makes you stand out as an artist?

I don’t only write the lyrics about where my head is or what I am thinking, the beats are made to set the mood my head is in as well. Creating an atmosphere and layering sound in a beautiful way is my favorite part of making music and I believe it can portray my emotions just as well as my lyrics can. I always aim to make music that makes people think or feel things, regardless of what the lyrics are. I fell in love with music because of the connection it made me feel with the artist who made it and I want people who listen to my music and feel the same way.

I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.

This new single, “don’t speak,” is one of my favorite tracks I have ever made. With this one and the other stuff I am making right now I am having a lot of fun while also diving into emotions and pieces of my past that I never had before. It’s a disco inspired indie pop track and I really think people are going to like it!

Talk me through the thought process of the new tune.

“don’t speak,” is what I call my “social anxiety anthem.” While it is a disco inspired indie pop track filled with catchy melodies, it’s about my fears of leaving the house and talking to people. I wanted to create a track for people to dance to while they struggle with their own anxieties.

What was the recording process like?

The recording process was pretty much all in my bedroom at college last year on a Friday night. I was feeling anxious and didn’t want to go out so instead I wrote this song and recorded all the instruments right there and then. I think I tracked vocals the next day because I was tired, but it was all written and recorded in pretty much one night.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Most of my music before this has involved big very detailed production but this one is a much more organic track. It took me a while to figure out how to get the mix exactly how I wanted it and make people feel the sound the way I intend it to be felt. It took me a while to figure out how to execute it but I feel so much better now if I wanted to do something similar in the future.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

Honestly no I wouldn’t. I spent a lot of time getting the song to sound the way it is and once I get to that point, I let myself stop tweaking tiny things and just accept it for whatever it is. I portrayed my feelings in a song that I am proud of. I couldn’t be happier than that.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

This isn’t the last you will be hearing from go4broke! So much more music is coming in the next few months and it’s only going to get better from here! If you are in Philly, Me and my band play shows here all the time so come out! I’d love to meet all of you! And if you are somewhere else, I hope to see you soon!

Linktree: https://linktr.ee/go4broke 

Presave: https://songwhip.com/go4broke/dont-speak 

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