I had the privilege to do a Q & A with two producers that hail from the west coast & call themselves Goshfather & Jinco. This duo has been dropping massive tracks and are well on their way to getting themselves on some of the biggest event marquees and festival line-ups the electronic scene has to offer. Members Jeremy Berger and Victor Tapia have received support from fellow djs/producers Dj Fresch, Borgeous, and Kayzo; most recently they dropped a free song that you can get from their sound cloud. Here is what they had to say when I threw some questions their way.
What made you decide to enter the music world?
Jeremy – I’ve always loved music ever since I was little. My dad would play guitar for me and my brothers every night so my family was always around it. However, I couldn’t motivate for the life of me to learn how to play. It wasn’t until 2010 when I went to Coachella for the first time and I saw Tiesto, Wolfgang Gartner, Pretty Lights, Deadmau5 and had my mind blown. I was mesmerized at the fact that these guys got to perform music in front of 1000’s of people and I realized that was my calling. The first day back to work I walked into one of my co-workers office and said, “I’m gonna learn how to produce music so I can dj for 1000’s of people.” That is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past 2.5 years. Its funny though, when I first got into it everyone I met always complained about the industry and how hard it is to break into, which it is don’t get me wrong, but I’ve always said that if you stay positive and work your ass off good things will come. We really try to live by that and keep a positive head and work space and when the time is right and the music is right things will fall right into place. Victor was studying classical music & opera for 7 or 8 years before starting his own business promoting in Hollywood clubs, and fell in love with the house music that was being played in all of the venues he worked at… and wanted to combine the 2 worlds.
Was there a song or artist in particular that inspired you to be a producer?
Jeremy – I cant say that there was one artist in particular that inspired me to “be” a producer cause I am inspired by all type of music. Victor and I both are huge fans of artists like Nirvana, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin to name a few. Each of these artists are extremely influential and one thing they all have in common is they took major risks with their approach to music. I think that is something very important when trying to build your name, and that is to create a unique sound and develop a style that sets you apart from the masses. We’re also hugely influenced by the old east bay hip-hop scene as well as reggae music. This all said what really inspires us are artists like Cashmere Cat, Djemba Djemba, Mr. Carmack, DJ Snake, Diplo, Skrillex, Koan Sound, GTA, Astronomar … artists who take risks and push the envelope on what is acceptable.
How would you describe your style of music?
Jeremy – I would say it’s nostalgia infused. One thing we really try to do with our music is jump the spectrum. This meaning to incorporate all the little nuances from different genre’s of music we like. One of our main goals is to produce every genre from trap to deep house to drum n bass to pop and the reason behind it, is we play all these genres in our live sets (maybe not so much dnb). If we play a supporting set for Sander Van Doorn, we can’t drop our original trap songs but we can play our unreleased deep house tracks and for us, playing live is all about playing our original music. Its now gotten to a point where we can practically play an entire live set of all original music which is something we’re really proud of.
Where did the name Goshfather & Jinco come from?
Jeremy – well this is a pretty stupid story but Jinco was born around the age of 10. My brother used to wear JNCO jeans (the huge baggy bmx/rollerblader jeans) and I wanted a pair so bad but they didn’t make them in my size. All of my brothers friends would make fun of me cause I wanted a pair so bad and then finally my mom came home with a pair that fit me and I wore them everyday. Then one winter morning my brother stopped wearing his jeans so I stopped wearing them and cause I made a big fuss about getting them everyone just started calling me Jinco. Such an enlightening story I know. Goshfather came to him in a dream because he had this thing about how he’s never watched the entire trilogies of the Godfather films, and he woke up, wrote it down, and it stuck with him.
When did you realize that producing music is what you wanted to move forward with professionally?
Jeremy – I knew from the day I discovered house music that this is what I wanted to do professionally. It took us about 3 years to get to where we are today and we still have a lot of work to do and a long road ahead. With that said, we know understand what is needed to move forward and we’re doing everything we can to expand the brand and our music.
How do you prepare for a show/set?
Jeremy – Most of my prep work is finding new music. Victor and I really like to play a different set every show. We want every time someone sees us play to be a new experience. Yes we may play some of the same songs but never in the same order and mostly new edits or new tracks that we find. Once we have all the new music we set cue points for them on our flashdrives in rekordbox for quick mixing purposes and boom we’re ready to go.
Who were some of your inspirations musically growing up? Have they changed over time?
Jeremy – Growing up I listened to a lot of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, Simon and Garfunkel, REM, Eric Clapton, then stuff like Weezer, Bad religion, Tiger Army etc. I’ve had some weird music phases growing up cause after all this amazing music I went into super gangster rap like, Mac Dre, The Luniz, 2pac, Snoop & Dr. Dre, Eminem, then over to Hieroglyphics, Living Legends, Pharcyde etc. Then over to the reggae side and really fell in love with roots music such as Ooklah the Moc, Natural vibrations, Bob Marley, Groundation, Gentleman. From there I went over to post rock/metal listening to bands like Red Sparrows, Issis, Russian Circles. I think all these artists influence everything just cause I’ve been a fan of all different types of music. Its funny though causes growing up in Santa Cruz California, it wasn’t cool to listen to “techno” aka dance music and it wasn’t until years after high school did I really discover how awesome dance music really is.
What is your opinion on the current state of EDM (or more specific genre)?
Jeremy – I think EDM is in a very unique state. It’s massive as all hell and only getting bigger and bigger but I think artists need to take more risks with their music. Guy’s who have the most power and play the biggest shows, in my opinion, need to take risks and push the envelope. I don’t go to many shows cause its hard for me to sit through a 2 hour set of only house music. My brain starts to explode and I need variation. Not open format but different tempo, different kick pattern, different synth sounds, slow it down, speed it up etc. The guys who are killing the game right now are guys like Antiserum, Mr. Charmack, Djemba Djemba, Milo & Otis, Tchami, Mercer etc and I think that if the industry doesn’t recognize these talents and start bringing them to the forefront of the mainstream music scene it may cost them in the long run.
Who are some artists that you would like to collaborate with today?
Victor – GTA first and foremost. We see so much of ourselves in what they do… they are the gold standard for so many of our productions. “Would GTA drop this?” That’s a question we ask ourselves when we’re making tracks… if the answer is YES then we’re on to something! Diplo of course… Brillz… collaborating with homies like Kayzo, Infinitee and Dr.Fresch, each of whom we already have released a track with, is very inspiring because these guys are at our level, they are hustling, and we learn from each other and push ourselves to take risks. Also would love to collaborate with singers such as Charlie XCX or Mapei or Icona Pop.. basically Swedish singer chicks cause they are INSANE WHEN IT COMES TO WRITING HOOKS!
Here is a track that they did with one of the homies Dj Fresch!
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Who are another three that you would have had they been around when you started making music?
Victor – Jim Morrison, Nirvana, The Beatles or Hendrix.. yes thats 4. It wouldn’t be a collaboration though really… just us sitting there in shock and drooling, maybe crying in a fetal position.
Was there point in your music career where you had a sort of “I made it” moment?
Victor – Not yet… but when we were making our newest release in the studio (our remix of Dido’s Thank You) we both got chills at the same time. As Axwell says: “The goosebumps never lie.” This was one of the first times our own track has made us feel that way. So, that’s the closest thing we’ve had!
Was there a point where you felt like it was never going to happen?
Victor – Maybe this isn’t the answer you are looking for, but there have been times when we’ve had expectations for something to happen, and it completely didn’t happen. We’re learning to reframe the feelings of rejection and disappointment and turn them positive. That’s the only way to get good with this… you need to learn to fail gracefully and use that energy constructively. If you always have that mindset, and combine it with your ambition, you will never fully feel like your dream is ‘never going to happen’.
Judging by your social media feeds you are a pretty fun loving guys; so when you are not tearing it up behind the decks or in the studio what do you do to clear your head?
Victor – Jinco is a huge surfer, and that is his zen. For me (Goshfather) it’s a combination of doing nothing, working on my business, and trying to learn about things that aren’t in my field of knowledge. Also reading Game of Thrones, oof.
Who do you think would win in a fight? A Grilled Cheese Sandwich or a Taco…mind you there are prison rules.
Victor – OUR ULTIMATE STUDIO FOOD IS MEXICAN FOOD. Jinco is addicted to Tacos and it’s safe to say 99% of our tracks have been entirely ghost-produced by Chipotle burrito bowls. All hail the almighty taco. The taco bends to no rules. The taco IS THE LAW.
What song best describes your performances?
Victor – “LUNATIC”.
If you could pick two DJ/Producer/Artists to be your parents who would they be?
Victor – GTA & Deorro.
Waffles or Pancakes?
Victor – NO GLUTEN FOR US, BRO.
Where were you professionally 2 years ago, and where do you see yourself 2 years from now?
Victor – Jinco was working as a creative director creating content at a comic book publishing/production company. Goshfather was studying opera singing at UCLA, and started his own business promoting in Hollywood, CA. 2 years from now, we just want to be collaborating with everyone and playing the big stages in the planet. We want our tunes on the radio… we’re talking Walmart and Starbucks and your car stereo. We want random humans to hear songs we’ve worked on in the most remote pockets of the world…. and it’s going to happen if we have anything to say about it!
Here are some of my favorite tracks from these fellas
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and here is their nostalgic banger that they are giving to their fans for FREE. I know you all know what track this is once it hits!!
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