The Eyeconomist meets Iris Gold
“Really I’m not at all very cool”, there are many peoples it’s easy to believe when they say that but, despite her insistence, Iris Gold isn’t one of them. Talking down the phone in an accent oscillating between the bouncing vowels of a Scandinavian lilt and pronunciation which is unmistakably London her intelligence and thoughtfulness is palpable. Her unusual mix of 70s soul, hip-hop and laid back West Coast rock comes in some part through her eclectic childhood.
“Yeah a lot of people seem to really want to know about the whole upbringing thing, I move with my mum from London over to Copenhagen when I was a little kid. We lived in this kind of hippy commune, a lot of people call it a squat but it’s not really, I don’t want you getting the wrong impression you know, they were big nice houses, it wasn’t nasty or anything. A lot of that time really influenced my music, it was really creative space, like loads of hippies all living together, there were a lot of parties which I guess were a little bit weird as a kid, sometimes you just want your own room and your own quiet and stuff, like a normal life, but it was cool, people were really supportive and stuff… I was the only kid as well which I guess was a bit strange, a bit lonely sometimes but I wouldn’t change it you know, it was a great environment.”
Musically that environment has rubbed off with a distinctly Woodstock orientated inflection to a lot of Gold’s melodies topped with heavy helpings of pure soul. “I guess it’s been called retro, alternative soul which is a bit of a mouthful, it doesn’t seem like it’s really that alternative either, it’s funny because a lot of people seem to say it’s quite alternative or strange but you’ve got Pharrell and Bruno Mars making big hits with similar sounds so it’s not like no one is doing it.”