We had the good fortune of connecting with Remi Goode and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Remi, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Although I would steer clear of calling myself a success in any particularly notable way, I think I can talk about finding personal success in what I do. As a 21-year old singer-songwriter, I have been writing music for almost ten years, but have only found a way to be as prolific as I wanted to be in just the last year. What slowed my progress as a writer most of all was second-guessing myself and waiting for inspiration to strike. The best thing I did to consider myself a successful songwriter was hold myself accountable to work at it every day. Of course this is advice I had heard for a while, but implementing it was really important to getting where I wanted to be. Every day that I did something as small as write one lyric or come up with a chord progression, I could cross it off my list and call myself a songwriter that day. Once it became more of a habit, songwriting was always on my mind and now, I can’t escape it! For me, that was a success.
Please tell us more about your career. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I’m definitely still finding my sound. The world of music is unfathomably large and I’m still trying to find exactly what I add to it. But, I think some of the important aspects about me as a musician are my classical background, my old-school influences, and lyrical style. I grew up in classical guitar lessons and the Tucson Girls Chorus, which shaped my style of playing guitar with my fingernails and allowed me to learn how to be very comfortable with my singing voice. While I was internalizing the sound of classical music, my dad introduced me to contemporary folk music of the 80s, especially Suzanne Vega. I think both of these sides of music come together in my songwriting. I also like to challenge myself to write lyrics that can have many meanings that reveal themselves in layers. The main challenge I’ve faced, and continue to face, is second-guessing whether what I create is original, accurately represents myself, and could be of value in the vast world of music.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m currently living in Tempe because I go to school at ASU, but my hometown is Tucson. Whenever I can, I try to convince my friends to come to Tucson. I would take them to Crave Coffee Bar, which is the best coffee place in town and where I used to work. We would have to go downtown to show them all the hippie glory of 4th Ave. And of course, we’d drive up Mount Lemmon to show them the beautiful Sonoran Desert mountains that we have so close to the city!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have many people that I owe my accomplishments. My parents have been my biggest supporters from day one when they bought me my first guitar and let me join choir. They’ve always told me that the most important thing is pursuing what you love. Michael Lich, my childhood guitar teacher, has taught me most of what I know about music and encouraged me to play guitar and sing at the same time! My current professor at Arizona State University, JIJI, has taught me to push my boundaries and will always inspire me to try to be a trailblazing, 21st century, female musician. Finally, Gabe Lehrer is my duo partner for life. We have basically the same musical background and I’m sure we’ll always play music together.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5moE7kTga0oLiM6oZzoyyt?si=iCR55TrmRqSNKXeQHhF7Mg Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/remi-goode/1159536986 My band’s instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brakeforsnakesband/
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