Fantastic Voyage co-founder Danny Goliger is embarking on his debut album “Meaningful Pursuits” with the intention of documenting how he has grown as a musician and an individual in the past year and a half. For the Echo Park based musician, Danny‘s journey has become a profound experience with self-care, expansive projects, and his very first album. While his IDM album has been heavily influenced by UK artists and labels alike, his passion for originality has put the future of electronic music in the spotlight. What does innovation mean to a massive industry of music producers?
You listed Aphex Twin, Autechre, Floating Points, and Proem as influences – is the UK scene somewhere you would see yourself performing?
For me, the UK’s music scene is consistently one of the most inspiring in the world. I’m so fascinated by the continuum of hardcore music from the British Isles, from breakbeat to jungle to garage/2-step, and labels such as Warp, XL, Hessle Audio, Livity Sound, Lobster Theremin, and Shall Not Fade are always putting out some of my favorite records. [Their musicians] have an amazing way of importing all these influences (such as house/techno from the US, or dub sound-system culture from Jamaica), and synthesizing them into something new and fantastic. I would absolutely love to perform in the UK, it’s a huge career goal for me.
“This Meaningful Pursuits album coincided with some deep changes in my personal life. I’ve been sober for a year and a half now, and I started seeing a therapist for the first time in my life. I stopped eating meat, started meditating, and practicing yoga. […] Music is also one of those lifelong practices that keep me sane and healthy. Like the rest of [my habits], it also requires some daily engagement in order to maintain your skill and output.”
Danny Goliger is about creating new habits and maintaining consistency throughout all areas of life
Which “physical, emotional, spiritual, and musical” pursuits were important to you making this album?
This Meaningful Pursuits album coincided with some deep changes in my personal life. I’ve been sober for a year and a half now, and I started seeing a therapist for the first time in my life. I stopped eating meat, started meditating, and practicing yoga (to name a few). These are all pursuits that require daily maintenance in order to sustain, but they are very worthwhile as far as their impact on my physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Music is also one of those lifelong practices that keep me sane and healthy. Like the rest of them, it also requires some daily engagement in order to maintain your skill and output. I am not someone who believes in inspiration as a magical thunderbolt that strikes once in a while, but rather I believe that through daily practice you can train yourself to enter a flow state where inspiration is accessible to you. Thus, all of these meaningful pursuits become lifelong practices, which allow you to reap immense benefits if you are disciplined and dedicated to your practice.
Do you hope to see more IDM in Los Angeles? Any local IDM artists you want to work with?
I’d love to see more IDM in LA! But not just IDM, I’d be so unbelievably happy to see more experimental electronic music represented here, regardless of what genre or style it is. We have such a thriving music scene here in Los Angeles, but it would always be nice to see more artists producing left-field dance tracks, more labels releasing it, and more lineups showcasing experimental performers (whether local or touring). I’m hoping that the US will soon be ready for forward-thinking electronic music to become more prevalent. But it might require a bit of a cultural shift that not all electronic music is for the club, and not all club records have to be so functional. That being said, there are some local heavyweights that I would definitely love to work with such as Baseck whose music is absolutely mad, as well as plenty of amazing local techno producers such as Trovarsi, or Truncate who are also making insane music.
“I’m hoping that the US will soon be ready for forward-thinking electronic music to become more prevalent. But it might require a bit of a cultural shift that not all electronic music is for the club, and not all club records have to be so functional.”
Danny Goliger’s Innovation Shift for Music
You’re collaborating on another album(s), can you give us a sneak peek on what’s coming up?
I don’t have plans for a new full-length album at the moment, but I have been making sooo much music since this last record. I have a new collab project called DiGJiT with my friend DJ Health who has been one of my favorite DJs in LA for the last few years. He has absolutely impeccable taste, and we really clicked when we started making music together about 6 months ago. The project started with some UK garage-inspired tracks, and has veered into house, techno, melodic stuff inspired by Overmono and Bicep, and more recently some very tough gnarly sounding electro and breakbeat techno. We are both super into collecting synths and drum machines, so we are hoping to put together some hardware live sets so that we can start gigging as a duo. On top of that I have some new music with PVLMS and Justin Jay that just got signed to the Australian label clipp.art, as well as a forthcoming EP of mellow, melodic breakbeat music that I am finishing up for Dirtybird.