EXCLUSIVE: G-Nome Project Talks International Tours, New Album, & More Ahead Of Chi-Town Show

first_imgLive For Live Music: Touring the U.S. involves some major logistics for any band. As a band based outside the U.S., what goes into the planning and execution of making an overseas tour happen?Eyal Salomon: First things first, we need to figure out how to condense an entire national tour into a short amount of time on the road. We have to hit a lot of venues and markets but also make sure we’re not sacrificing too much time away from family and jobs back at home. That, in turn, also makes being able to do one-off gigs pretty much impossible. Once we’ve locked in all the actual dates, we then have to deal with all the travel-related issues that come up whentravelingg from overseas like flights, visas, transporting gear, and so on.All of the tour prep is done remotely before we even step foot in the U.S., which means there’s also a lot of coordinating with people here on the ground before we arrive. That includes everything from promoters and venues to local acts and street teams as well as lodging and figuring out where our home base will be. On top of all that, we have a tight budget that we need to fit all that into in order to make a tour financially viable.L4LM: What is the “Digital Gouda” tour? How does one come up with the branding of the tour?ES: One thing we always like to do—whether it’s a tour name, artwork, song covers, or local support—is to dip into our fan base and try to crowdsource and see what our fans come up with. “Digital Gouda” was an amalgamation of suggestions from two different fans that we combined, and the play on words just stuck.L4LM: Any plans on releasing a proper studio album?ES: Yes! This goes back to the difficulties of being an internationally touring band, as our costs are so high that it makes allocating funds for a full-on studio album much more difficult. But it’s definitely something we’re working on and are excited for.L4LM: Who are some of the artists you have met on this side of the pond that you have become close with, or been influenced by in some way?ES: This is definitely a tough one to answer. We’ve met so many awesome bands and musicians on the road and at festivals that have become part of our network/extended family here. The first group of people we really connected with was our good friends in Tweed. From there, we’ve had the pleasure of playing some shows with a couple of really amazing and talented local acts and friends including The Mushroom Cloud, Lord Electro, and In Flux.Other bands that we’ve crossed paths with and have really helped us out along the way are Broccoli Samurai and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. The guys from Pigeons and Broc Sam have really given us some invaluable advice from the beginning on what it’s like to be a touring band, and that’s really helped guide us to where we’re at today. Some of the other bands we’ve had the pleasure of meeting and performing alongside definitely are Lotus and The New Deal, both of whom have been huge influences on our sound. It was nice being able to discuss the intricacies of being an internationally touring band with The New Deal and see that they’ve had to deal with a lot of the same issue that we have.This past summer tour, we were lucky enough to get to play at two festivals that Lotus was headlining—Summerdance and Great North. What great guys that radiate the best of vibes! It was such a blast having Chuck Morris sit in with us for the second time, the first being in Denver on our very first U.S. tour. He’s just such a fun guy to play with and an all-around mensch. Another great highlight of this past summer tour was the whole band sitting in with Wyllys at a late night VIP DJ set at Summer Camp. Definitely look forward to linking up with him in the future.L4LM: Being on the road isn’t easy at all, but what happens out there that makes the grind so satisfying for you?ES: Being able to connect with the fans, both musically and personally, is one of the greatest feelings a musician can experience. All the time and effort that we put into making it all happen is instantly worth it the minute we look out into the crowd and see all the smiling faces. Being that we’re so heavily based in improv, it’s a really uplifting and unique experience to be able to get that instant feedback and energy from a crowd of fans dancing away. That alone makes it worth it and we wouldn’t trade that for anything else in the world.Tickets for G-Nome Project with Mr. Constant at Tonic Room on Thursday, Nov. 9th are currently 0n-sale and can be purchased here. For show updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Show Info:Bands:    G-Nome Project w/ Mr. ConstantVenue:    Tonic Room – 2447 N. Halsted Street – Chicago, IL 60614Date:       Thursday – November 9th, 2017Time:      Doors 8pm / Show 9pmTickets:  $15adv / $20dos (Purchase tickets here) Israeli livetronica act G-Nome Project is currently on their fall tour in the U.S., with shows in Colorado this week as they make their way to Chicago for a headlining spot at the Tonic Room on Thursday, November 9th, which will see the group joined by up-and-coming psychedelic jam act Mr. Constant, a young trio that has been burning the midnight oil around the local since 2014. G-Nome Project, which is based in Jerusalem, has carved out a loyal fan base here in the States with their electro-funk stylings built on the basic tenets of all things jam, earning the ensemble headlining and festival appearances across the country (purchase tickets here).Live For Live Music recently spoke with keyboardist Eyal Salomon to discuss the difficulties of touring the United States as an international act, G-Nome Project‘s plans to release a proper studio album, connecting with fans on a musical and personal level, and the band’s relationship with other jam bands on the scene, including Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The New Deal, Lotus, and more. Check out the interview below.G-Nome Project Live at Nectar’s 9/1/15:last_img

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