We had a chat with upcoming pop star Teddi Gold to find out about everything from her unique upbringing to her colourful sound
Teddi Gold is something of an anomaly in contemporary music. Tucked away from mainstream culture on a remote island in the Caribbean for her formative years, Teddi has developed a refreshingly unique and bold take on electronic pop.
This unique flair is heard throughout her music, especially on Born Music favourite ‘Cash‘. This distinctive sound meshed with her distinctive colourful aesthetic makes Teddi Gold an artist that is very much one to look out for. We caught up with the exciting upstart to find out a little more about the artist behind the art.
Who TF is Teddi Gold?
“Teddi Gold has been described as vibrant, a fresh new wave, someone who takes no prisoners, a girl who grew up on an island with two dads, someone who likes to make social commentaries through upbeat music, and a self-aware pop songstress” I think all those things are somewhat true- depending on the day. Hopefully my music gives you a sense of who I am. I will say that the name Teddi comes from my Grandpa. My grandpa Ted. He passed away before I was born, but I have always felt a strong connection to him.
How long have you been making music?
I’ve been making music professionally for a few years now. I explored many genres of music before finding my current sound.Why do you make music? It keeps me inspired and I feel a sense of purpose.
What are your biggest influences?
Patti Smith, Blondie, The Spice Girls, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kathleen Hanna to name a few. I love female artists who had the odds stacked against them and broke though in their own unique ways.
What would you say has been your best moment so far?
There have been so many great moments so far. I think my favourite moment was when my brother texted me from a wework in NYC and said he just heard “Video Games” playing on the ceiling speaker system. That was pretty cool. People hearing my music outside of my local bubble.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
I want people to feel good about themselves—to feel empowered and to know they have a friend who understands what they are going through. I’m no stranger to hardship, and I want others to feel that I understand if they are going through something. I’ve been there. They aren’t alone and they will get to the other side.
What’s your dream “I’ve made it” moment?
When I can have confetti and bubble machines at my shows.
Your debut EP Vol. 1 is out now! What was the process like putting it together?
It took over a year to put together. There were several people and producers involved. Getting all the music to one place and making sure all the songs were cohesive. I originally had six songs for the EP, but realized that two of them weren’t lyrically ready to be released. I think you might hear those ones on the next EP.
Your unique upbringing is often cited as a reason for your equally unique sound, how do you feel that this has impacted your work?
I think my childhood played a part in moulding my sound. I was isolated from the mainstream culture so I wasn’t as influenced by it. When I moved to the States, I realized I missed a giant chunk of pop culture. The music I heard growing up was upbeat, steel drums, latin beats, and so much dancing. I danced in the carnival as a kid and I think I realized how music can make you feel. Sometimes the lyrics were heavy but the music still made you move.
The sky looks set to be the limit following Vol. 1, what does the near future have in store for Teddi Gold?
More music and a music video!
And finally, who is your biggest fan right now?
Outside of family and friends, this guy Jack who follows me on Instagram. He came to my first show and said he would owe me $15 for each show he missed. He did miss a show and he tried to venmo me. I didn’t let him, but I think he might be my biggest fan right now. Thank you Jack!