We had the good fortune of connecting with Elder Brycen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elder, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
This is a complicated question for a musician, because realistically, there’s never an end to your career if you do it right. I imagine even Paul McCartney has goals he’s still aiming for. The biggest goal for Golden Plates as a “band” is to play with a professional symphony orchestra, like Metallica did with S&M or Portishead with NYC Roseland. Beyond this, I also aspire to produce other artists across various genres. There’s no end to the possibilities of this, when you look at collaborations between Paul Banks and RZA on Banks and Steelz or Mark Ronson and Josh Homme on the most recent Queens of the Stone Age album. Of course, just creating music is a reward in and of itself. If my songs can comfort one person in the depths of sorrow, if a live performance can be a part of somebodies perfect weekend, or a road trip sing along, that’s all that really matters. No matter what, it’s about the fans. Too many artists get that part wrong.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Golden Plates is a virtual band with a revolving cast of characters, some real but mostly imaginary. We’ve performed with aliens from the planet Kolob, my imaginary identical polygamous quadruplets, friends and coworkers with false instruments, and more. 5 years ago when we got started, I never would have guessed that kids in Argentina would or the Ukraine be fans of our music, but here we are. Music marketing is tough. There’s a lot of snake oil out there, grifters who promise you the world for a bit of cash. “get your music heard by 5,000 people for 50 bucks!” is every 3rd ad in my social media, but of course those 5,000 “people” are all bots. With over 40,000 new songs being uploaded to every major streaming service every day, it’s not easy to cut through the noise. Artists desperately send links to people on social media, not even knowing if the person on the other end likes their style of music, and most of them are very talented, but they’ll never be heard, because they don’t take care of their potential fans. That’s why we started the Golden Plates Congregation; so that everyone without a spiritual home in some hokey religion can find community with us.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We haven’t lived in LA for a while, so this would be a fun visit for us too! We’d go to Lono Hollywood for at least 2 happy hours, the Frolic room, and Lucky Baldwins, Roscoes for hangover food, Sugarfish for sushi, head up to Neptunes Net for a lunch, Arroyo Chop House in Pasadena for a steak dinner, and absolutely see a show at the Fonda and the the Bootleg Theater, maybe hit up karaoke at the Red Lion Tavern, stop for a photo op at the Huntington Library, and probably wander around Koreatown for Shabu, Soju and whatever else. In San Diego, our new home, we always take everyone to ZZ:AN Korean Soju House. Best fried chicken you will ever eat.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To the man who calls himself my father, your neglect and abuse taught me empathy and compassion.
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