We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Good and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve always enjoyed creating and building things. When I was a kid I was absolutely obsessed with building legos. Even now I will occasionally build a lego and I’ll just follow the instructions. I like to allow the process to unfold and find this to be very calming. I think I feel a similar way when I’m composing or practicing percussion, the process is really meditative but at the same time incredibly engaging and involves a lot of active thinking. I think the tedious act of building something that I get to create and design myself has always been really important to me. So if it wasn’t music or percussion it might have been writing or perhaps something that involves building things from the ground up. Somehow things that can be considered tedious acts to some people are things that help me to focus while continuing to work through my creative practice. That’s also partially why I tend to lean more towards a DIY aesthetic, handwriting my music rather than using a notational software.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My music tends to be adjacent to a group called wandelweiser. This music (and mine) is often about silences, long durations and quiet sounds. For myself, I think this intimate quality is a really beautiful way to reduce things down to their simplest parts. This allows them to play out as naturally as possible.
I’m really proud to have put out a few records of my music in the past year. In December, I released slow, silent, singing an album consisting of one 80 minute glockenspiel solo performed fantastically by Michael Jones. Additionally, my friend (and roommate) Richard An and I just released a digital album of my solo piano pieces “Three Casinos in Las Vegas”.
I also play in a duo with my partner, Katie Eikam called DesoDuo and we just released a recording of my pieces “Songs for Two ” on June 1st!
all of these (and many other things) are available here:
I’m very proud of all the work on that page and hope you’ll check it out!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well first things first we’ve got to go to Amoeba Music. It is absolutely my happy place. I take anyone who has an interest in vinyl or cds.
Then for all the avid readers we will have to check out Vroman’s in Pasadena and The Last Bookstore in downtown LA.
Hiking in the Angeles National Forest is also a must. All the trails are magnificent so you can’t go wrong!
finally, we have to check out LACMA and/or Walt Disney Concert Hall
Food is a tough answer. There are so many places so here’s a small list of favorites:
Hades Hot Chicken
Lavender and Honey coffee
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?
There are so many people I’d like to thank. My teachers throughout my graduate and undergraduate studies and my friends and collaborators who have helped a ton along the way. My parents have been the biggest support system I could ever ask for and have always encouraged me to push myself. I would like to dedicate this shoutout to David Macbride. David was my first composition teacher and as a composer he primarily wrote percussion music. He was also a pianist and so a lot of our lessons involved playing pieces together and in my junior year I asked him to perform a recital with me cosisting of music for piano and percussion. I wrote some of the pieces and also performed some of his works with and without him. David passed away a few years ago but I think of him every time I compose. I often play his marimba solo “Triptych” which is based on three notes D, E, G#. I’ve noticed since his passing this little three note melody often finds its way into my pieces.
Other: Bandcamp: deso.bandcamp.com DesoDuo website: https://www.desoduo.com/ DesoDuo Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK2hDIteWyMX5Y5Z4Lf3iAA
Photos by myself and Katie Eikam …and probably my parents