Good Old Wars’ Tim Arnold on Staying Motivated.
by Daniel Haim
This week I managed catch up with this awesome folk band called Good Old War. If you’ve never heard of them. Let me tell you, I can’t think of no other acoustic slash folk band I like to listen to more than this one. It really seems as if each single song glistens and shines with delightful and sincere vocal melodies and harmonies. The production is natural and pure, yet somehow comes across so colorful and vibrant.
Good Old War is currently touring, so make sure to check their tour dates and locations. These are one of our favorite bands to see live!
Daniel: How did all of you guys meet?
Tim: Keith and I met in high school in a haze. We were instant forever friends. We wrote songs together that made me feel good. Dan and I met through my ex girlfriend. We were instant forever friends and played instruments together and had fun.
Daniel: Who are your major influences in the music industry?
Tim: ”Our influences range from Bach to Zappato The Clash to Bob Marley to Townes Van Sandtto Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the four seasons.
Daniel: What do you draw upon for your musical inspiration?
Tim: I think we draw upon feelings when we play rather than other compositions.”
Daniel: What has been the most difficult part of breaking through into this industry?
Tim: “The hardest part is playing in a place where the sound is like am radio on crack-cocaine.”
Daniel: So I see you’re signed to Sargent House, what drew you to sign with the label and how has it been?
Tim: Cathy from Sargent House drew us in and keeps us there.”
Daniel: All because of Cathy Ha?
Tim: “Yeah, We call her “laser” for a reason.”
Daniel: Tell me what part of the music life and your music career do you like the most?
Tim: I like the part where we make music all day every day. If that’s all we had to do that would be fine and dandy. Keith adds, “Music is the ultimate feeling. “Music is the best” — Frank Zappa”
Daniel: We’ve been to one of your shows here in New York and you guys gotten off the stage and started walking around with guitars, giving the crowd a real show — that’s what I call — entertainment. Do you guys often do that?
Tim: We do it whenever we are feeling a good connection with the crowd”
Daniel: I like to ask most musicians this question, what do you feel about the music industry, and the way it’s been changing?
Tim: “as long as I can still be employed, playing music for the rest of my life, the music biz can change however it has to. I’m fine with that”