How Goshfather Reclaimed His Groove by Releasing 52 Songs in a Year
In the mercurial world of dance music, artists rising and falling from the public eye is a familiar rhythm. But within this fluctuating landscape, the trajectory of Goshfather emerges as a compelling narrative of resilience and reinvention—a testament to the transformative power of self-awareness and artistic dedication.
In the late 2010s, Goshfather, once one-half of the ascendant touring act Goshfather & Jinco, found himself at a crossroads following the duo's split. Stepping back into the spotlight solo, he grappled with an ego that had been inflated by past successes.
"I didn't allow myself to accept certain opportunities because I thought, 'I'm too good for that,' and that messed me up in a big way because it made me not work," Goshfather admits in a conversation with EDM.com.
Ultimately, the resulting internal struggle led to a period marked more by words than action—and an enduring lack of self-trust. Mired in a feedback loop, he often found himself hinging on external validation from his peers to release his music, a practice that ironically led to further stagnation rather than progression.
Today, Goshfather has learned to appreciate his creative instincts. "I tell people, 30 days of no feedback will change your life because you will start getting to know your own voice as an artist," he said.
Goshfather's turning point came during a candid conversation with a fellow music producer that subsequently shattered his cycle of inaction. He realized that regardless of the nature of the feedback he received—positive or negative—his response was consistently the same: the music remained unreleased. It was a sobering realization, and as a result, he knew he had to shake things up.
Almost immediately thereafter, in January 2023 Goshfather embarked on a bold and ambitious journey, challenging himself to release a song a week for an entire year—a metaphorical rebuttal to the mindset of his former self. Considering his track record of just five releases over the previous four years, this was no small feat. His commitment to consistency marked a significant departure from his earlier sporadic output and required a complete overhaul of his creative process.
"I was trying to defeat this old version of myself as an artist that sat on their laurels and tried to control everything," he says.
Goshfather notes that the looming prospect of quitting the challenge was ever-present within the first five weeks. Whether it was the arbitrary time constraint or the suggestion that he was burning out his audience, the producer recognized that he was looking for a reason to give up.
"When you as an artist try to do anything your ego is on full alert and will find a reason out in the world to justify why you should not be changing things in your life," Goshfather explains. "And there's so many times where I was wondering if I was doing something wrong."
Now triumphing over his doubts more frequently, Goshather went on to remix a plethora of tracks, including John Summit's "Where You Are" and Flosstradamus and TroyBoi's "Soundclash."
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The journey soon became transformative. As weeks turned into months, Goshfather began to identify his inner voice and develop a newfound clarity in his approach. He eliminated distractions, focusing solely on his craft and harnessing a sense of dedication that paid off in droves.
From playing major venues to receiving support on BBC Radio 1's "Diplo and Friends" and even calls to share his newfound wisdom, Goshfather's journey of self-discovery and discipline didn't just rejuvenate his career; it positioned him as a mentor, guiding aspiring artists through the creative pitfalls he had overcome.
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Having successfully completed his yearlong challenge, Goshfather now stands at the cusp of a new chapter in his career. No longer bound by the compulsion to release weekly, he plans to delve deeper into his artistry and focus on original toplines and songwriting. It's an intentional shift that signifies not only a change in frequency, but also an evolution in the depth and breadth of his musical expression.
Goshfather's narrative of confront and conquer through creative action is one that resonates not within the confines of the electronic music scene, but across the creative spectrum. His journey underscores a universal truth in the realm of any artistic endeavor: growth and innovation often stem from challenging our own limits and daring to redefine our approach.
"If I'm the last human on Earth I'm making these songs for, it has to be worth it for me in some way," he says. "The way that it was worth it was it allowed me to uncover the fact that I'm a musician because I enjoy making this stuff and I love the process. It was the reclamation of loving the creative process of making dance music."