A good song demands it's creator to say something, and it's listener to take something from it. It establishes a
connection that resonates, even once you've turned off your iPod. In today's musical climate, songwriters capable
of this are rare to come by. Meet Goldenwest from Los Angeles, CA. But wait, where they are coming from is a lot
more than just a location. They are everywhere, in every kid, on every street corner, in every voice that needs
to be heard.
It's hip hop, but it's dream pop, but it's dance, but it's not - it's difficult to box Goldenwest into one genre,
but that's what gives definition to their unique identity. The band takes a bite out of Southern California's
diverse music culture and it's audible in their music. Within only a few months of leaking their tracks online,
Goldenwest's Wes Smith, Shaun Profeta, and Colin Baylen have landed placements on E!'s Keeping Up With the
Kardashians, a cameo on MTV's 25th season of the Real World in Las Vegas (to air early this year), an invitation
out to the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX, and have racked up tens of thousands of hits and downloads
in the few, small corners of the internet where people have managed to find their songs. Shaun Profeta said it
best , "We don't do this for anything other reason than to make you smile, feel the love, and feel the love
back." With the March release of their Through My Eyes EP (self-recorded in the band's studio and produced by
Baylen), its likely that these numbers will only grow, and that their following will only grow. Shit, I think
they just did.
"We're making music because we enjoy making it, that's our bottom line when creating. The fact that people outside
of the three of us like it is a bonus. We're just trying to have a good time, are you?" says frontman Wes Smith.
And he speaks the truth - listen to their music and you can hear it, see them live and you can watch it. Just be
sure to buy your tickets soon.