We always get really excited about new music, but especially when said music inspires visions of motion picture. Caleb Groh has just released his EP-“Hot Pop”, and many of his tracks do just that: bring visions of motion picture. Since we could only choose one, we are highlighting his song “Let it Groh” for this week’s Synch Song of the Week.
In addition to allowing us to show off his work, Groh took time to answer a handful of questions for us, so be sure to read on to the end!
“Let it Groh” draws us in one instrument at a time, building on a fantastic beat that weaves together in a perfect pattern. Right before Groh comes in with his opening line, a synthesizer dances through the basic rhythm set by its team of sounds. The motif reappears throughout the track and acts as the voice of reason amidst the tough and honest lyrics and musical background.
The song is a sweet combination of empty, reverberated yearning mixed in with a level, up front sense of self. “Leave here smiling in departures/Come home crying in arrivals/I’ve lost myself”, swoons Groh. The ambiguity of the lyrics leave so much room for interpretation, but since we love the depth of this song, we can imagine it played against a vibrant scene, where the editing matches the boldness of the drum beat. Perhaps a tough transition, if playing off of the second verse: “On the cusp of reason/Solstice of a brand new season”. We don’t sense the hardships to be overbearing in the words, which is why this song is leading us to a scene of simply honest reflection and constant motion; lightness in the journey of discovery.
Q: How do you feel about music licensing in general?
Fantastically! I’ve been a fan of film as long as I’ve been a fan of music. It’s always so cool to see someone’s visual interpretation of your audible work- it’s almost like a game of telephone.
Q: Do you ever write with any sort of visual inspiration?
All the time! My newest body of work was an accompaniment to my first visual art show, so there’s a very direct correlation there.
Q: Have you had any of your songs synched to picture before?
Yes! Nothing outside of the usual wedding / travel video.
Q: Do you ever compose custom music, or do you have to just write when you feel it?
I definitely set boundaries for myself, and write a body of work to suit a certain mood or visual, but as of yet, not for others.
Q: What is your favorite music in film moment?
a. when Audrey plays Moon River
b. when Paul Newman sings Plastic Jesus in Cool Hand Luke
c. Randy Newman at all
Q: I watched an interview where you talked about always surrounding yourself with people who are better than you. Can you talk about what it’s like to live in a city full of creators, and the importance of staying true to your sound?
Surrounding myself with those people is never intentional, it just so happens that my friends are all on another level. It’s so cool to be a part of that. I don’t know that I can address the importance of staying true to a sound, but I can say that the more you play / witness your friends play, you usually find who you are by eliminating who you’re not.
Q: You have chosen a path in life that appears very intuition-based. Can you share a little bit about your journey and offer some advice for any artists who may not feel as comfortable in trusting their inner voice?
That’s cool!- I see my path as being meticulously thought out, but it’s interesting that it appears intuitive. That leads to the first bit of advice: usually, you’re the one telling yourself that you can’t do something. In that way, the heart gets in the way of the head, you can’t trust your intuition if it starts to take you there. As for finding your own voice- eliminate everything people think you are or expect you to be. What if there was only you. Who would you be / what would you sound like? That’s you.