Parachute For Gordo: The Fest Shalom Interview

Fest Shalom is here! Today Beth Shalom’s best bands play Signature Brew Haggerston, and we caught up with Parachute For Gordo to chat their live show.


How important is playing live music to Parachute for Gordo?

PFG was formed as a live band first and foremost, so it’s very important to us. At the most immediate level, and something that lockdown showed everybody who plays music, it’s really fun to just play very loud and energetic music with your friends, and that’s something we’ve really missed. At a more fundamental level, playing live is how the music grows and changes with us over time. The context of the room, the audience, even where we put songs in a set can all change everything. It’s vital to us.

How do you bring the dynamics and textures to your live show?

Our music tends to be very dynamic, with a wide range of possible levels of intensity and rhythm. When we put a set together we think carefully about the choice of songs and the journey that creates, and we try to make it new every time. 

In terms of technology, one of Laura’s interests is in adapting and using technology for live performance. We will play with drones and samples, or use Ableton for custom effects. As part of her PhD work, Laura is currently looking into very exciting new techniques for affecting drum sounds live, we’re looking forwards to experimenting with that on our new material.

What can people expect from the Parachute for Gordo Fest Shalom set?

Beautiful music. Sweat. Laughter. Big noise. A journey.

Which band on the Fest Shalom lineup are you most excited to catch and why?

Always nice to catch up with the folks from itoldyouiwouldeatyou, and we’ve really been enjoying Bryony Williams’ music so very much looking forward to catching her live.

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