"When I write I try to become a character in a movie and I try to see a scene from his or her’s point of view."
14 July 2021

By Lucio F

Mickael Karkousse from Belgian electro-rock band GOOSE drops the ideal summer-breeze indie-pop tune Where Do We Begin, out now via Virgin Music and gets our QuickFire Questions. The standout track is lifted from his forthcoming debut EP due later this year.

What was the first album you bought?

I don’t remember the first album that I bought, but I do have a vivid memory of the first album I received as a present: Faith by George Michael. I can still see myself on the backseat of the car listening to the album on repeat.

Who are some of your biggest musical inspirations and why?

Elvis Presley, The Beatles: they were my first musical crush. There is so much documented on their career and personal life, that from a very young age they inspired me to become a musician. Through them, I discovered the magic in music, melody, storytelling… After that I got inspired by other artists like Kraftwerk, Air, Michael Jackson, E.L.O, Gainsbourg…and they helped me form my personal sound.

What are some non-musical inspirations that motivate your music?

When I write I try to become a character in a movie and I try to see a scene from his or her’s point of view. Sometimes I use autobiographical references, but a lot of the time I just let myself drown in a fictional world. I have a big archive in my head about all kinds of movies and I think because I that I started it to look at the world from a distance like you are watching a movie. So I guess I write from life experiences, but through a camera lens.

Tell us about your single ‘Where do we Begin’?

It’s about attraction. Finding love, trying to keep it, but at the same time being auto-destructive.
I feel there is a real beauty in extremes and opposite feelings. In my songs there is never a happy ending, in fact, there is no end at all. It’s a scene, mostly very intense, and I let the listener fill in where it’s going next.

What have you got lined up for the rest of the year (2021)?

I have more tracks ready that I’m dying to share! At the end of the year, I’ll put out my first EP on vinyl. Which I’m very excited about because it gives me the opportunity to complete the visual world around my songs.