interview. GODA introduces her debut EP ‘Seasons’

"I get inspired by many things in life: people's stories, my friends, my family and my own relationships, all combined into one piece"
6 February 2024

Transforming her emotions into musical tunes

Emerging artist GODA unveils her debut EP, Seasons, a project that goes beyond traditional genre limits to delve into the complex dimensions of love. With her eclectic mix of genres, ranging from rock-infused anthems to jazz fusion melodies, GODA (born Goda Kukucione) provides a fresh take on the complexities of love, drawing inspiration from her own emotions and the experiences of those around her.

Goda Kukucione, known professionally as GODA, embarked on her musical voyage at the tender age of five in Lithuania, where she was immersed in classical music. This foundation laid the groundwork for a career that would later flourish in London, where she furthered her education at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. GODA’s solo career, marked by notable tracks Who Am I and Tik Dviese, reflects her growth and exploration as an artist, earning her acclaim and a spot on radio playlists. Her performances have captivated audiences across the UK, from the O2 Academy in Islington to the vibrant music festival scene.

Seasons is the culmination of over a year of dedication and creative experimentation. The EP’s conception began with GODA at the piano, translating her feelings into melodies. This process, though challenging due to cultural and linguistic barriers, was enriched by her collaboration with talented musicians who helped bring her vision to life. The creative journey behind songs like I Will Always and The Unknown reveals GODA’s quest to find her unique sound, a blend that resonates with the essence of her artistic identity.

Transitioning from a classical music student in Lithuania to a genre-fusing artist in the UK, Goda Kukucione’s journey embodies resilience, self-discovery, and fervor.  Her diverse musical background, combined with experiences on platforms like The Voice and aspirations for Eurovision, shapes her approach to songwriting and performance. Despite the challenges of the music industry, GODA remains committed to her art, promising her fans not just an album but a continued exploration of her musical identity.

Seasons invites listeners to experience love through GODA’s eyes, offering a soundtrack for every phase of romance. As she continues to evolve and navigate the complexities of the music industry, GODA’s journey is a compelling story of artistic growth, cultural exchange, and the universal quest for authentic expression.

No one taught me how to write songs. I’ve learned this by being surrounded by many talented musicians

Your debut EP Seasons explores love through various stages. Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind this theme and how it shaped the EP?

It’s easier to write songs from pain than happiness. Most of the time I would need to be in a moment of feeling either way, to write from the heart and not fake it. All my songs start with melodies, sitting by the piano, and starting to play what I feel is right, and the rest comes later. I get inspired by many things in life: people’s stories, my friends, my family and my own relationships, all combined into one piece. I think the song, My Love is the happiest song I ever wrote and I will dedicate this to my husband Eimantas.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the EP?

The cultural barrier. I’m not English and struggle to put words into phrases. Not knowing the cultural basics of the language is difficult because I think there are many expressions and phraseologies that I could use, but I don’t know them. Also, songwriting as a process takes work. No one taught me how to write songs. I’ve learned this by being surrounded by many talented musicians, and I’m so grateful to have a band with fantastic musicians who help create all the magic arrangements.

With tracks like the rock-infused I Will Always and jazz fusion The Unknown, what was the creative process behind these genre-spanning songs?

The Unknown is phenomenal because it was so experimental, and I never thought it would become a jazz fusion tune, but I love it. It’s the same with I Will Always. I devised a piano rhythm and riff, and the melody followed. I’m still trying to find my sound, and these two songs are very close to that.

Having launched Seasons with a release party at the prestigious O2 Academy Islington, what does this milestone mean to you at this point in your career?

That was a great experience for us. We learned quite a lot from the process and some mistakes we made as we did everything ourselves. I’m very grateful to my band and everyone who worked on this project. It’s a great stage to be at, and it gives high-end content to your portfolio as an artist sharing same stage with some legends and the likes of The Script, Fall Out Boy, Tokio Hotel and more.

Can you describe your journey from learning classical music in Lithuania to blending genres in your current work, and how has this diverse background influenced your artistic expression?

Spending eight years in a classical music school was a challenge. I started school when I was five years old, so I learned notes before I learned how to write letters. However, after all these years spent in a music school, I lost the joy of music. My main subjects were choir and conducting, so I had no joy or prospects of becoming a solo artist all those years.

I’ve also been told that I would never be an artist. I needed to take few years break off of music after my graduation to fall in love with it again and start to look for my sound as a solo artist. I’m very grateful that at the time I had a great vocal teacher who influenced me into who am I today.

Your early tracks, Who Am I and Tik Dviese, received considerable attention. How do you feel your music has evolved since these initial releases?

Who Am I track is very special to me; it was the first original track I released and it does have its own story since I moved to London to follow my dream in music. Although I love both songs, I’m moving towards more of a soul genre with some jazz/blues-influenced elements.

Having participated in music TV shows like The Voice and expressing a desire to join Eurovision, how do these experiences contrast with your journey as a songwriter and solo artist?

They are both great in different perspectives. The Voice was a great experience and a significant lift of showing myself to a bigger audience. However, there is little freedom, and I think that the creativity needs to be appreciated more. I will enter Eurovision one day, but first, I need a song that would have a great chance and represent me best.

If you could have a super power what would it be?

To be able to fly.

What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?

The music industry is tough. There are so many talented people, and you always question how you are different from others. Sometimes you need to know the right people to advance your career.

In the 21st century, it is not enough be just a good musician; you need to be good at networking, you need to have a strategy in how you will promote your songs, and you also need to have a budget for all of this. It would help if you were a songwriter, musician, promoter, marketing specialist and salesperson in one.

What can we look forward to next from you?

A new album.