After Red Rooster refused to display this interview on one of their in-store digital menus - only one option remained. My website. I spoke with Gocsy back in February about an artist-on-artist interview when I was deep in assembling promotional assets for my new album. Thought we'd have a light chat about the biz but before I knew it - Covid-19 changed everything. Both our tours were cancelled and our initial back and forward exchange was usurped by the chaos and our plans were no more. So we also did a follow-up check-in. Life got in the way of me getting this out in the most timely fashion but some things are forever and I guess this is now one of them.
Part 1: Before the world changed. Jeremy: I first caught a set of yours at Brisbane Comedy Festival in 2016 as part of ‘Born and Bread’ and I was immediately a fan. This was pretty quickly solidified by your take on ‘Ocean Girl’ as part of Gocsy’s Classics being my most recommended video of 2017. Since then, I’ve followed your socials and got a pretty good insight to the man that is Gocsy. You’ve got a lot of heart and a lot of hustle and well - that’s one of my favourite combinations of traits. Aaron: that’s cool mate, quite a longtime follower! I’ve been following you a while too! Jeremy: There seems to be a lot of nostalgic elements - in terms of pop culture and the Australia of the 90s or suburbia in general that I see in your work - it’s a strong aesthetic and one that really takes me back. I was raised to the north of Brisbane in a magical place called Mango Hill. What suburb or suburbs did you spend most of your childhood in? And what was the best thing in said suburb? Aaron: I’m glad you picked up on that as things like The Castle and various suburban Aussie things I saw on tv growing up were a big influence on me – plus just the things I saw around me in Sunnybank Hills where I grew up. The southern suburbs of Brisbane, I liked that kind of mundaneness of suburbia - shopping centres, parks, sports clubs etc Jeremy: I think the music biz is pretty tough - there’s a lot of uncertainty out there - and I imagine the same is true of comedy? Behind the scenes on the journey so far - has it been a real slog or have you found yourself in a natural rhythm of creativity and opportunity? Aaron: Yeah there has been tough times – when I questioned if there is a point to doing it etc, but just kind of hoped I would find people who were into it – kind of how I felt being a fan of maybe some more obscure comedians and musicians, like if I could find these weirder acts, maybe people will find me. Jeremy: I’ve been making dad rock for all my adult life but I’m about to become a real life dad for the first time. Do you have a go-to piece of parenting advice? Aaron: First of all - congratulations! Secondly I guess just always being patient, not expecting things to still be how they were before - things change but that’s ok, that’s what its all about really – it changes your life! Jeremy: What’s your ultimate role in the biz? More scripted work i.e. your own sitcom or sketch show? Or do you prefer the live standup circuit leading to an eventual highly acclaimed Netflix special? Or even the bridge from comedy to action star? Aaron: Sorry to sit on the fence here but really I like both – love working with people and having stuff written for me, but also there is good about being solo – doing my own standup stuff, it can make you proud like I thought of that thing that people are laughing at and enjoying. Jeremy: I know you’re haunted (mostly in a positive way?) by your previous ‘stitch up’ catchphrase but have you made some progress on what you think will be your greatest catchphrase legacy of the 2020s? Aaron: Haha nah not sure what the next catchphrase will be, maybe a Fred Flintstone style yabbadabbadoo sort of thing? Jeremy: Honestly, that is exactly what the world needs right now. You’re loved by a lot of bands and have had a few team-ups so far (Tape / Off, Violent Soho, Last Dinosaurs) - where does this put you in terms of releasing your own album? Aaron: Oh man this is a dream – unfortunately the reality is I suck at music! But its been great to have the support of the music circuit. Great bands and great people! Singing along with songs will be as far as it goes with me I think. Jeremy: Your new range of flavoured milk holders are the must have item of the Summer. Unfortunately, dairy stopped agreeing with me awhile back but I found solace in that Cocobella brand Chocolate Coconut Water. It’s pretty close. At least as far as I remember. Have you given it a burl? Aaron: Not sure about that particular brand but have dabbled with some coconut beverages in my time, some aren’t too bad…and some others didn’t quite hit the spot.
Part 2: After social distancing / lockdown and the cancellation of Gocsy’s Comedy Festival appearances and Jeremy’s album tour. Jeremy: I remember just a few weeks ago we could talk about flavoured milk without considering how it is now limited to 2 cartons per visit to the shops. I’m a real sucker for a good routine and I love a bit of stability so this current climate is a bloody nightmare. I’m starting to rebuild and have finally gotten myself away from endlessly scrolling the news. How are you holding up, Gocsy? Aaron: It’s a very weird time isn’t it? Trying to get the now sorted out but also thinking about the future a bit – it’s a bit weird for me because it has made me overthink things a bit. I’m happiest when I don’t think too much, but this has made me think who am I, what am I doing etc - don’t like that! Plus also the obvious day to day things of how to actually go about it as well. Jeremy: 100%. Overthinking truly is the enemy. I haven’t really figured out what to do musically at the moment. I feel like I should have extra creative time but I’m kinda trapped in limbo cos an album doesn’t really feel complete until it’s toured. I will assign myself some new creative projects though cos I always need to be working on something to not go stir-crazy. What’s your current plan for the next few months? Aaron: Yes that’s what I feel like as well – a few people have suggested to me things I can do but I’m just trying to get myself into that headspace as I thought I was going to be doing the festival show for a couple months, not easy to go from thinking that to now be thinking of making more new stuff. I’ve never been one to force myself to make new stuff, its always come pretty naturally. And like I said before I overthink things then get stuck in a bit of cycle of doubt, questioning myself etc. Like part of me is thinking take it easy it’ll come and the other is thinking time to make things happen – but its never been my style. Jeremy: Gocsy, straight up - what’s the best way people can help support you during this time? Is it by becoming a patron on your Patreon? Buying merch? Ordering a shoutout on Cameo? Aaron: Yeah merch would be great – send me a message on my social pages to sort it out. Cameo is great as well. I guess if anybody wants a private gig too once this calms down we can hopefully start to sort that out soon too.
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