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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Good Amount

Local musician Christian Filardo has been playing music under various monikers for six years now and he’s not even legally allowed to drink alcohol (he turns 21 in May). Filardo formed his newest project Good Amount, after the hiatus of his previous venture Vladee Divacc.

Good Amount will perform live at Trunk Space’s eight-year-anniversary party on Saturday, April 6, or if you can’t make it to the show, his name-your-own-price album is available on Bandcamp.

The Spec interviewed Filardo about his inspiration and favorite Trunk Space memories, read what he has to say below…

Who/what are your influences?
My music is concept based and heavily influenced by the present state I am in emotionally and physically. Improvisation and chance largely influence my work along with Taoism, Meredith Monk, John Cage, Sungsang, nature, and light.

How did you come up with your name?
Good Amount was birthed from the idea that a “good amount” is never enough. He gave a good amount of effort. Or there was a good amount of food, but I am still hungry. It is about not being enough.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I am working on tons of projects: a West Coast tour, putting out tons of tapes with my label Holy Page, a split 7″ with Drainbow, joining the Starbucks band with my brother and Sungsang, a documentary on the Trunk Space, Secret Tongues, feeling positive, and working on myself.

What inspires your music?
Right now, nature and self-reflection really inspire my music. People I love and care about, places of higher being, Netflix documentaries, the Earth. Travelling does too, all that basic inspirational stuff. I just try to tap into myself and get really free with my music.

Why do you make music?
Sound/music is another artistic outlet for me. I love it for what it can make someone feel and how textural it can be. It’s really easy to make something dense and something light with sound. I love the feel of the medium and all it has to offer visually and emotionally.

Why do you feel it’s important to have smaller venues like the Trunk Space?
The Trunk Space and venues like it are important because they allow all-ages crowds access to art in a safe and malleable environment. The Space constantly changes but is also cozy, warm and friendly.

How do you feel the Trunk Space has impacted the AZ music scene?
The Trunk Space, in my opinion, is the most important venue/art space to ever exist during my time in Arizona. Not just Phoenix, but Arizona. It is grass roots to the core, and does just enough to keep its doors open. JRC and Steph are two of the hardest working people I know and are two of my favorite people in the state. The venue has touched so many people and should be packed every night. It’s a legendary space that doesn’t discriminate and isn’t about image, it’s one of the only constants in the scene and should stay that way.

When did you first perform at the Trunk Space? What is your most memorable moment at the venue?
I first played at Trunk Space when I was 14. It was the Bikeula CD-R release, really great, my band was cheesy, but as a kid it was a dream come true. It’s still a dream to play at Trunk Space every time. My most memorable moment at the Trunk Space would either be the show I recently played with Parenthetical Girls, or my solo art opening there in February of last year.

Anything you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you?
Support the Trunk Space, and go out to shows, see bands you have never heard of because they will likely be the coolest new band in a couple of years. Don’t just say you will go to some other show, because there might not be another show. Musicians, performers, and artists need support, so support them. Phoenix is a great place for music and is just as cool as Portland, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, it’s just different. You have to work to find the gems here, support your scene and it will be awesome.

 

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