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Nothin’ But Good Times Ahead

Before Good Times Ahead was performing at major music festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella, they were just two college students with humble beginnings of busting out house, electro house, trap, and hip-hop in a dorm room converted to a recording studio. But those humble beginnings in 2010 didn’t take long to blow up into a full scale national touring duo producing and collaborating music with some of the biggest influencers in the music industry.

The duo would go on to release two singles in 2011 with the support of label Laidback Luke and, as they say, the rest is history. They quickly caught the attention of Diplo and landed a feature on his 2012 track, “Express Yourself,” followed by touring the globe with Rihanna during her 2013 Diamonds World Tour. Add in sharing a stage with the likes of Calvin Harris and Tiesto as well as recording studio hits with Vince Staples and Skrillex and you’ll quickly notice this isn’t a group defined by a single genre.

Julio Mejia and Matt Toth of Good Times Ahead. Photo sourced from @WeAreGTA on Instagram.

We had the chance to catch up with the Miami native duo before they made the journey to Athens to light up the latest installment of #FEST.

You guys have played a lot of major music festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella, what do you guys like about being apart of a music festival? 

For us, being a part of a music festival has always been a fan experience. The best part about playing a music festival like Lollapalooza and Coachella though, is the many different bands/singers we get to catch after/before we play!

What’s your favorite part of the creation process?

Creating the beats and melodies is probably our favorite, we’re always bouncing ideas off of each other and we just get in the zone that way.

Through all your time working with a variety of different artists in different genres, you’ve been able to produce music for just about any musical taste preference. Why is this idea of “death to genres” important to you guys?

We think it’s important to stay open minded, especially nowadays. We have always loved both making and listening to all kinds of music and it was important for our fans to know that, and that’s what we have wanted from the beginning with “Death To Genres”.

Do you have any memorable stories from being on tour or in the recording studio with any of the artists?

We will always remember getting to bowl with Rihanna in Melbourne, Australia. Definitely unforgettable hahaha. We lost, and nothing else exciting happened, but its bad gyal RiRi!

What are you most looking forward to when you play in Athens?

We can’t wait to play out all this new music and edits that we’ve been working on for this festival season! Also, we hear [Athens has] a ton of bars that we need to check out!

Are there any songs or sets that you have the most fun performing?

Of course! Our bootleg of Saria’s Theme from Zelda has never failed us! GTA – Saria’s Turn Up! It has so much energy and of course everyone knows that melody!

Who is hardest eater to please when you’re on tour?

Julio has a strict no greens policy. Haha.

What’s the after show like for you guys?

We usually take it easy, but if it’s the right occasion we might party!

Can you give us the last three songs you listened to?

Jauz x Josh Pan x YOOKiE – Dinner Chat // Vince Staples – Get The F**k Off My Dick // IDLES – Well Done

Whose parent is the biggest fan?

Probably Matt’s dad, he named his boat after us (Good Times Ahead)!

Good Times Ahead is set to play at The Venue of Athens, Ohio on April 20 for #FEST. You can get your tickets here.

Feature photo sourced from GTA’s website.

Mitch Hooper

Mitch Hooper


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