Derwin Panda hails from the UK, but his music as Gold Panda is inspired by far-off places like Hong Kong and Brazil. The producer has travelled all over, but there's one place that is most precious to him - Japan. For his third album and first for City Slang Records, Good Luck and Do Your Best, Derwin returned to Japan for inspiration, accompanied by photographer friend Laura Lewis. Their plan was to make a final product that was as visual as it was musical, but the way Derwin sees it, his artistic creation is hardly a vehicle he controls.
"You don't control the music you make. The tracks need to reveal themselves", he says. "Personally I don't think I can choose to make it how I want." He was basically visiting Japan and waiting to see what would happen. One unpredictable moment came while exiting a cab in Hiroshima. The driver's farewell, in broken English, was "Good Luck and Do Your Best." The statement hit home for Derwin immediately, and was the spark that ignited the album throughout its construction. It's out May 27, watch the video for "Time Eater" below.
Gold Panda - 'Good Luck And Do Your Best'
1. Metal Bird
2. In My Car
3. Chiba Nights
4. Pink And Green
5. Song For A Dead Friend
6. I Am Real Punk
7. Autumn Fall
9. Time Eater
11. Your Good Times Are Just Beginning
Gold Panda tour dates:
March 3 – Zeewolde, NL - Where the Wild Things Are Fest
March 25 - Amsterdam, NL - DGTL Fest
May 29 - London, UK - Tufnell Park Dome
June 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
June 11 - London, UK - Field Day Festival
June 16 - Barcelona, ES - Parc Del Forum