Organic Gold began as a rotating bill of musicians. Founded in 2017 by Jonny Cole and Matt Schmidt, original songs were written and recorded in an old trailer on a Bainbridge Island farm. Early OG demos commonly featured different singers with Matt playing guitar and drums and Jonny playing bass, synth, and engineering the tracks. While trying to find direction, they tried their hands at a variety of styles, from punk to jazz, stoner rock to synth pop. In 2020 Jonny took over after Matt moved to the Alaskan frontier with his love Steph Zanati (a regular synth player with OG).
Program a beat, modulate an arpeggiator, overdrive a busy bassline, or detune a chorus laden guitar. From trip hop vibes to punk rhythms, spacey psychedelic riffs to syncopated beats, OG influences are underpinned by eclectic influences like Kraftwerk, Human League, Klaxons, and Hot Chip, combined with Jonny skills in recording and mixing engineering. Jonny can also be found branching out and pulling other bands like grungy, gravely, northwest rock Golden Day Lodge and the soul fueled indy rock of The Black Chevys into his studio; contributing his talents in bass and piano to their songs. Ask for a collaboration and you might be surprised.